Italian experimental cult band Larsen return with "Tiles", a new manifestation of the inimitable vision they've been unveiling since New York-born performer
Little Annie joined the band.
"Tiles", to be released in February 2019 via Hypershape Records, is the 3rd studio release by Larsen presenting itself as a 5-piece unit featuring legendary chanteuse, dub diva of Crass and On-U Sound fame, Annie Bandez aka Little Annie as vocalist and lyricist.
Annie joined Larsen in 2008 after seeing the band performing at an Austrian festival. She appeared on the following albums "La Fever Lit" and "Cool Cruel Mouth" (2008/ 2011) and the relative European tours.
"Tiles" follows up Larsen's latest album, the fully instrumental "Of Grog Vim" (2016), and features four pieces on the edge between "song" and "orchestrated spoken words" marked by Annie's personal urban storytelling and vocals.
"Tiles" has been engineered by Larsen long time collaborators Marco Milanesio and Paul Beauchamp at O.F.F. Studio Torino in Italy. A deconstructed cover version of Lucio Battisti's "Don Giovanni" from the same sessions was featured on the Industrie Discografiche Lacerba tribute compilation "LB/R - La Bellezza Riunita".
Larsen, active since 1995, has so far released 16 full length albums and 3 EPs ("Tiles" being the 4th) on record labels such as Important and Young God Records, has performed extensively in Europe, US and Canada and collaborated with musicians such as Michael Gira, Johann Johannsson, Z'EV, Nurse With Wound, Lustmord, Julia Kent, Baby Dee, Martin Bisi, Xiu Xiu... The band is currently at work on a new album.
"Larsen - it's easy - we are family, but we just didn’t know it. Be a sleazy hotel near the airport or an alpine motorway cafe just over the Swiss border, with them it's always home" - Little Annie
1. First Song
2. Barroom Philosopher Pt. 1
3. She's So So
4. Barroom Philosopher Pt. 2
Written, performed and produced by Larsen:
- Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo: guitar, electric viola...
- Little Annie: vocals...
- Marco Schiavo: drums, cymbals, percussions, glockenspiel...
- Paolo Dellapiana: keyboards, synths, electronics...
- Roberto Maria Clemente: guitar...
Recorded by Paul Beauchamp (music) and Marco Milanesio (vocals)
Mixed and mastered by Marco Milanesio
O.F.F. Studio Torino, Italy, 2017/2018
Artwork by Roberto Maria Clemente for Fionda
(p) Hypershape Records, 2018