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PR : LEVI

Artists: Levi
Title: Synthesis
Format: album
Release date: June 14th, 2022
Label: Black Marmalade
File under: electronica, experimental,

PR Territories: worldwide except Italy

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Levi is the solo project of Damiano Simoncini, italian musician from Pesaro already known in the international scene in the past decade as drummer and songwriter with the post-punk bands Damien* and Versailles.

Released on June 14th, 2022 by Black Marmalade Records, Synthesis follows the EP Aquarius (2019) and Liquida (2020).



Inspired by the visionary movies of Lynch, Bergman and Lang, akin to the sound ventures of contemporary composers as Oneothrix Point Never and Steve Auschildt, in love with the orchestral arrangements of the Maestro Ennio Morricone, Synthesis is the breed of the pressures and emergencies gripping both our inner and outside worlds, all related.
Heavy electronics creates almost hypnagogic states of mind, in a journey through different sub-genres looking for impossible answers about the near future.
Synthesis could be the playlist for a ghost radio station floating in deep, dark interstellar space: six tracks, less than 30 minutes, to focus the listening experience on our subjective perception of electronic-generated soundwaves.

Eurasia, like the whole album, was born during the first lockdown, in a state of global disturbance, at the same time adrenaline-charged.
In Levi’s case, this digitally shared loneliness was exacerbated by the unexpected deaths of two close friends: Andrea Guagneli (of the band’s Brothers in Law), dear friend and companion of many adventures and projects, and Mirko Bertuccioli, another musician killed by Covid-19, who’d been for many years the most active and enthusiast aggregator for the local music scene.
In this chaos of pain, anguish, melancholy and fear it came a sort of “epiphany”: the feeling that the world-as-we-knew-it changed, radically, and not just for health reasons .
I clearly perceived the ‘collision’ between two different worlds, in some ways antithetical and incommunicable, and I sounded this feeling of ‘end of epoch’ and the beginning of another, more uncertain, darker, for sure unstable and fated to a sort of final confrontation. East versus West. Europe (and the West) against Asia (and the East). Hence the name Eurasia, seeking in the semantic crasis to show how stupid and useless divisions are, and how deleterious and devastating they can become.
Eurasia sounds menacingly apocalyptic, with heavy drones building up to a psych-trance climax, with waves of sounds opening our perception, an attitude dear to musicians like The Telescopes, Sonic Boom, Dreamweapon.
The video is the recording of the live visual of the song created by Gabriele Ottino, a video artist from Turin and a member of Niagara, with whom Levi has been collaborating for years.

MEDIA LINKS
Luminous Dash (BE)
Da Music (BE)
Sélection Sortie (FR)
El Santo del Rock (MEX)
Radio U (FR)
Radio U – Spotify playlist
It’s Psychedelic Baby Mag – Lotus premiere

REV REV REV

Modena (IT), Fuzz Club Records
Space, Psych, Shoegaze

Named as ‘One of Europe’s finest ’gazer bands of the last decade’ [Daily Bandcamp], Rev Rev Rev have released in September 2019 their new album “Kykeon” on Fuzz Club Records, produced by James Aparicio (Spiritualized, Cult Of Dom Keller, Dead Vibrations).
First single ‘Clutching the blade’, out last March and coinciding with their SXSW participation, was very well received by psych / shoegaze webzines and beyond.Since the debut, REV REV REV signature wall-of-sound has inspired rave reviews, with single “Catching a buzz” spinned on BBC6 (Steve Lamacq, Radcliffe and Maconie) and sophomore album ‘Des fleurs magiques bourdonnaient’ praised by influential webzines like Drowned in Sound, Clash Music, Sounds Better with Reverb.Their live set at Manchester’s Cosmosis Festival, headlined by The Jesus and Mary Chain, Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Raveonettes and WIRE, kick-started a 44-date tour hitting UK, France, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, during which the quartet shared the stage with The Telescopes, Ringo Deathstarr and Gonjasufi. In Italy, the band was ranked among the best live shows by 200 Italian promoters of the KeepOn Live indie network.Their set at SXSW 2019 impressed, among others, Bob Boilen of All Songs Considered and earned them a feature on NPR‘s SXSW wrap-up as well as airplay on the network’s radios.

One of Europe’s finest ’gazer bands of the last decade. Daily Bandcamp
Their set was tectonic and hypnotic at the same time. Italy loves their phantasmagorical doom bands, and Rev Rev Rev fit the quintessential bill and then some. Drowned in Sound
Inspiring, searing music, it’s shot through with Eastern tinged drones and ear-bleeding noise. Clash Music
A mix of swooning numbers, psych, and over-the-top ear bleeders. Sounds Better With Reverb
An utterly compelling and oblique document from a band that excites the hell out of me. Pennyblackmusic
Let’s get one thing clear: this is a record literally dripping with fuzz. NARC Magazine
Straddling the fine line between My Bloody Valentine’s effervescent beauty and the sonic belligerence of A Place To Bury Strangers. Drowned in Sound