**Edition of 250** Following the release of Ambienti Coassiali’s Vol. 1 - Room 1-6 in 1988, the years and decades passed without another sound. For the few aware of them, it would have logically seemed that the project had been swallowed by the shadows of time. Then, in late 2017, came Spare Rooms, an incredible LP with clear conceptual links to the project’s debut - their first effort to emerge in 29 years. Issued by Artisti Del 900, the relaunch of legendary Italian imprint ADN, the album is nothing short of a long awaited, revelatory marvel. Like Vol. 1 - Room 1-6, Spare Rooms is an effort in sculptural ambient space, this time within four “rooms’ - a long single-sided work and three shorter, rather than 6. Unlike its predecessor, the recording of which was limited to a single Yamaha DX7 synth and two track tape machine, this installment features a vastly expanded sonic pallet, with the ambiguous identity that is Ambienti Coassiali (Silvio Linardi) on Acoustic Guitar, Bowed Harp Guitar, Electronics, Voice, and Effects, and Riccardo Sinigaglia working on a diverse number of Synths, Farfisa, and effects, while managing to sacrifice none of the project’s signature minimalistic depth. Rich timbers and sonorities rattle against each other as they rise toward the solid form of ambience, complex structures drift in and out of focus, sometime harsh, bristling drones send the ear askew, in what as to a totality of marvelous, architectural sound.It’s hard to imagine that nearly three decades have passed between the release of Vol. 1 - Room 1-6 and Spare Rooms, but the project has lost none of its creative vibrancy - displaying as much intrigue and as many challenges as they did all those years ago. Fortunately, rumors have it that they, whoever they are, are working on Vol. 2 - the follow up to Room 1-6, so with luck we’ll be hearing more from them soon. Keep an eye on Artisti Del 900 this year. Spare Rooms was one of our favorite releases of 2017, but, in the swell of activity was shamefully overlooked. We highly recommend checking it out. The long overdue return of Ambienti Coassiali is as brilliant as it is beautiful. Grab before it’s gone. >
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