Valentina Magaletti & Marlene Ribeiro – Due Matte LP (White Vinyl Repress)
DUE MATTE immediately drew me under its spell when I heard the super-limited, and immediately sold-out, tape earlier this year. Now the Horn of Plenty proudly rounds off 2020 with a vinyl edition of this vital document.
In 2019 Valentina Magaletti (Tomaga, Vanishing Twin, et al…) & Marlene Ribeiro (Gnod, Negra Blanca) were in residency at the Hysteria project at Porto’s Sonoscopia running female-led percussion workshops for artists exploring new working methods.
Back in London, Valentina’s phone recordings from the workshops became the base materials for DUE MATTE (two crazy women) where the hysteria theme was developed further. Vocal incantations, poems, piano, brass, and electronics were added to the concrte cauldron. The resultant brew is a deftly concocted, potent, and disorienting assemblage that will appeal to head-nodders and chin-strokers alike. DUE MATTE is cinematic in scope, where tension is built with primal, ritualistic rhythms then resolving into detailed, introspective passages. A trip all of its own, for sure. DUE MATTE will appeal to those with ears for Vox Populi, Taj Mahal Travellers, Tools You Can Trust, Bow Gamelan, Anne Gillis.
DUE MATTE comes in an edition of 250 copies on heavyweight white vinyl in a reverse board jacket and 28 page booklet.