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Silvia Kastel

The Gap (LP)

Label: Astres d'Or

Format: LP

Genre: Electronic

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**numbered edition of 25 copies** Silvia Kastel is an electronic artist and underground chanteuse from Puglia, Italy, currently living in Berlin, Germany. Since 2009 she has released several albums with her (now ex-) group Control Unit, albums in collaboration with Smegma and Factrix, as well as releasing a couple of solo albums. The Gap was previously released on cassette in 2016 on the German Label Noisekölln Tapes and is now for the first time released on vinyl as a full LP by Des Astres d’Or. The music is made in a period wherein Silvia physically had just left Puglia and was trying to settle in Berlin, yet mentally feeling as in a void. The Gap is truly a modern classic and brings back memories of a time when the term Electronic Music still mostly referred to Avant-Garde and dark Psychedelic Electronic Music and was not yet simplified and made synonymous with Dance as is the case nowadays unfortunately. In fact, its music could easily have been released at the end of the '70s or early '80s with its reverberant analog sound consisting of Kastel’s distorted abstruse voice, slowed down with barely functioning tape delays and paired with rotten vintage synthesizers which she found left on the corner of a Puglian Street, leading to a dark personal voice recalling feelings of misery, regret, false hope, fear, loneliness and convincing the listener there is really no Need for extravagant joy, she moreover extravagantly and joyfully submerges herself in her own fear fueled psyche, not afraid to touch bottom and making this album a truly wonderful example of autobiographic music making.

 

The LP is released in an edition of 25, handcut on real vinyl (no lathe cuts), and paired together with her beautiful artwork. The original Polaroid photos made by Kastel are abstract depictions, psychic images of her personal world. On some, one can vaguely recognize parts of her house, although it is unclear whether it’s in Puglia or in Berlin... Others are as abstract as a mind can sometimes be in certain circumstances. Some artwork contains metal strings of one of her own musical instruments and text is printed and attached with Dymo embossing tape, giving the work an even more personal aura and tactile quality, like a memory of a past event. Each copy is different.

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File under: Experimental
Cat. number: d'or 002
Year: 2017

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