Format: vinyl 7"
Label: Backwards - BW30 (Italy, 2018)
Edition: 300 hand-numbered copies, including a postcard
Genre: Psychedelic, Folk, Krautrock
Info & Description (from the original label info):
Backwards Records presents the new Lay Llamas release: the new 7" in gold-coloured vinyl by Lay Llamas, moniker behind which the Sicilian musician and composer Nicola Giunta is hidden. The single will contain two tracks: on Side A "Malophòros" composed together with the shaman singer Alfio Antico - former collaborator of
Fabrizio De Andrè, Tullio de Piscopo and Vinicio Capossela - at frame drum and voice. The piece sounds like an improbable mixture between the Nuova Compagnia Di Canto Popolare and the Master Musicians Of Bukkake! The text, written by Antico, is recited in Sicilian dialect and is inspired by the Sanctuary of the 5th century B.C. dedicated to the goddess Demeter whose ruins are located in the Archaeological Park of Selinunte (Sicily). The Sanctuary was a sacred place for the ancient Greek colonists in Sicily and there rituals and sacrifices were held there in order to ingratiate themselves with the divinity. On the B side the track "Mondi Di Pietra" reminds to the Franco Battiato of the "Pollution / Sulle Corde Di Aries" period. The text, in Italian, provides a mythological and esoteric vision of the Mediterranean world understood as a passage zone and cradle of ancient cultures.
The mastering was curated by the English musician and producer Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3, Spectrum, Panda Bear, MGMT) at the New Atlantis Studio. The artwork is made by the Catalan artist Daniel Puiggros.
"On the A side of this 7" the meeting between the master Alfio Antico and the Lay Llamas takes place: materially occurred at the Bunker Studio of Arquà Petrarca (PD), but ideally officiated at the sanctuary of Demetra Malophòros, at Selinunte in Sicily (dating back to V century BC). Nicola Giunta of Lay Llamas has lived for years in that magical area and has asked Alfio Antico to become a sort of shaman, leading towards an indefinite temporal journey. So Antico begins his narration towards the temple of Demetra, telling us that "quannu un tempu nunera tempu and no stissu tempu was tempu now ca semu of a great tempu forsi, nun c'tempu, forsi". Here then the antique frame drum and its voice tell us, in the Sicilian archaic dialect the mythological deeds of the Goddess of fertility and agriculture and the vicissitudes of its worshipers: the peasants ("you ca facisti masters and criasti armiggi ppi the earth ") and women (" Demetra our matri natura jè! "). On the B side the song "Mondi di Pietra", sung in Italian, combines suggestions of worlds (apparently) very distant: the Mediterranean and the Italian 70s, the kosmische folk, the pseudo archeology and the vetero-astronomy of the books of Peter Kolosimo, the minimalism of Terry Riley ". Marco Pecorari
Mastered by Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3, Spectrum, Panda Bear, MGMT)
Artwork by Daniel Puiggros
B1 Mondi Di Pietra
Format: vinyl 7"