Week in Pop: Cal Fish, Halfalib, Holy Youth

Sjimon Gompers

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Halfalib

Seeing/hearing the world through the goggles of Milan's own Halfalib; press photo courtesy of the artist/WNBB.

Seeing/hearing the world through the goggles of Milan’s own Halfalib; press photo courtesy of the artist/WNBB.

Introducing Italy’s mysterious Halfalib, born Marco Giudici, who has announced the forthcoming album Malamocco available February 24 from the Italian-San Franciscan label We Were Never Being Boring (oka WWNBB) and we have the pleasure to present the following premieres for “Love Letter To Science” & “Arythmie Du Soleil” that appeal in practically indescribable ways. Readying a full-length pressed on milky clear transparent vinyl; Halfalib has fostered a sound that draws from the international jazz schools of form, fusion & friction to create compositions that conducts the brass to breathe a new sort of synergy that connects the vocal delivery to the emotive triggers from the piano keys. With word that the Milan artist will make his SxSW debut this March, the States are about to be graced by an artist that creates according to visions that combine together your favorite European audio-art-forms that draw from disciplines & approaches to numerous to count or convey in representative completion.

Halfalib having a ball in Malamocco, Venice; photographed by Malattia Savelli.

Halfalib having a ball in Malamocco, Venice; photographed by Malattia Savelli.

On the debut of the digital distortion & more heard on “Love Letter To Science”, Halfalib pulls out all the stops where DIY Italo-pop is met with 70s German experimental audio endeavors. For those thinking that they had the artist pegged for some sort of nu-jazz guru, the Italian polymath proves the pigeonholers wrong while composing an electronically enhanced epistolary to the digital, analog & acoustic physical earth sciences that have enabled what you are about to experience for yourselves. “Love Letter To Science” exhibits what could be the soundtrack to future episodes of “Nova” where accumulated arrays of synths & murmuring electronic instruments lead the way to Halfalib’s big build up of expression that pushes for a human connection beyond the binary sequences & algorithmic equations. In all honesty, “Love Letter To Science” belongs to the same school as the Beasties’ “Sounds of Science” where microscopic inspirations are met with a macroscopic lens that puts intuitive & interdisciplinary schools together according to some of the most idiosyncratic arrangements imaginable. In just over five minutes time, Halfalib is about to knock all those flowery superlatives that the uninitiated reserve for Radiohead releases as our Milan hero utilizes every aspect of audio arsenal to fire forth a tour du force that takes you on a journey through so many schools & constructs of art & thought that feels like a amusement park ride through some kind of “Small World After All” type of trip that you never want to end.

The rising star of Halfalib; press photo courtesy of the artist/WNBB.

The rising star of Halfalib; press photo courtesy of the artist/WNBB.

Halfalib’s “Arythmie Du Soleil” off the WNBB album Malamocco takes us to that magical Venetian land where we are treated to one of Marco’s grandest ballads yet. Think of this as Giudici’s homage to Lennon’s “Across the Universe” where those nothing’s gonna change my world attitudes are stirred into an array of warm brass & piano inflections that bring things to a sentimental simmer & stew of feelings. The song will sweep you away to a holiday that is far away from the demands of the day where a far-away beach resort beckons for you to follow your fancy.

Halfalib on holiday; press photo courtesy of the artist/WNBB.

Halfalib on holiday; press photo courtesy of the artist/WNBB.

Halfalib’s Marco Giudici penned the following exclusive insights about the singles “Love Letter To Science” & “Arythmie Du Soleil”:

“Love letter to science”

“Love letter to Science” is the last song I wrote. It comes from a melody that I had in my head for a lot of time. It was part of the set, but did not know why, or how, or when.

For some, I tried to develop the musical phrase in one direction which I had not thought and suddenly the song was. It’s a kind of relief, a moment of anger, talks to enter into profound contact with another person and not find much, after giving everything because it was so, motivated by expectations drugged, unrealistic.

“Arythmie Du Soleil”

“Arhythmie du Soleil” is the first song I wrote for this record, coincides with a time of great personal growth. It is a kind of sleep paralysis, the body remains in a state of rest. I had the feeling of being passive with myself, I was waiting for something and I felt that I had requested an active effort to tear me away from that thing.

I tried to crystallize here all the feelings of that moment.

Halfalib’s Malamocco will be available February 24 from We Were Never Being Boring collective with an upcoming appearance in Austin at SxSW next month.

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