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File under: Synthwave

Italian Experimental Progressive

File under avantgarde, free-spirited, and creative music from the Italian Progressive scene

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Mino Di Martino

Alla Periferia Dell'Impero (LP)

Label: Universal Music Group, Polydor

Format: LP

Genre: Electronic

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500 numbered copies Remastered from the original tapes. Like many of his peers, Mino Di Martino first emerged within the context of popular music, working in numerous Italian beat bands, before finding enormous success as a pop star as a member of I Giganti, whose 1971 LP, Terra in Bocca, is often cited as a spark for the sea change in Italian music that would emerge over the coming years.

After his experience with Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale (together with the actress and singer Edda 'Terra' Di Benedetto, also members of the legendary experimental super group, Telaio Magnetico, with Franco Battiato, Juri Camisasca, Lino Capra Vaccina, and Roberto Mazza), when the project came to a close not long after the album’s release, Di Martino’s ambitions quickly led him down to more unusual paths, and he tried to go pop, better: synth-pop, with a bit of Krautrock influence (!). His pop, however, has never been linked to the conventions of a genre, it has been a reference framework for an absolutely complex and layered type of music art but at the same time accessible and universal. And although this 1984 record remained semi-ignored at the time of its release, today it has rediscovered as the chest of musical innovation that it actually is.

File under: Synthwave
Cat. number: 4550734
Year: 2022
Record Store Day 2022.

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