Fabio has long been one of our favourite artists and a bit of a hero frankly. He's also from Taranto (in beautiful Puglia - the 'heel' of Italy) which is an area where I (Ian) lived for a long time. He's currently based in Berlin and apart from his musical work, he's also a fantastic photographer who captures the beauty of urban life in all its grime, decay, and open humanity. Earlier this year he released his aptly titled collaboration with Pimmon, 'Procrastination' on vinyl, cd and digital. His next solo album, which is both a series of photographs and music, 'Just For A Thrill', will be out at the end of the year on Home Normal.
Here's a little bit more about Fabio:
Fabio Orsi is an electronic musician from Taranto (Southern Italy) specialising in atmospheric drone. He is a young and talented composer recently revealed in a series of publications received by an enthusiastic chorus of critical approval. In his compositions the languages of popular tradition meet the avantgarde approach, creating an original and charm mix.
Orsi’s music originates with field recordings through which he seeks to capture images in sound inspired by the historic pre-war folk recordings made by Alan Lomax. Orsi says he admires the way in which Lomax was able to present folklore not merely as some historic artefact but as “an expression of suffering with a thirst for rebellion”.
His first release, Osci, was recorded in Salento and its two tracks, total playing time 36 minutes, are described by the Italian online magazine SentireAscoltare as: ”a patchwork of edited found sounds, drones, microwaves with sparse notes of guitar, piano and synth”. Since his 2005 debut, Fabio Orsi has consolidated his reputation as a key figure of the international nu-folk electronica underground with a bewildering yet fascinating series of solo works and collaborations dominated by psychedelically flavoured soundscapes. Orsi creates atmospheric audio postcards with a tangible sense of time and place, utilizing layers of guitars, old keyboards and found sounds, having a keen attention to details, loops develop so naturally that it’s almost impossible to notice when certain sounds are brought in and out. Electronic sounds meets the humoral sonorities made by the six chords, projecting enchanted landscapes on a vibrant horizon, with an intimate sensibility, abstract and emotional, deep and dreamy melodies, Orsi structures pieces of crystalline beauty and his music sounds like the shout of revolt of a young guy in the south of Italy, who starting from poetry, has then chosen music as the most effective way to his vent of expression, hypnotic and seductive.
His works have been released on many different labels around in the world: A Silent Place (Ita), Last Visible Dog (USA), Digitalis Industries (USA), Preservation (Australia), Porter Records(Usa), Low Point(Uk), Root Don Lonie (Nz), Ruralfaune (France) and many others, playing his tunes in different and important festivals in Italy, like Signal, Piombino Experimenta, Flussi Sonori, Lucania Film Festival.
After his first release, Osci ( Lp, Small Voices 2005) he worked with many artists, such as My Cat Is An Alien, Gianluca Becuzzi, Valerio Cosi, Brad Rose, Seaworthy, Pimmon, and many more. Indeed, his discography is full of collaborations as split releases or properly collaborative minds meeting. Fabio Orsi has won over critics and fans alike, imposing his name as one of the most promising artists around, and he is noted as a representative of the entire Italian and international electronic independent scene.
This is a video of Fabio playing at THALASSA Italian Occult Psychedelia Festival in April 2013:
Here's a quick look at his discography:
-OSCI Lp SMALL VOICES 2005
-FOR ALAN LOMAX Cd A SILENT PLACE 2006 (split with My Cat Is An Alien)
-MUDDY SPEAKING GHOSTS… Cd A SILENT PLACE 2006 (with Gianluca Becuzzi)
-THE STONES KNOW EVERYTHING 2Cd DIGITALIS 2007 (with Gianluca Becuzzi)
-FIND ELECTRONICA Cd A SILENT PLACE 2007
-WE COULD FOR HOURS Cd A SILENT PLACE 2008 (with Valerio Cosi)
-THE FIRST BORN Cd A SILENT PLACE 2008 (with Alessio Gastaldello)
-THE WILD LIGHT OF THE MOON Cd SRA 2008
-AUDIO FOR LOVERS 2Cd LAST VISIBLE DOG 2008
-THOUGHTS MELT IN THE AIR Cd PRESERVATION 2009 (with Valerio Cosi)
-NEAR AND FARAWAY Cd LOW POINT 2009 (with Seaworthy)
-SO FAR Cd PORTER RECORDS (with Gianluca Becuzzi and (etre) )
-WINTERREISE Cd SLOW FLOW REC 2010
-RANDOM SHADES OF DAY 3Cd Set PTFR 2010
-STAND BEFORE ME, OH MY SOUL Cd PRESERVATION 2011
-PROCRASTINATION VINYL/CD HOME NORMAL 2013 (with Pimmon)
For more information and regular updates from Fabio, please go to any of these links:
If you would like to contact Fabio directly please go to these links:
To hear more from Fabio here's his Soundcloud:
To check out his wonderful photography please go to his profile on Flickr here:
To buy the vinyl edition of his fantastic collaboration with Pimmon, 'Procrastination', please go to Stashed Goods in the UK here:
Finally, you can stream, share, and buy his wonderful album with Pimmon, 'Procrastination' here: