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Monday, May 20, 2013

Esorcismi in the Lonely Village: Piero Umiliani- Africa (1971), Polinesia (1972)




I present to you today two wonderful and rare Umiliani works from his classic period, a time when his own Sound Work Shop studio was churning out record after record, including a slew of weird, spooky, docu-exotica LPs such as the phenomenal Continente Nero and its brother-album, Genti e Paesi del Mondo.

These two LPs are precisely of a piece with the aforementioned albums, and thus they are indispensable to the Umiliani discography and great, just great.  Africa is very like Nero, very eerie and off-putting in its dissonant, spare approach to exoticism.  Not at all music for a tiki cocktail scene-- rather, the sound of discovering, in the middle of the night in a deep fog, an abandoned and haunted tiki bar, feeling the hair raise on the back of your neck, horrified in the presence of a timeless darkness. 

AFRICA (320)




Polinesia takes the Continente Nero approach to the kind of "Polynesian" paradise music that Umiliani plays mostly straight on Le Isole dell'Amore, and it's a weird piece.  The results aren't dissimilar to his experimental-paradise music as produced for soundtracks such as La Ragazza Dalla Pelle di Luna or Il Corpo, but far less lush, almost skeletal.   Quite excellent indeed, and so highly recommended.
  
POLINESIA (320)



The Field Has Eyes, and the Forest Ears: I've wanted to find and share these albums with you all for quite some time now, but I could never find them.  I never did.  Rather, I threw some inquiries out there and the super-human Owl lent a helping hand.  In a bout of characteristic generosity of spirit, he allowed that I might share the wealth.  If you thank anyone, thank him-- if you know what's good for you.

20 comments:

Gekko P. said...

Thank you so much for these Umiliani gems!

gnwgee said...

Thnaks to the both of you!

Stinky Jim said...

Likewise, double gratitudinal tidings from this end

Ozwaldo said...

If the wonderful Owl is hiding any new mixes out there, please.. this junkie needs a fix.

configuratao said...

Muy thanks indeed Flash
and Owl nice again !!!
excellent'n'pleasure ;^)

cavorting with nudists said...

Holy Smokes, these are amazing! I've been ripping you off, er, I mean downloading your stuff for a while now and never got around to thanking you. Thank you! Uh, what's the Owl up to now?

glown said...

long live owl!

these are excellent.

burntoutsavannahs said...

many thanks to the both of you for all that you have done. yr both kings among men.

burntoutsavannahs said...

upon further exploration of these gems, this is indeed the stuff of dmt fever dreams. thank you again so much for sharing these, especially polinesia. what a sheer joy to listen to!

Steinar said...

Excellent - thanks! I look forward to checking these out!

Stylo350s said...

Thanks for introducing me to Piero Umiliani.

Anonymous said...

It was through Flash Trap I was originally introduced Umiliani , Continente Nero, Mondo Inqueto, Smog and the Ellington album fast becoming my favorites . Thank you Owl ( and Flash)for a continuation into this composers amazing sounds.

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say Thank You! You Rock!

Anonymous said...

Flash thanks for sourcing these and Owl thank YOU very much for sharing them. Africa is out-of-this-world AMAZING!!!! It's just annoying that I can't listen to Polinesia tonight, but at least it gives me something to look forward to tomorrow.:)

Thanks again my friends,

O

Holly said...

Thank you, Flash. Your generosity is much appreciated! :-)

Anonymous said...

muito obrigado!

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Ryland said...

These are some beautiful albums and I have been enjoying the heck out of them. Thank you so much. The drum sound on Africa To-Day today is ridiculously compressed and muffled. It sounds amazing. The guy playing is banging the heck out of them too. It always impresses me when an artist puts such and extreme effect on and amazing performance. Les Baxter put a massive amount of tape delay on “Left Arm of the Buddah.” It takes a lot of guts to do that.

I had no idea Umiliani put out so much stuff. If you were not putting this stuff up, I wonder if it would just get lost to the ages. Thanks for all the work. I have really enjoyed this stuff lately.

Chris Tillotson said...

Late thanks to you both for Africa! Africa To day is right up my alley

brother john said...

Many, many thanks to you for spreading the Umiliani word and sharing these incredible records!