Aquarium Drunkard on Krano

krano15smallAquarium Drunkard on Krano‘s album Requiescat In Plavem:

Luckily, Maple Death has rescued and reissued this gem, laden with Morricone dread and Shakey looseness; it’s low key and deeply-felt, and after recording the album Spigariol hung up his music hat, leaving behind this spooky thing, suitably humid listening as we ease into summer.

Read the whole story.

Meet Whitney K

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He’s coming for you. Whitney K, from Vancouver Canada. Brooklyn Vegan previewed Swans, opening track off Goodnight. The real deal is coming soon. Pre-order and read all about it here, catalog number 007. Just sayin’.

 

Krano’s “Mi E Ti” video

We’re happy to present Krano‘s video for Mi e Ti, a short movie directed by Samuele Gottardello and filmed beautifully in the Piave region. It was previewed yesterday by Noisey Italy, Noisey France and Noisey Usa. The track opens the album Requiescat In Plavem.

Synopsis
Mi E Ti is the story of an Italian soldier, set during the World War I. Dispersed after an assault that turns out to be a massacre, he takes refuge in a forest and gets lost. He starts a journey that leads him to get rid of his clothes and everything that defines being a soldier; what remains is a man that want to leave the horrors of war behind him and return to home.

Director Samuele Gottardello says

Mi E Ti has been ringing in my ears since 2012, when Krano played it for me the first time. It’s music that came to me and just never really left me, it just started translating instantly into a river of confused images that slowly worked their way into sense. For this reason when I was asked to work on this video, I naturally thought about setting it in the Piave and Monte Grappa area, stage for the 1915-1918 war. This is where the image of a soldier trying to escape the horrors of war came to me, a deserter, a soldier who, with a gesture – finally – of courage, decides to escape from the madness of a massacre. I always liked defectors and have for a long time wanted to tell the First World War in my own way, without the hero’s rhetoric and sacrifice for their country. Without the myth of the river Piave “stopping the foreigners.” Instead it represents what, in my opinion, was the first World War for those who participated in it: their suffering, the senselessness, loss and sadness. The dreams and shattered love. Mi E Ti is the story of a soldier who flees, who decides to escape and return to his woman. Along the way he is stripped of the layers that make soldiers return to being human beings and is reminded of the warmth of the summer and the smell of straw from his bar. Mi E Ti. And like all defectors, the soldier Krano ends badly. His story goes especially wrong: he did not really defect, his escape was in the form of his spirit. In fact the protagonist died earlier and the video is the story, perhaps, a trip made only with the mind, a journey taken perhaps in one of those moments before everything gets dark. I also like to think that maybe the forests, mushroom ,the animal deities of the Monte Grappa – filled with pity – have decided, for once, to allow a brave man to make the last trip to greet his beloved for one last time. I am sure that all soldiers of all wars and nationalities, sooner or later, wanted to be at home, away from the horrors, from the senseless madness, from decisions taken for them by nations and politicians. Even if just with their mind, even just for once, I’m sure that they have fled, have deserted the terrible reality that surrounded them. This is what my video is about.

Stream: Krano – Requiescat In Plavem

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Very proud to finally present Krano‘s Requiescat In Plavem. NPR says “No rock ‘n’ roll record has felt this mysterious and free-spirited in years”. We could not agree more, LISTEN to the whole album below, read more about it here and if you wanna take some music home, do it.

When I received this record I had no idea what I was getting myself into. It came with no notes, just a letter in broken English. For days I made up lyrics to it trying to crack and uncover the language, dreaming of some Latin American retreat. Little did I know I was actually taking a stroll up the Piave river, plunging through pre-war cascades, seeing feverish trees set mountains in motion and a Veneto valley full of psychedelic beauty naked in front of my eyes. If only this river could talk I’m sure the stories from the 1918 battles would ring bloody loud and clear. 2012: Birds watched as Krano recorded R.I.P up in the hills behind Valdobbiadene, armed with a trusty 8-track tape machine. Then he disappeared into silence. As always it took a faithful caring friend to deliver the goods. Four years later here we are, music on wax, a man that deserves to be heard and a river that is still flowing.

JC – December 2015

INFOS & ORDER

Listen to Krano’s ‘Tosca’ at NPR

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Listen to Tosca from Krano‘s Requiescat In Plavem directly over at NPR.

They say: “No rock ‘n’ roll record has felt this mysterious and free-spirited in years. R.I.P. channels Jorge Ben’s late-night, alcohol-soaked vibes (heard on 1970’s Fôrça Bruta) and the rambling country-blues of Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline. Or, to offer a more recent example, the wily and loose psych-folk of Skygreen Leopards. Throughout, Spigariol sings in the Veneto dialect, slurring and speeding up phrases like a broken tape deck. In the honky-tonkin’ “Tosca,” the piano and guitar spiral like rolls of parchment, curling in and out of rhythm. It’s wild and nostalgic, and Spigariol writes that it captures a happy time in his childhood:

It’s not a love song, but a song about a time when I was a little boy and my godmother Tosca used to take me to the Venice Film Festival to see motion pictures and to see the inside of the Hotel Excelsior where all the stars and VIPs stayed. We would watch the boats arrive full of important people directly from the beach of the Venice Lido.”

Krano – Requiescat In Plavem

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Very happy to finally announce a project we’ve been working on for over a year, Krano‘s debut album Requiescat In Plavem. Listen to album opener “Mi E Ti” and read all about this incredible record over at Brooklyn Vegan. Be prepared to immerse yourself in the Piave river on a psychedelic damaged folk country journey. Wait and see the packaging on this beauty (LP & CD).

PRE- ORDER & INFOS

A Note From Maple Death

When I received this record I had no idea what I was getting myself into. It came with no notes, just a letter in broken English. For days I made up lyrics to it trying to crack and uncover the language, dreaming of some Latin American retreat. Little did I know I was actually taking a stroll up the Piave river, plunging through pre-war cascades, seeing feverish trees set mountains in motion and a Veneto valley full of psychedelic beauty naked in front of my eyes. If only this river could talk I’m sure the stories from the 1918 battles would ring bloody loud and clear. 2012: Birds watched as Krano recorded R.I.P up in the hills behind Valdobbiadene, armed with a trusty 8-track tape machine. Then he disappeared into silence. As always it took a faithful caring friend to deliver the goods. Four years later here we are, music on wax, a man that deserves to be heard and a river that is still flowing.

JC – December 2015

 

April 8th, 2016 (MDR004)

All you need to know is below.

Stream Jack Name’s Lune Spettrali

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Well now, you’ve seen how good these babies look and they’re almost gone. You’ve heard “Sharing With You” possibly over at Brooklyn Vegan. Now you can hear the whole live show over at Noisey. Imagine that!? Headphones on please.

JACK NAME delivers LUNE SPETTRALI

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The mystery man aka Jack Name joins the family. Very proud to release a super limited C60 with the modern masterpiece Weird Moons on SIDE A and Live in Bologna Galleria Portanova12 on SIDE B. Head over to DECODER to preview the unreleased “Theme For A Stupid Guy” recorded live in Bologna on a hot summer night last June. DECODER says it best “this song shows the duo’s true sleight of hand, endlessly looping sounds that return the dance flavor of Weird Moons into beats and riffs that will stop the listener cold. The artist is still ahead of everyone, giving us no reason to return to the garage from this pure terror of glam.”

Infos and ORDER are here: www.mapledeathrecords.com/mdr006/

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Disappears – Low: Live In Chicago ready for pre-order

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Beyond happy to be teaming up with Sonic Cathedral in releasing a live album by one of our favourite bands, Disappears, on November 20th. This is not just a live album, it’s a recording of them performing David Bowie’s classic 1977 album ‘Low’ in its entirety at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, mastered by legend Sonic Boom.

The band ran through the album twice on November 22nd 2014 as part of a concert series entitled Bowie Changes, which featured several Chicago-based musicians reinterpreting the Bowie catalogue to mark the opening of the ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition at the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art. “Naturally we chose the hardest one,” jokes guitarist/singer Brian Case. They succeed by being faithful to the original, while turning it into something that sounds very much like a Disappears record.

We will be putting out a limited edition black cassette tape with black and white inlay printed on 160 g paper with a translucent 90 g orange print cover and download code. Not bad, eh?

More infos and PRE-ORDER right here: www.mapledeathrecords.com/mdr005/

Head over to Sonic Cathedral for the beautiful LP version.

 

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