Valerio Tricoli
Clonic Earth


3.5
great

Review

by Tristan Jones EMERITUS
July 9th, 2016 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The experimental Italian composer continues with his mercurial, mind-expanding compositions.

Italian composer Valerio Tricoli amplifies sounds of mental torment and manipulates them in unexpected ways. Some similar composers craft dark-ambient-y electroacoustic soundscapes and achieve kinda-eery effects using psych-horror clichés (whispers, thuds, static, etc) that barely delve beyond the cerebral surface level; Tricoli captures everything potentially good about dark ambient / electroacoustic fusion, and renders most of his peers irrelevant. Clonic Earth achieves a fine balance of variety and cohesion, delivering a barrage of unpredictable samples, tape manipulations, field recordings, and textures. The album thrives on uncertainty, with many moments dividing the listener’s interpretation. “Stromkirche or Terminal” is an example of trying to attach psychological irrationality to a phenomenon more natural, like maybe a thunder storm, as the chaotic thuds and crashes might encourage. It feels intentionally frustrating. Amidst the wind and rain, computer noises happily beep along their business, as though mocking the listener who is stuck ruminating in a digital playground under their surveillance.

You could spend a lot of time documenting the events of each track, only to go back and cross things out, add descriptions in the margins, erase, rewrite, and so on. Transitions within songs can be smooth and carefully layered, or abrupt and misleading, redirecting where you think the narrative is supposed to go. “Interno d’incendio” has a pieced-togetherness of sound collage, like a series of related short stories collected from Louisiana bayous, submarines, deep woods, watery arctics, and so forth, never really dwelling in any one place for very long. It’s similar to Tricoli’s 2014 effort Miseri Lares (also on PAN records) in that it ambiguously cycles through these landscapes and keeps itself lost. This sensation carries through to repeated listens, as several playthroughs don’t make Clonic Earth much easier to map. There’s a recurring anxiety of being misled, fuelled further by various hushed spoken-word segments that seem to brood over the listener, or audio dead-ends: periods of dead silence that drop listeners like some ghostly trapdoor, then leaves them suspended.

It’s arguable whether or not there’s a definite beginning, middle, and end to the individual tracks, or if Tricoli opts for nonlinearity. Title track “Clonic Earth” seems to wander in and out of spaces, some of which leave the long-lasting impression while others fade into the background. A soothing hymn enters at roughly the six-minute mark, as though diluting the clouded, troubled headspace, if only briefly. The song feels like a year of demonic torment condensed into one instant, stirred, then spread out to nine minutes so it’s impossible to retrace events. Closer “As for the Crack” lacks the same level of anguish, but feels like an exploration into unfinished business, as though reflecting on a puzzle with half of its pieces missing. Despite all of the psycho-supernatural elements, Clonic Earth strives for believability. Rarely does Tricoli exaggerate his sounds. It might serve as an escape, as many ambient pieces do, but it doesn’t seem too hellbent on physical transport, or even spiritual transport, despite having these themes present. Perhaps the most unsettling thing about Clonic Earth is, despite being an album based on navigating one’s mental states, it never really grants closure. It pushes you to wander beside yourself, go in circles, and end up nowhere, head flooded and spirit empty.




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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
July 9th 2016


6686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

https://p-a-n.bandcamp.com/album/clonic-earth

these are getting tough for me to review without getting too indulgent in describing an experience that probably won't be the same for other listeners given how open musique concrete can be to interpretation, but hopefully i reined myself in enough. lovely album, sp00ky👻, hope you enjoy, c&c welcome - probably won't read, yada yada

Relinquished
July 9th 2016


39631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

really dug your take on the album, pos'd

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
July 9th 2016


6686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thx have you heard?

Relinquished
July 9th 2016


39631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

one track but I liked it. really liked Miseri Lares and was looking forward to his next records

oltnabrick
July 9th 2016


36705 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ok



Digging: Vargrav (FIN) - Reign In Supreme Darkness

Relinquished
July 9th 2016


39631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great contribution as always

iloveyouall
July 9th 2016


6319 Comments


ok album.

hal1ax
July 9th 2016


13505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

might check

oltnabrick
July 9th 2016


36705 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ty



Relinquished
July 9th 2016


39631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm flattered

iloveyouall
July 9th 2016


6319 Comments


I'm flaccid

hal1ax
July 9th 2016


13505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yum

iloveyouall
July 9th 2016


6319 Comments


cheese stick.

Cygnatti
July 9th 2016


32776 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so gud

oltnabrick
July 9th 2016


36705 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ye



Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2016


3243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

album is rly gud ye

Sinternet
July 11th 2016


19127 Comments


might check this i liked Miseri Lares

Digging: Marina - LOVE

Asdfp277
July 11th 2016


20080 Comments


3.5 sweet

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
July 11th 2016


6686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hooooooo

Archelirion
July 11th 2016


5651 Comments


I've got high hopes for this, sounds grand. The review was a excellent read, really got me excited for this.



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