Stunning nth-world gear from Il Santo Bevitore on this Opal Tapes debut. Written in homage to multi-instrumentalist composer Nicola Serras' home country of Sardinia. 'Water & Tears' remembers this Island through a sometimes beautiful and often harrowing series of vignettes and clusters of looping sound pulling from a wide range of influence.
We hear Bryn Jones' Muslimgauze, Current 93, Shackleton, Cold Meat Industrialism, depraved screams, glittering ambient and lurid, hot rock hallucinations enwombed in malodorous wood wind and bone forms.
Over 12 tracks Serra paints a picture of a country entrenched in an "old-tyme" middle earth mysticism which can't quite be reconnected to. The electronics of the record repel away from the folk traditionalism. Cauterising and book ending location, time and memory.
Nicola Serra, born in Sardinia Island, is a London-based musician, aka Il Santo Bevitore, who besides his music practice curates Dronica festival (famous for its peculiar location at the Old Church in Stoke Newington, North London).
released January 21, 2022
Written and produced by Il Santo Bevitore
Track 4 arrangement by Il Santo Bevitore and Nomorewillroam
Cerpintxt: vocals and clarinet (tracks 4, 8)
Urban Feral: vocals (track 3)
Salvaticus Salvatici: fute (track 3)
Al Vomano: glockenspiel (track 2)
Dan Allison: theremin (track 12)
Rick Jensen: sax (track 8)
Thomas Stone: contrabassoon (track 8)
Nomorewillroam: extra synths (tracks 4, 11)
Luxul: vocals and viola (track 8)
Davide Chessa: guitar (track 3)
Mixed by Greg Dugan
Mastered by Master Your Track