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Lesiman - Here and Now 2
Vinyl LP
£21.99

Lesiman

Here and Now 2

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Released: 1st June 2015 | 14 track tv soundtracks album

Music especially created for films, television, radio, publicity and

industrial use. The disclaimer coming with these two records - Here

And Now 1 & 2 - puts a smile on our lips and brings us back to more

culturally innocent and naive times. A quick listen is enough to realize

that this is top quality material (even if often hidden behind weird and

mysterious titles), which can't be compared to anything released in

recent times.

Paolo Renosto, the person behind the moniker Lesiman and the author

of these two albums, was a composer, an experimenter, a music

teacher and a piano player - an artist with the amazing skill of mixing

together pop(ular) atmospheres and learned quotes. Born in Florence

in 1935 (he died in Reggio Calabria in 1988), Renosto studied with

Luigi Dallapiccola and Bruno Maderna; he also was a member of the

Associazione Nuova Consonanza of Roma. He obviously joined, for

some time, the renowned Gruppo d'Improvvisazione, with Franco

Evangelisti and Domenico Guaccero.

When he started collaborating with RAI, he began working in the field

of sound dubbing - which he contributed to radically change, mixing

different influences such as jazz and orchestral music to create music

for tv shows. His long artistic career developed around many

partnerships, following different paths, always in complete freedom:

Renosto worked for theatre, but also wrote - with his friend and

colleague Ennio Morricone - wonderful movie soundtracks. Like the

one used for the cult horror movie Un angelo per Satana (directed by

Camillo Mastrocinque in 1966) or that of Irene, Irene (directed by Peter

Del Monte); but he also worked - almost anonymously - on many

western and poliziotteschi movies.

Then, and we're talking about the two amazing albums you're holding

in your hands right now, Renosto/Lesiman created many high profile

sound dubbings which are now very rare collector items. Besides the

Here And Now series, devoted to funk and criminal-jazz, Lesiman

recorded other gems deserving to be rediscovered, like High Tension

(another series) for the iconic Vedette label.

It's hard to choose one of these two reissued volumes: they create

some kind of unique body of work and they're best enjoyed as a whole.

In volume one you can find one of the most famous tracks of his career

in sound dubbing - the hypnotic and contemporary sounding Moto

centripeto - but also other brilliant compositions such as Bagliori, Via

nell'autunno, Le regole del gioco and Segni cromatici.

Volume two, on the other hand, features the famous Playcar - which

was sampled by rapper Fabri Fibra - with its swing and lounge mood;

but also Permanenza, Controcorrente, Ciclo interrotto and Cristalli.