Gigi Masin - Talk to the Sea / LP
Following on from that impressive Leon Lowman retrospective last year, the fledgling 'Music From Memory' label returns to impress with this genuinely sublime set from little known Italian musician Gigi Masin, bringing together archival pieces with more recent recordings.
Masin was part of a small underground scene in Venice, releasing two modestly pressed LP's 'Wind' (1986) and 'Wind Collector' (1991) and appearing alongside Charles Hayward for the Sub Rosa compilation LP "Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre Volume 2" (1988). Having met with little commercial success in Italy at the time, Masin's solo albums remained for the most part totally unknown, but his music has grown in stature by pure word of mouth, gaining something of a cult following in recent years. Listening to the tracks on offer here is revelatory - tapping into a kind of blissed-out yet brilliantly produced kind of electronic ambience that reminds us in turns of everything from Detroit Escalator Company to Shuttle 358's much overlooked 'Frame'.Beautifully presented in a gatefold sleeve complete with liner notes and additional artwork, it's safe to say that Music From Memory is fast becoming a label to watch.