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PHINX
Holtzar
[2013]

Code: IRM1017CD
Format: CD
Label:  IRMA RECORDS
                     €10,08
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Phinx’ s project was launched in 2007. The group is formed by Francesco Fabris (production, voice, guitar, synths, piano), Pietro Secco (bass, synths), Alberto Paolini (drums, percussions) and Daniele Fabris (synths, sequencers). The band, right in its first year of activity, released “Bunker”, a self- produced seven pieces demo which takes its name from the original recording studio used since the beginning of its musical production. By the year 2010 Phinx’s debut album “Login” is completed and published by “IRMA records” from Bologna. From then on the band embarked on a prolonged series of live concerts and acoustic performances (more than one hundred dates effected throughout Italy and abroad) in rock clubs, public events and music festivals, playing often side by side with well-known names as Kap Bambino, A Place to Bury Strangers, Beady Eye, Alex Metric, Congorock, Roy Pace & Aretuska, Mgz, Ministri, Verdena, Motel Connection. The band’s first single, “The Gamer”, whose related video won a special prize at 2010 P.I.V.I contest by MEI in Faenza, Italy, was aired in many radios and independent networks. The following single, “Italian Job”, was picked up as “single of the week” by ITunes and played in more than 150 Italian and foreign radios”. Their self-made, no-budget, recorded in the band’s home garden related video has been routinely shown on Deejay TV, Rock TV, Music Box Italia 2 and MTV with New Generation music channel and American Iggy platform, designed to promote the most interesting international artists. 2010 also marks the release of their single, again named “Login”, together with a related no-budget video, later adopted and implemented in different versions by some video-makers and subject to several remixes by some other music producers. The year 2011 marks another remarkable step in the band’s intense activity; a new artistic project is launched in cooperation with the Roman choreographer Michele Mastroianni and his four fellow dancers ensemble. The resulting enchanting performance, based on live music, dancing, light design and visual projections, named “A Wall Door”, has been staged with great success at the Bolzano Dance Festival, at the Teatro Comunale di Vicenza and lately at the Olimpico Theatre in Rome. After a year and a half spent touring a lot to promote their “Login” album, Phinx decided to pause and work in their studio for a full six-months period, wholly devoted to create a new production, very much different from their earlier produce: a new album called ”Hòltzar”. “Hòltzar” is an hermetic and enigmatic work where the timbre testing is the pivotal element, carefully searched amongst chirurgical electronic parts and dusty, real natural sounds. The new album has been conceived in a mountain hut and later registered and produced in house, in a garage, in a garden and other unusual locations, making use of all available spaces and rooms to recover their different sound features. A good part of the real sounds, recorded during some travels, have also become part of the music composi t ions themselves: tree branches as snare drums, cicadas as charleston, rocks as mallets, noises as pad. An extensive use was made of Indian musical instruments, purchased in person in West Bengal and Rajasthan formed the foundations upon which many tracks of "Hòltzar" were arranged and took their final shape. The whole creative production was processed by using electronic and technical instruments of granular synthesis, reverberated and distorted. Electronics in Phinx’s latest work is employed and tested through samplings from old vinyls with the additional impact of sounds from analogic synthesizers. No use of artificial editing and auto-tuning was made with analogic drums, guitars and voices, choosing instead to interact with imperfections and noises. Lyrics in the album mainly originate from literary compositions, while its title “Hòltzar”, together with two out of the twelve tracks in the album are in Cimbrian, an ancient tongue, currently almost unspoken, which used to be the language of populations settled in enclaves around the Asiago mountain plateau, in Northern Italy. One of the main features of this old, ethnic language, possibly originating from Southern Germany lands, is to link a sound typical of Northern Europe with a grammar close to the Italian’s one and to the vernacular spoken in Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige regions in Northern Italy. Phinx’s latest release is enriched by some featuring including artists from the independent Italian and international music scenery as in the track “Not for Animals”, performed in couple with Russian/Swiss singer Ekat Bork, or in “Kubla Khan” track where rhymes are by the crew Reanimation Squad. Additionally, strings arrangement in “Trolls” has been composed and recorded by Bologna Violenta, while trumpet player Spano has taken a part in “Pach un Khnottn” and a few sections in “The 5th Kingdom Pt.1” were performed by the bass guitar player Martino Cuman from the band Non Voglio Che Clara. The mixing has been carried out by Francesco Fabris in the band’s own recording studio, whereas the digital and vinyl mastering was completed by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering in London. “Hòltzar” artwork is achieved by Boitier, an artist coming from the street-art scene who exclusively makes use of analogic techniques and strictly natural materials, being employed in the development and fixing of films and prints. Phinx soon plan to go on tour with their latest music production. Performances shall be staged through a sound and visual experience specifically designed to re-create the same flowing of details and materials which has so deeply characterized the artistic production of “Hòltzar”.

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 This album contain the following tracks:
 Artist   Title+   Listen   Year 
 PHINX   01 Hoarn De Holtzar   2013 
 PHINX   02 Deneb's Map   2013 
 PHINX   03 Crystal, Flames and Cities   2013 
 PHINX   04 The 5th Kingdom Pt.1   2013 
 PHINX   05 The 5th Kingdom Pt.2   2013 
 PHINX   06 Trolls   2013 
 PHINX   07 Ministry of Fog   2013 
 PHINX   08 Music for Minerals   2013 
 PHINX   09 Kubla Khan   2013 
 PHINX   10 Not for Animals   2013 
 PHINX   11 Patch Un Khnottn   2013 
 PHINX   12 The Architect of the Shapes   2013 
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