The compilation covers a period of transition: When songs mutated into sounds. When synthesizers and samplers became the règle du jeu in DIY music-making. When a politicized youth movement slowly gave way to the hedonistic embrace of techno culture in Switzerland. Intenta mines the outer fringes of a scene yet to be. Many of these experimenters were pretty much on their own. Often the only way you would get in touch was at the local synth dealer.
A spirit of bold improvisation inhabited studios between Geneva and St. Gallen: these artists were articulating pop sensibilities (Air Project, Sky Bird, D-Sire, Peter Philippe Weiss), entering computer worlds (Claudine Chirac, Olivier Rogg, Carlos Perón), exploring exotic shores (Andreas Hofer, Bells of Kyoto, Fizzè), building future discothèques (Aborted at Line 6, Carol Rich, UnknownmiX) or finding glacial bliss (Dressed Up Animals, Elephant Château, I Suonatori).
The compilation was put together by Matthias Orsett and Maxi Fischer. Intenta unfolds as a sonic story that is laid-back yet energetic, sultry yet daring. The two crate diggers set out to meet with many of the artists arrayed here. Memories were shared, wine bottles opened. There were moments of sadness: Karl Lienert Löwenherz (Dressed Up Animals) and Claudius Scholer (Sky Bird) passed away during the making of this project. What remains of this journey into the backrooms of Swiss popular culture, is Intenta. If you listen closely, it will reveal a nation on the move. Beyond the Matterhorn, there is sweetness and light.
01. Andreas Hofer - Untitled
02. Claudine Chirac - Etudes
03. Sky Bird - Pasolini's Trembling
04. Fizzè - Kulu Hatha Mamnua
05. Bells of Kyoto - Swiss Air
06. Elephant Château - Dreamings
07. Dressed Up Animals - Mondtanz
08. Peter Philippe Weiss - Subway (Intenta Version)
09. D-Sire - Wintertime
10. Air Project - Rap Yourself
11. Jean-Pierre Huser - Chinatown
12. Olivier Rogg - GE/CH: Seq
13. Carol Rich - Computered Love
14. Carlos Perón - Her Heäd Is Bräkin Intu Foör (Primal Version)
15. UnknownmiX - Django
16. Aborted at Line 6 - Mammut (Extended Version)
17. I Suonatori - Matrosen