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PR: OSTARA’S BLESS – Masculine / Feminine

IT : darkwave, post-punk, world music

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The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must first destroy a world.” Hermann Hesse, Demian

Critical times can and must be crucial for transformation, shaping new identities out of facing crisis and the unexpected. This is the soil that nurtured Ostara’s Bless birth. Paolo Messere, known for his mammoth work as Blessed Child Opera, with more than 10 years and 10 albums under this name, found himself stuck during the self-isolation months in his stunning Art Seahorse House, a white villa surrounded by a huge garden full of cactus, bougainvilleas and palm trees, with a recording studio at its core, and the sicilian sea a few steps away.
In the void of human contacts, the harsh, extreme, vivid mediterranean nature became the source of inspiration for a songwriting still dark and tortured, but also newly and firmly centered in a place at the crosspoint between Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The sunsets of the Stagnone near Marsala, the fascination of the salt pans and the absurd games of colors at the horizon brought in the consciousness and the spell of being in the most African place in Europe.
Masculine/Feminine is the first of two double albums, all due out in 2022, that collect and organise the sheer volume of new compositions that Paolo Messere started to fix in March 2020, following first some sketches from his previous life in Syracuse, but soon flowing with an endless thread of new ideas and sounds. There was plenty of time and a world in standstill and uncertainty outside, and the need to fight demons through recordings.

Masculine the A side, is called so simply because the more masculine side of his personality forged the songs, composed back in Syracuse but lyrically completed in Marsala. As Paolo says: “My way of writing music has changed in the light of my new sound researches, already started with BCO’s last album Love Songs / Complications, and which have reached an higher degree of maturity in light of the new cosmic events, leading me to a new reflection on existence, and on the meaning of being an artist in this fragmented and almost disintegrated contemporaneity. Masculine can be said to be an existentialist and very pagan album, irreverent but poetic, rational but also emotionally intense and painful.”

Feminine, the B side of the album, however, was all written in Marsala. It’s a hymn to the sensuality of female nature, and to the Middle Eastern essence of the surroundings. “The interpretations Rita Saviano gave to my compositions impressively married the overall vision I had of the pieces, giving a unique evocative power to the instrumental mantras. Rita also chose to play with different semantic aspects of the languages, writing and singing the lyrics in Latin, French, English. Feminine also features instrumental compositions that allowed me to experiment with sampling traditional voices of Indian culture, which indeed have become the backbone of the songs themselves.

When the world started to slowly open up again in Spring 2021, Paolo Messere found himself with 4 albums ready, but many doubts about how and when to release them. Nothing will be the same, it was said, and also his music went through a process of transformation. The egg had to be broken. And it happened when, in October 2021, longtime friend and musician Matteo Anelli came to visit. Matteo had been in several past line ups for Blessed Child Opera, touring and writing songs with Paolo. After one full week of reharsing and writing, it was clear to both that the bond was perfect, and that something new and different was born out of the ashes of Blessed Child Opera.
From the common love for tarots, they choose the name of Ostara’s Bless. Ostara is the ancient deity of the rites of Spring, associated with new creative beginnings, and later with pagan Easter, with the egg as symbol of a new life cracking up from the shell.
Matteo also shaped the visual side of the project, designing the logo and the artworks for all forthcoming releases.
Masculine/Feminine was released on Seahorse Recordings on January 14th, 2022, first digital, and with cds and double vinyls to follow later in the year.
The song Fear of Neglect was chosen for the first video clip, capturing its nervous, almost menacing sound. The song’s lyrics about wanting to grasp something – a love – when one knows it’s lost already, the arabian sounding chorus and the sudden light in the finale perfectly summon the process and themes behind Ostara’s Bless existence.


Masculine/Feminine
Double album out Jan 14th, 2022 on Seahorse Recordings

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PR : Luca Giuoco (feat. Paolo Messere)

Luca Giuoco (feat. Paolo Messere) – “Double Spectral Image”
Release date: November 20nd, 2020
Label: Seahorse
Hometown: Torino, Italy
Genre: minimal electronic, experimental

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Based in Turin, Luca Giuoco is a contemporary electronic musician, working on the minimal, industrial, experimental side of machine-produced sounds.
Grown up listening to prog-rock (Peter Hammill, Robert Fripp) and kraut (Klaus Schulze), Giuoco developed soon a strong interest for the artistic use of noise, finding his trademark in warehouses obsessive rhythmics, sprinkled by loops of minimal, distant and repetitive notes. Einstürzende Neubauten, La Monte Young, Jean-Michel Jarre are possible references to describe the outcome.
Double Spectral Image is Luca’s third album, following L’oracolo di Berlino (2018) and Utòpia-Entròpia (2019). All his albums are conceptual works, in which each track develops a story, as it was a chapter of a book.
Like Giuoco’s previuos works, also Double Spectral Image was produced by Paolo Messere, best known for his cult Blessed Child Opera project and its indie, desertic, morbid vibes.
Working together, in complete freedom, Giuoco and Messere joined in creating decadent soundscapes, visions from a mind on the brink of madness, but still retaining the power of consciusness and self-analysis.
Through the 10 compositions of the album, the listener is driven into depression, obessive-compulsive habits, schizophrenia, allucination.
For the first time, in the opening Doppelganger and in the closing title track, Giuoco uses his own voice too, reduced to vocal samples covered in layers of noise.
A perfect “Double Spectral Image” for an album that has its leit-motiv in the death of Reason, annihilated in the revelation of being watched by your own inner twin: your skin and bones, always grinning, true self.
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Di stanza a Torino, Luca Giuoco è un musicista elettronico contemporaneo, che lavora sul lato minimal, industriale e sperimentale dei suoni generati artificialmente.
Cresciuto ascoltando prog-rock (Peter Hammill, Robert Fripp) e krautrock (Klaus Schulze), Giuoco ha presto sviluppato un forte interesse per l’uso artistico del rumore, trovando il suo marchio di fabbrica in ritmiche ossessive da capannoni post-industriali, punteggiate da loop di note ripetitive e minimali. Einstürzende Neubauten, La Monte Young, Jean-Michel Jarre sono i possibili riferimenti per descrivere il risultato.
Double Spectral Image è il terzo album di Luca, dopo L’oracolo di Berlino (2018) e Utòpia-Entròpia (2019). Tutti i suoi album sono lavori concettuali, in cui ogni traccia sviluppa una storia, come singoli capitoli di un libro.
Come i lavori precedenti di Giuoco, anche Double Spectra Image è stato prodotto da Paolo Messere, noto soprattutto per il suo progetto cult Blessed Child Opera, con le sue vibrazioni indie, desertiche e avvolgenti.
Lavorando insieme, in piena libertà, Giuoco e Messere hanno sinergicamente saputo creare paesaggi sonori decadenti, visioni di una mente sull’orlo della follia, ma che conserva ancora il potere della coscienza e dell’autoanalisi.
Attraverso le 10 composizioni dell’album, l’ascoltatore è condotto a confrontarsi con l’angoscia della depressione, abitudini ossessivo-compulsive, schizofrenia, allucinazioni.
Per la prima volta, nella prima traccia Doppelganger e nella title track di chiusura, Giuoco usa anche la propria voce, ridotta a campionamenti vocali ricoperti da strati di rumore.
Una perfetta “Double Spectral Image” per un album che ha il suo leit-motiv nella morte della Ragione, annientata dalla rivelazione di essere osservata dal proprio gemello interiore: un secondo Sè, ghignante, scheletrico e spettrale.