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LEF

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Singer-composer and all-round polimath Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari (LEF) has been a recurrent fixture of RareNoise's catalogue, a relationship that has grown and developed constantly from the very early days of the label.
His voice was first heard on SOMMA's 23 Wheels of Dharma.This performance was then followed with his role in Folk / Electronica trio OWLS with Tony Wakeford and Eraldo Bernocchi.
His collaborations with Bernocchi developed further through three releases by abstract metal / doom band Obakemeanwhile LEF engaged in a fascinating avant-rock/avant-jazz collaboration with Italian bass-player Lorenzo Feliciati on Berserk!,and eventually with King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto and bass-player Colin Edwin as O.R.k.on the very recently released 'Soul Of An Octopus'.
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LEF's highly visual style of composing, rooted in his work in multimedia, commercial and filmic scores, lead to the birth of "The Nightless City" a critically very well received film based on the music of Berserk! directed by Alessandara Pescetta.

HyperSomniac

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LEF's debut as a leader, the intriguing multi-media project HyperSomniac, is easily his most ambitious and impressive undertaking to date. LEF’s music serves as the companion soundtrack for a breathtaking online interactive graphic novel based on dystopian tale written by LEF himself, featuring drawings by Nana Octopus Dalla Porta, animated and ported to the web by LEF and Italian software engineer Pier Luigi Rocca. 

The music is performed by an all-star band featuring American bassist Bill Laswell, Norwegian guitar visionary Eivind Aarset, Norwegian future jazz trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, thunderous Norwegian drummer Kenneth Kapstad (of Motorpsycho), British saxophonist Rebecca Sneddon (of Free Nelson Mandoomjazz) and Norwegian organist Ståle Storløkken (of Supersi-lent, Motorpsycho and Reflections in Cosmos).

“I wanted to collaborate with a few extremely talented musicians I had the privilege to work with in the recent past.” LEF explained. “That was also important for the sound I aimed to. I worked with Bill in the past on two projects led by my brother-in-music Eraldo Bernocchi — Somma and Ashes. Bill is god, enough said. Nils Petter Molvaer was in the Somma lineup as well. I’m a big fan of his unique and peculiar sound. Eivind had an important role in Berserk! We played live several times together and I also provided vocals to a piece from his last solo album. He is simply one of the most talented and visionary musicians out there. A lot of people are trying to emulate his peculiar guitar style and sound, but he is truly an original. I deeply love his musical view, which is somehow complementary to my own approach. Kenneth is a groove machine and has a very impressive personal style. Ståle is a keys and Hammond organ wizard and Rebecca was just the perfect sax player we were missing for the kind of sound I had in mind. She also provided the voice-over to all the Hypersomniac videos.”

band600While LEF’s visionary project might recall similarly ambitious dystopian tales like The Who’s Tommy or Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Hypersomniac has a wholly fresh spin on the multi-media pro-cess. “My first solo is in many ways inspired by the mighty records that I loved in my youth — Pink Floyd among the others,” LEF explained. “And the fact that it took me more than a good couple of years to release this project, I guess this kind of approach might have something in common with The Wall and Tommy. But there’s more to say. Hypersomniac started as a concept and a story I wanted to tell.

On one side, I wanted to investigate the obscure dichotomy between material and the immaterial along with the human mind’s power for changing, distorting, even melting down reality in order to create visions and dreams. On the other side, I wanted to describe a dystopian future as possible result of the paranoid chaos of the current era. This could be the main motivation for me in creating Hypersomniac.”

"It took me several weeks, months maybe, to elaborate the script,” LEF added, “and thought it could work well to illustrate the story as some form of highly stylized drama. Nanà Oktopus Dal-la Porta’s drawing style was just perfect to elaborate a dark visual part, thus I had to re-write the script several times to communicate the exact way I imagined every scene. Later on I learned how to mould 3D models to animate the drawings and Pier Luigi Rocca (who helped me from the very beginning) is still writing the code to make the whole story live as an interactive web graphic novel which will actually be the only way to read the full story.”

 

On the 14th of November 2017, at 5pm UK time, the interactive online graphic novel Hypersomniac will be announced to the public on the HyperSomniac Website. 

 

Interested parties will be able to acquire a comprehensive access code from that moment on. 

 

The first episode will go live on January 14th 2018 on the HyperSomniac Website - new episodes, eight in total, will then be added on a weekly basis. 

 

Anyone pre-ordering the HyperSomniac Album in any format from the RareNoiseStore will also be receiving an access code.

 

The HyperSomniac Album (CD / Combo / Vinyl) will start shipping from around November 27th. 

 

The Complimentary Access code for the Graphic Novel will be sent to you separately after purchase.

 

ARTISTS:

 

LORENZO ESPOSITO FORNASARI (LEF) – VOCALS

EIVIND AARSET – GUITARS, ELECTRONICS

NILS PETTER MOLVAER – TRUMPET

REBECCA SNEDDON - SAXOPHONE

BILL LASWELL – BASS

STÅLE STORLØKKEN – HAMMOND ORGAN AND KEYBOARDS

KENNETH KAPSTAD – DRUMS

 

HYPERSOMNIAC:

 

1. OPENING

2. PARALLEL POWERS

3. SURGERY

4. ARAN HAS CHANGED

5. IT’S ALRIGHT

6. QUARREL

7. FIRST DAY OF WORK

8. A GLIMPSE OF EMMA

9. PALE SKIN

10. THERAPY

11. FIRST STEP

12. LET THE SUN FALL APART

 

CAT.NO. : 

CD DIGIPACK : RNR070

VINYL : RNR070LP 

HyperSomniac (Combo)
HyperSomniac (Combo)
£21.99
HyperSomniac (Single LP)
HyperSomniac (Single LP)
£14.99
HyperSomniac (CD)
HyperSomniac (CD)
£8.99
HyperSomniac (Download - HD FLAC)
HyperSomniac (Download - HD FLAC)
£8.99
HyperSomniac (Download - FLAC)
HyperSomniac (Download - FLAC)
£6.49
HyperSomniac (Download - MP3)
HyperSomniac (Download - MP3)
£4.49