Valentina Magaletti and Julian Sartorius maintain a dialogue of
irregular tempos and off-kilter percussion on their first collaborative
record titled Sulla Pelle.
Valentina is a force in the world of electronic and experimental music -
working with Tom Relleen under Tomaga, jazz/pop band Vanishing Twin,
the collective ‘UUUU’ with a couple of releases on Editions Mego, as
well as various collaborations with the likes of Nicholas Jaar and
Raime/Moin to name a couple.
Julian Sartorius is a denizen in and of the beat – he's collaborated
with artists such as Matthew Herbert, Shahzad Ismaily, Sylvie
Courvoisier, as well as touring worldwide and widely through Europe with
his solo show on the bill with the likes of Deerhoof, Faust, and Jaki
Liebezeit. It’s apparent that time is not perceived in an ordinary
manner by Julian – he's released a “Beat Diary” consisting of 365 beats
and, on a daily basis, adds an element to his collage and modifies an
8-second audioloop under the project called Morph. More recently, he
played percussion on the track ‘Firesmoke‘ on Kate Tempest‘s new record
‘The Book of Traps and Lessons‘.
Sulla Pelle chisels away at your headspace at varying velocities with a harmonious flow - at times gently carving out
channels that dramatically flood with syncopated kick drums and
shifting propulsive beats. It’s as much about monotonous playing as it
is about those moments where it seems as though every vertebra branches
into tentacles and antennas ricocheting hits in foreign symbiosis.
Rasping prepared drums that traverse the body into all sorts of
ceremonial throttles, hedonistic arm flails, primal cheer at every
incipient dynamic accent. This raw and sparse drumming and percussion
record sees Valentina and Julian cueing each other in on interlocked
ratchets and clanks with different mallets and metalwork from Malcom
Catto’s studio on top of modular tinkering and occasional distant
Valentina Magaletti: Drums and Percussion.
Julian Sartorius: Drums and Percussion.
Recorded, Mixed and Produced by Malcolm Catto
at Quatermass Studio London.
Edited by Julian Sartorius.
Mastered and Cut by Noel Summerville. Cat. no.: Marionette11 Format: 12” Vinyl (180g) + Digital Release Date: August 2019 Artwork by Benjamin Kilchhofer Distributed by Honest Jon's