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Colin Edwin and Lorenzo Feliciati

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Lorenzo Feliciati and Colin Edwin first got together for an impromptu one-off gig in London early in 2013, and they discovered an instant chemistry on the bandstand. 

As Colin recalls, “I was familiar with Lorenzo’s band Naked Truth and also his solo album Frequent Flyer, and coincidentally had been toying with the idea of a dual-bass project with a bass player friend of mine. So I immediately thought it was something worth doing as an experiment, at least. And I knew that this project would lead us to explore other things you tend to do a lot less of in a regular band set-up, like using different effects, E-bows, have the bass playing melodies and so forth.”

“It's such a cliche that some musicians only think about their own parts and miss the overall sonic tapestry of what they are working on, so they tend to overplay,” he continues "but Lorenzo and I have both had a lot of experience playing songs and composed music in ensemble situations, so we both have a good sense of how things fit together.

Of all the instruments in a group situation, the bass often has more power and is more effective when played in a simple and economic way. And there's a real art to being simple and complementary.”

In preparing for their session together, they spent a few productive days in a studio in the English countryside (YellowfishStudios), fleshing out compositions from the bones of each other’s sketches. Playing both fretted and fretless basses, the two kindred low-end spirits create a formidable undercurrent on the 11 powerful tracks from Twinscapes while embellishing the open-ended pieces with freewheeling improvisation. “We had a very short time to plan what to do and only a small amount of rehearsal,” continues Colin, “but even from our brief rehearsal, it certainly felt like we had a natural way of playing together. Without any real discussion we managed to find a way of fitting around each other, despite occupying the same frequency area. It requires a certain amount of intuition and sensitivity just to be able to do that, without stepping on each others toes and filling up the same space.”

Twinscapes Vol.2: A Modern Approach To The Dancefloor

For their second Twinscapes collaboration, bassists Colin Edwin (of Porcupine Tree and Metallic Taste Of Blood) and Lorenzo Feliciati (Naked Truth, Berserk!) address their respective ‘80s pop roots in the context of the same ambient soundscapes, freewheeling improvisations and prog-rock flurries that graced their 2014 self-titled RareNoise Records debut. Picture Soft Cell jamming with King Crimson, Ultravox with EL&P, Depeche Mode with Gentle Giant and you’ve got an idea of what’s happening on Twinscapes Vol.2: A Modern Approach To The Dancefloor

In exploring dance floor music on Twinscapes 2, multi-instrumentalists Edwin and Feliciati pay homage to some iconic ‘80s bands while also pushing the envelope on that idiom. “As with the first album, there was no conscious decision or discussion to sound a particular way,” says Australian-born Edwin, “but I guess it’s the case that both Lorenzo and I have a connection with having played progressive rock and also that we were both around in the ’80’s, so that shared history has kind of come out on this record. As before, we’ve simply followed our instincts and common ground.”

The Italian-born Feliciati recalls that, contrary to popular belief, the ‘80s was indeed a fertile period for musical experimentation. “I remember buying Genesis’ Trick of the Tail, which I still love today, and the first Devo album. And I clearly remember being exposed and enjoying music from new wave bands like The Stranglers, Human League, Ultravox and Japan together with fusion bands like the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report. I saw the last tour that Jaco Pastorius did with Weather Report promoting Night Passage…the night that changed my life. And I also remember going to see Talking Heads live with the Remain in Light band featuring Adrian Belew. From my point of view, everything happening in music then was with elements of Prog, Jazz, Rock, African music. So I always disagree that the ‘80s was a poor decade for music.”

Edwin heartily concurs. “I think there was some really quite unusual and adventurous music on the charts back in the ’80’s, Japan being a great example. They had chart success but the music was quite unique and very original. Though a little more obscure, another example would be Stump, whom I first saw playing live on prime time TV. I can’t imagine a present day equivalent getting similar exposure.”

Edwin also remembers the ‘80s being a particularly bass-centric era for music. “I was certainly aware of Ultravox, Soft Cell and Human League, all bands who were known for using synths and adopting the nascent technology of the time. But there was also a lot of really upfront and prominent bass playing in that era, from mainstream things like Mark King with Level 42 and Pino Palladino on those Paul Young records to things like Siouxsie and the Banshees and Bauhaus, Peter Hook with Joy Division and New Order, Bruce Thomas with Elvis Costello and Kevin Hopper with Stump.”


Full Press Release and Full Credits here 

 

Colin Edwin:                          

fretless basses, rhythm design, programming, ebow

Lorenzo Feliciati:

fretless and fretted bass, keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, sound design.

Roberto Gualdi:       

Drums and Percussion.

With:

Andi Pupato:                        
Percussion and Metallics on "The (Next) Level Think"
Reuben Balch:                     

Flute on “Precipice”, Alto Saxophone on "Future Echo"
Twinscapes Vol.2: A Modern Approach To The Dancefloor

1. Tin Can  
2. Severing Suns  
3. Bedroom Corner
4. Future Echo  
5. in a Haze 

6. Precipice 
7. Ghosts of Tangier
8. The (next) Level Think
9. In a Daze  

10.  Heat Collision

Pre-Order now as COMBO, VINYL or CD and get the digital files  immediately (see below).

TWINSCAPES V2 (CD)
TWINSCAPES V2 (CD)
£8.99
TWINSCAPES V2 (Combo)
TWINSCAPES V2 (Combo)
£19.99
TWINSCAPES V2 (Single LP)
TWINSCAPES V2 (Single LP)
£15.99
TWINSCAPES V2 (Download - FLAC)
TWINSCAPES V2 (Download - FLAC)
£6.49
TWINSCAPES V2 (Download - HD FLAC)
TWINSCAPES V2 (Download - HD FLAC)
£6.49
TWINSCAPES V2 (Download - MP3)
TWINSCAPES V2 (Download - MP3)
£4.49

Twinscapes

Arising out of the sheer joy of playing together, TWINSCAPES is the first recording that sees australian born Colin Edwin (of Porcupine Tree and Metallic Taste Of Blood) and italian born Lorenzo Feliciati of Naked Truth and Berserk! joining forces.

The two are joined in this adventure by Andi Pupato (of Nik Bärtsch's Ronin) on various percussions, Nils Petter Molvaer on trumpet, David Jackson (of Van Der Graaf Generator) on saxophones and Roberto Gualdi (of italian prog stalwarts PFM). 

Recorded in the South of England at YellowfishStudios mid 2013, Twinscapes was mixed by further Bass stalwart Bill Laswell, a man well versed in dealing with the extensive palette of sounds and textures presented by the recordings. 

Melodies, groove and skill are all intertwined in this oeuvre which extends far beyond the mere bass encounter into new and creative territory.

Order now as COMBO, VINYL or CD and get the digital files  immediately (see below).

Twinscapes (CD)
Twinscapes (CD)
£9.99
Twinscapes (Combo)
Twinscapes (Combo)
£19.99
TWINSCAPES (Download - FLAC)
TWINSCAPES (Download - FLAC)
£6.49
TWINSCAPES (Download - HD FLAC)
TWINSCAPES (Download - HD FLAC)
£9.99
TWINSCAPES (Download - MP3)
TWINSCAPES (Download - MP3)
£4.49
TWINSCAPES (Single LP)
TWINSCAPES (Single LP)
£13.99