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Giancarlo Erra's 2021 solo release Departure Tapes reflects on a difficult year, which saw the loss of his father to cancer. The album addresses how assisting his father through the illness healed - in a painful twist - the tumultuous relationship they had.
Giancarlo says, “Departure Tapes contains the most experimental (and perhaps darkest) material I ever wrote, without compromise or set plan. It contains all the elements of my music in a very unconscious free flow way. It's the first album I wrote without knowing I was writing it, intrinsically linked to one of the hardest and yet more healing parts of my life.”
Departure Tapes is an album of contemplative recordings, written while travelling between the UK and Italy. The majority of the tracks were recorded live by Erra, possessing a spontaneity which cannot be replicated.
Max Richter, Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm and the ambient recordings of Brian Eno may offer a reference point by which to enter Erra’s world, but the depth within these recordings is truly original.
Oxblood coloured vinyl in gatefold sleeve. Comes with signed postcard.
A FLAC high-res stereo and surround download will be available on release date (in ‘your account’).
A.1 Dawn Tape (6:15)
A.2 Previous Tape (1:48)
A.3 169th Tape (2:51)
A.4 Unwound Tape (8:24)
B.1 Departure Tape (16:51)
B.2 A Blues For My Father (7:31)