Is it really crass of me to quote from another of my recent reviews? Quite possibly. But I can't really avoid it, so to reiterate what I said of DJ Olive's "Sleep"
"" All the requisite components appear to be present and accounted for, but there's no over-arching sense of composition to proceedings. This bit comes and that bit goes [...] "Sleep" is the soundtrack to the rough-cut of someone else's film and you can't figure out what is going on; you don't have the script, the scenes are not all shot yet and the transitions are clumsy. ""
"Osci" is Fabio Orsi's debut album from 2005. The LP is pressed on black heavy?weight vinyl and packaged in an elegant sleeve with three postcards. But for me the same problem is present. Don't get me wrong, the sounds on this LP are EQUALLY and UTTERLY GORGEOUS, but I just can't listen to it. The atmospheres are beautiful ? melancholic, dreamy drifting droning tones and melodies, looping lilting samples of folk music and field recordings, haunting voices wending in and out. But there's so much material and none of it is allowed to develop and mature in a particularly convincing way. It's almost like a musique concr?te
album being played far too slowly ? like at 16 r.p.m. or something. There're too many jarring segues and just not enough space. You could almost say that there's a whole stack of superlative 7?inch releases hiding in this one record ? and perhaps that would have been the preferred format for this material.
I'm all torn?up inside. Fabio Orsi comes highly recommended ? he is considered by the My Cat Is An Alien brothers as "the most interesting emerging Italian musician" and the plaudits certainly don't end there. I was really, really looking forward to hearing this LP but when I played it, I couldn't stop from repeatedly wincing. And so once again, it's all just quite disappointing. Notwithstanding, however, there is clearly nascent talent in the finger-bones of this man Orsi, and I for one cannot wait to hear his sophomore and subsequent releases. 6/10 -- Young Savage (6 February, 2007)