Monday, April 12, 2010
From the Library Library: Piero Umiliani- Continente Nero (1975)
Umiliani is one of those Library guys that has a million records, often under different names. I think he's one of the more reliably good figures of that scene, and Continente Nero is my favorite of his works. Full of urgent, tension-building strings, Umiliani-typical percussive aspects, and the rush of adventure and discovery; this is a documentary in your head, Jacques Cousteau-style, where nature is perceived as an unfathomably precious beauty and a mystical void of peril that will destroy man even as he works so obliviously destroys it. Highly evocative, and a little less corny/funky/upbeat than a lot of similar docu-soundtrack library stuff. Very thin and serious stuff. If you like Sven Libaek (he'll show up here soon), this will scratch a different aspect of that itch.
*I just realized that "Continente Nero" translated from Italian is "Black Continent." Awesome&Problematic, just like all the best old stuff.
36 15 Moog has tons more Umiliani on his blog, so check him out, but this one is the best.
embark on a rigorous journey, fraught with wonder and peril