I love reviewing foreign records because not only can I make up any old rubbish with very little chance of getting caught, but it gives me a cosmopolitan persona that is completely false, but that I really appreciate. This is a compilation album that showcases some of the many acts in their catalogue and rather worryingly every single one of them is pretty fascinating. I have noticed that Italy seems to be some sort of hotspot for experimental and underground music at the moment and this is clearly not restricted to a privileged few. The album opens with some surf tunes that are lovable rogues if somewhat slavishly nostalgic. Next up comes some very noisy alternative rock with echoes of Mr.Bungle, Lightning Bolt and a load of other weirdos who get me hard. It’s worth mentioning the awesomely named Luther Blissett, who was apparently an English footballer in the 80’s and clearly made enough of an impact on these dudes to name their hardcore/jazz outfit after them. Next up comes some spaghetti western dub soundtrack waltz thing by Ronin and its only as I write that down that I realise how awesome an achievement this brand new genre is.
The compilation runs pretty much the full gamut of experimental music without deviating off into the sort of alienating territory that bearded hipster fuckfaces like me enjoy. It’s an album of experimental / niche music that might actually attract listeners rather than stick up two fingers at them like a surly hoody. There are a few things that I personally didn’t bond with but hats off to Brigadisco for a pretty impressive success rate. I would suggest that this compilation album should only be a stepping stone to the other delights of their catalogue. I’m off to use my privileged position to cadge some free albums, plebs.