Title: Il Piccolo Cinema Di Beseno
Release Date: Aug 26, 2013
License: CC BY-NC-SA
Label: Yo! Netlabel
At first I didn’t think I was going care for this release all that much. The first track The Water Song opens with a simple enough synthesizer sequence that has an electronic-ring to it, but takes a long time to build into anything of substance. Two minutes into the song, the sequence was still building, although at least by this point it felt like there was some motion to the piece. two and a half minutes in and a heavy drum line is introduced as a form of counterpoint to the synthesizer sequences. But as I listened to this piece, I realized that it was a fitting way to start ‘Il Piccolo Cinema Di Beseno’ as it was a panoramic: slowly revealing a whole image the way a tracking shot in a movie might pan back from a simple image, to reveal a complex setting. Just as quickly as the image is formed in front of you, it fades, dissolving into a small bit of light that becomes the element that ties one image to the next. Or, in this case forms the segue between ‘The Water Song’ and ‘W.A.R.’.
And so the rest of this brief recording from Fucksia transitions from one panoramic scene to another. The way you experience films on the big screen. This series of pieces attempts to recapture some of the magical experience of seeing films at the local theater on the corner when you were growing up. Something that has been replaced by the mega-complex movie theaters of today. It’s also a call back to an earlier time when movies were made with images that told the stories, instead of characters and special effects driving the plot line.
The other noteworthy aspect of this release is that each piece allows the listener to put his or herself in the auditory image Fucksia is painting. It’s a chance to examine yourself through your memories.
All of this in a four track, 15 minute release, from an artist that started this project as “a game with no serious intentions”. It seems the purpose of the project found the artist instead. I would put this in a class with Vlisa’s Japanese Rivers and Diary of Lonely Girl for compact, concise and highly expressive music.
Fucksia recommends this music be listened to in “small environments”, like a small bedroom. I would also recommend listening to it with a good pair of headphones, the kind that isolate your ears from the world around you. Simple earbuds are insufficient to do this recording justice.
Hopefully this isn’t the last release we will hear from Fucksia. I am looking forward to more.