My Dry Wet Mess – Stereo Typing

My Dry Wet Mess – Stereo Typing

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Giovanni Civitenga, here using his My Dry Wet Mess alias, splits his time between music production and audiovisual art. In 2009, having relocated to Barcelona from his native Italy, he wrote a software programme for a sound-reactive video performance that caught the attention of Alfred ‘Daedelus‘ Darlington, and led to their collaborative experiments. Daedelus then signed Irrational Alphabet, Civitenga’s debut LP, to his Magical Properties imprint. Fans of this well received collection were soon disappointed at Civitenga’s subsequent departure from public sight. Spare a handful of bootleg remixes, there didn’t appear to be a follow up planned to this opening sonic statement.

And then, as unexpected as the sonic twists and turns contained within, Stereo Typing bolts from the esteemed Brainfeeder stable, an hour long collection of unsettling rhythms bound by Civitenga’s morphing, filtered synths. ‘Clappin’ Ears’ is the most accessible cut in the set, its gently bumping drum track and R&B vocals given the ubiquitous pitch-shift treatment combine for an almost dance floor friendly outcome.

Although punctuated with several similarly club focussed compositions, it’s the more adventurous tracks that slither between that give Stereo Typing its enveloping attraction. ‘Glue And The Love In It’ creeps along with repetitive, swelling synths and a slo-mo drum track that appears then fades away, until, just short of the track’s ending, the twilight vocals that make this album highlight so memorable descend.01. Berlin Stereo
02. Austere Coincidences
03. When We Were Wrong
04. Words I Didn’t
05. Lick
06. Mombasa Tutu
07. Clappin’ Ears
08. A Wrong Number
09. My Warped Tits
10. Bullshit Indeed
11. Glue and the Love in It
12. Nowhere Now
13. Prismas (feat. Eva Puyuelo)
14. Youth Reboot

Stereo Typing is available for purchase at Boomkat, Juno, Bleep, or iTunes.

My Dry Wet Mess – Etcetera

I had no idea there even was an album by My Dry Wet Mess and I only found out after watching this beautiful video by Martin Allais. Apparently, it came out in 2010 on Daedelus’ Magical Properties label – how could I ever miss that one?

If you read Spanish (or don’t mind the Google translation), you should also read the interview with the video’s director on Creator’s Project.

Flying Lotus – PieFace (My Dry Wet Mess Remix)

A day after witnessing Flying Lotus live at London’s Koko, XLR8R posted this remix by My Dry Wet Mess off FlyLo’s Pattern+Grid World.

Get the download now and stay tuned for some videos from the live-event!

(via XLR8R)

Actress – Maze (My Dry Wet Mess Remix)

Beautiful remix by My Dry Wet Mess, Barcelona based producer and latest signing on Magical Properties, the label run by Daedelus.

You can find the original on the much recommended Splazsh album, the remix is a download-only bootleg. So download it!