karu:21, CD + DVD (deluxe digipak) 9 audio tracks + 1 movie, (p) 2012
OUT NOW Release date: 01/06/2012
New York and Naples on the same wavelength
The 41st parallel runs an imaginary course from New York to Naples, Italy, where reside Julia Kent and Barbara De Dominicis, respectively. Therefore, you could say they are both on the same geographical wavelength. However, they also share the same musical wavelength, as they are both quite fond of delicate ambiances, loops, and spontaneity.
Cellist Julia Kent weaves dense sonic fabrics using real-time looping techniques she truly masters. Poet/singer/electronic artist Barbara De Dominicis likes to integrate live-treated field recordings to her inspired vocal improvisations.
To these two ingredients – Kent and De Dominicis – we must add a third one: the locations. The tracks on this debut album were improvised and recorded in 2009-2010, mainly in Italy, in unusual locations with promising acoustics: a fortress, an abandoned tunnel, a wool factory, a farmhouse. The artists inhabited these places for a while, and in turn these places inhabit the music, through microphone and hydrophone recordings of their surrounding area. Each piece has its own unique character.
To the main CD (8 tracks + 1 bonus track, total duration: 44 minutes), the Baskaru label is adding a DVD featuring Davide Lonardi’s documentary film Faraway Close (35 minutes). The filmmaker followed the duo on their journey. His film includes bits from interviews and performances, panoramic views, and archive documents.
By giving equal space to each of the three sound sources (cello, voice and found sounds) Parallel 41 achieve an unusual set of contrasts to evocatively take us on a sometimes delirious and always sensual journey. MUSIQUE MACHINE, December 2012
Parallel41 impresses on multiple levels as both a thoroughly engrossing travelogue and document of an inspired creative undertaking. TEXTURA, September 2012
Elegance and enchantment, soothing poetry, ambitious avant-music. KOMAKINO, August 2012
Haunting and mournful are words that come to mind when listening to Parallel 41. PROGRESS REPORT, August 2012
The first meeting between Julia Kent & Barbara De Dominicis is a successful experiment. ONDA ROCK, August 2012
Parallel 41 is extraordinary. THE WIRE, August 2012
A very exciting album, created with heart and soul. NONPOP, July 2012
A really thoughtful and beautiful album. TITEL-MAGAZIN, July 2012
This subtle variety makes the result even more impressive. KINDAMUZIK, July 2012
Nine tracks that short-circuit Björk with Laurie Anderson. ROCKERILLA, July 2012
Beautiful, obscure, engrossing and enthralling from start to finish. BLACKAUDIO, June 2012
A suave blend, at times getting very close to the song format, sometimes heart and soul into electroacoustic free improvisation and sound performance. FRANCOIS COUTURE / MONSIEUR DELIRE, June 2012
Nine audio postcards in which the cello and effects of Julia Kent encounter the electronic manipulations and the multilingual voice evocations of Barbara De Dominicis. ROCKERILLA, April 2012