Turin, Italy-based guitarist and composer Paolo Spaccamonti released his latest album, Volume Quattro, in late September via Escape From Today, Dunque, and Audioglobe.
Spaccamonti is a known avant-garde music artist who, for the past decade, has been dropping solo albums as well as collaborations with other Italian creatives including Stefano Pila, Mombu, Ramon Moro, Daniele Brusaschetto, and Paul Beauchamp, and outside-Italy artists like Einsturzende Neubaten’s Jochen Arbeit (2018’s CLN).
Spaccamonti’s prolific output also encompasses television, film soundtracks and silent movie scores, readings, and live collaborations. He’s worked with Ben Chasny of Six Organs Of Admittance, Jim White of Dirty Three, Julia Kent, Damo Suzuki of Can, photographer Jacopo Benassi, video artist Masbedo, and sound engineer Gup Alcaro.
Rebel Noise is excited to host the premiere of the video for the wild instrumental track “Fumo Negli Occhi”, which comes off of Volume Quattro, where almost every sound is generated by guitar.
The disquieting soundscape abrades the ears and mind with foreboding scraping and sharply piercing guitar extensions, pressing towards something dark and unknown that’s lurking menacingly in the shadows.
The video mirrors the tense mood with slowly shifting to suddenly flashing images and hues. What looks to be warped windows and doors (or at least squares and rectangles) are shot through with brilliant white light against a pitch black background, which are occasionally jolted by a surge of vivid color or jumpy TV-static graphics.
The video’s director, Donato Sansone, gives some insight into the footage, explaining, “The video for “Fumo Negli Occhi” is an abstract piece of work; closer to visual art than to [a] videoclip, by nature. It’s a movement of forms and dynamics that intercept the sound abstraction of the music.”
Spaccamonti digs into the intense meaning of “Fumo Negli Occhi”, revealing, “The song evolves from the invisible echo of another track in the album: “Paul Dance”. There was that screeching sound, like a hard braking, that I wanted to develop further, even keeping its minimalistic tone. It’s a sound that reminds me of a scene from Gegen die Wand [English title is Head On], a movie by Fatih Akin. The main character tries to commit suicide, hurling the car at maximum speed towards a wall. He fails in the attempt and he surrenders forcedly to life, with everything implied.”
Oct 18 — BLAH BLAH, Torino
Oct 31 — Vampyr (con Ramon Moro), TEATRO BINARIO, Cotignola (RA)
Nov 1 — CARACOL, Pisa
Nov 7 — TEATRO BLOSER, Genova
Nov 8 — ATELIER LAFORET/BENASSI, La Spezia
Video director Donato Sansone: