?Alos & Xabier Iriondo - Coscienza Di Sé

Cat #: CHEAP666/057 Release date: 10/05/2019 Format: LP/Digital Labels: Cheap Satanism Records / Sangue Disken    Distribution: Mandaï

Cat #: CHEAP666/057
Release date: 10/05/2019
Format: LP/Digital
Labels: Cheap Satanism Records / Sangue Disken

Distribution: Mandaï

?Alos, born Stefania Pedretti, and Xabier Iriondo need no introduction. She is active since 2003 with her solo project ?Alos, is a member of OvO and of the historical female band Allun. He was part of Six Minute War Madness and actually is guitarist of Afterhours, as well as sound manipulator for projects like Uncode Duello, A Short Apnea, Bunuel (with Eugene Robinson), The Shipwreck Bag Show, Immaginisti, Todo Modo and many others.

Coscienza di sé is dedicated to Emma Goldman, American writer and philosopher of Russian-Lithuanian origins, also portrayed on the cover pic, with artwork by Stra. The lyrics of the five tracks refer to her words, revolutionary for having conveyed freedom of thought, anarchy and feminism from the end of the Nineteenth century to 1940, the year of her death, but unfortunately “necessary” even in our present. “We started recording the songs in 2018, when feminism was regaining life. Everything, then, has reached a sort of maturity. Many people, including many young feminists, don’t even know who Emma Goldman is. That’s why her figure must be absolutely valued. The concepts shouted by Goldman a hundred years ago have never been so current. We believe that in this historical moment it’s even more important that musicians return to talk about politics”.

The tracklist moves from Apertura, in charge of starting the record and invoking open mindedness, to Gelosia: “Considering the numerous cases of feminicide and domestic violence, today jealousy is a subject of great relevance”. We continue with Autoaffermazione, the same Coscienza di sé that gives title to the whole work and Amore libero. “Goldman’s feminist vision coincided with the aspiration to an emancipated woman, capable of fighting on the front line. In addition, her idea of anarchy was to be applied to all the aspects of human existence, both political and individual”.

Stefania Pedretti has always experimented with female issues during her career, but never so explicitly. The challenge of using her Italian language, a key-element of the collaboration with Iriondo, makes communication more vigorous. While she sings, declaims and screams, with her voice elaborated through a vocoder, while becoming flesh for the Goldman’s verb and playing also synths, Xabier Iriondo focuses on the bass – his main “weapon” in this duo adventure – and on a drum machine of the early 70s. “The goal was to maintain power and ferocity using instruments not strictly related to rock music in its traditional form”. The result is a modern sound, linked to avant-garde and art-punk but with a peculiar immediacy. “Coscienza di sé is our most popular record. We wanted to use electronics and some ‘catchy’ rhythms to make very strong and meaningful contents sound direct. We hope people can discuss about all this”.

Involved in many projects, Stefania and Xabier – who recorded the EP at the Zulo Gorria Studio in Milan – have renewed a special alchemy. “There are harmony and cohesion between us”, they say. “We worked with considerable intensity for short periods of time: in less than seven days, spread over a year, we have realized recordings, arrangements and mixes. We trust each other’s intuitions, so our artistic partnership is very constructive”.

The impact is extraordinary: Coscienza di sé explodes loudly, in the deafening silence of a de-evolutionary society. It explodes in the stereo and in the head. To quote Autoaffermazione, “True emancipation has begun!”. Good “listening”, now.

On n'a plus besoin de présenter Stefania Pedretti et Xabier Iriondo. Depuis 2003, Stefania s'est fait connaître avec son travail avec OvO, le groupe féminin Allun et son projet solo ?Alos. Xabier a fait partie de Six Minute War Madness et est l'actuel guitariste d'Afterhours, deux projets auxquels il faut aujouter des multiples collaborations comme Uncode Duello, A Short Apnea, Bunuel (avec Eugene Robinson), The Shipwreck Bag Show, Immaginisti, Todo Modo...

Coscienza di sé est dédié à Emma Goldman, écrivaine et philosophe américaine d'origine russo-lituanienne ayant vécu entre la fin du XIXe siècle et 1940, année de sa mort. C'est sa photo qui est à la base du visuel réalisé par Stra.  Les paroles des cinq titres sont inspirées de ses écrits révolutionnaires pour l’époque. Emma Goldman parlait de liberté de pensée, d'anarchie et de féminisme. Il est malheureusement inutile de préciser que ces propos sont encore "nécessaires" aujourd'hui.

"Nous avons commencé à enregistrer l'album en 2018 alors que le féminisme revenait sur le devant de la scène. Tout a donc naturellement pris un sens. Beaucoup de gens, y compris de nombreuses jeunes féministes, ne savent même pas qui est Emma Goldman. C'est pourquoi sa figure doit absolument être mise en valeur. Les concepts défendus par Goldman n'ont jamais été aussi actuels. Il est important que des musiciens comme nous s’emparent à nouveau de thèmes politiques".

L'album s'ouvre sur Apertura, chargé d'invoquer l'ouverture d'esprit. S'enchaine Gelosia qui "compte tenu des nombreux cas de féminicides et de violences domestiques, montre que la jalousie est un sujet encore trop pertinent". Suivent Autoaffermazione et Coscienza di sé d’où l'album tire son titre pour terminer sur Amore libero. "La vision féministe de Goldman coïncide avec l'aspiration à devenir une femme émancipée, capable de se battre en première ligne. En outre, son idée de l'anarchie devrait s'appliquer à tous les aspects de l'existence humaine, tant politiques qu'individuels".

Stefania Pedretti a toujours expérimenté les questions féminines au cours de sa carrière, mais jamais aussi explicitement. Le défi d'utiliser sa langue maternelle (l’Italien), élément clé de sa collaboration avec Xabier Iriondo, rend le phrasé plus vigoureux. Le message de Goldman prend littéralement vie lorsque ?Alos chante, déclame et hurle avec sa voix manipulée à l’aide d’un vocodeur. Xabier Iriondo se concentre sur la basse- son "arme" principale -et sur une batterie électronique datant début des années 70. "Le but était de maintenir la puissance et la férocité en utilisant des instruments qui ne sont pas strictement liés à la musique rock dans sa forme habituelle". Le résultat est un son moderne lorgnant vers l'avant-garde ou l'art-punk, mais avec une immédiateté assez inhabituelle pour le duo. "Coscienza di sé doit être notre disque le plus accessible. Nous voulions utiliser de l'électronique et des rythmes "accrocheurs" pour mieux diffuser un message fort et significatif. Nous espérons que les auditeurs seront poussés à réflechir".

Impliqués dans de nombreux projets, Stefania et Xabier- qui ont enregistré l'EP au studio Zulo Gorria à Milan -ont retrouvé l'alchimie particulière qui les lie. "Il y a de l'harmonie et de la cohésion entre nous", disent-ils. "Nous avons travaillé de façon intense pendant de très courtes périodes de temps, 7 jours étalés sur un an durant lesquels nous avons réalisé les arrangements, les enregistrements et les mixes. Nous faisons confiance à nos intuitions. Notre partenariat artistique est très constructif".

L'impact est énorme: Coscienza di sé impose un bruit dans le silence assourdissant de cette société en dés-évolution, une véritable déflagration stéréophonique. Pour citer Autoaffermazione, “La véritable émancipation a commencé !”

Bonne "écoute", maintenant.


Lyrics

Apertura

Open
Mindedness
Unites Unites Unites Unites Unites Unites Unites Unites

Gelosia

Jealousy...
Jealousy, jealousy lies, cheats, deceives and kills
Jealousy
Jealousy
Lies, cheats, deceives and kills
Jealousy
Jealousy
Lies, cheats, deceives and kills
Kills Kills Kills Kills
Jealousy Jealousy Jealousy
Kills Kills Kills Kills

Autoaffermazione

Liberty is equality for women
True emancipation begins in the soul of women
True emancipation begins in the soul of women
True emancipation begins in the soul of women

A liberated woman, free to decide her own destiny
A liberated woman, free, free, free

A liberated woman, free to decide her own destiny

Self-assertion
Its growth, liberty and independence must come
from and through her
First of all

First of all
With her assertation as a person and
not as a sexual object

Secondly through the refusal to give anyone rights
over her own body

The refusal to give birth except only when she desires it

The refusal to be a servant of God, the State, society, her
husband or her family making her own life simpler
but also deeper and richer

Basically trying to appreciate the meaning and the essence
of life in all the complexities of its aspects
Freeing oneself from the fear of opinions and public
condemnation

Only this

Only this will give women liberty

Making her a force in the world which has so far been unrecognized

A force of divine fire which gives life, a creator of free men
and women.

True emancipation has begun!

Coscienza di sé

Break the shackles that bind the mind
Break the shackles that bind your mind
Break the shackles that bind your mind
Break Break

Break Break Break Break Break Break Break Break
Break Break Break Break Break Break

Anarchy
Anarchy
Anarchy
Anarchy
Anarchy
Anarchy

Self Consciousness
Self Consciousness
Self Consciousness
Self Consciousness
Self Consciousness
Self Consciousness
Self Consciousness
Self Consciousness
Self Consciousness
Self Consciousness
Self Consciousness

Amore libero

Emma Goldman recognized in sexuality and
loving relationships

a source of creative energy
a vital and decisive force
in the process of individual and social transformation

Direct action
Anarchism
Feminism
Emancipation

Free love
Free love

No religion
No state
No moralism
Independence
Independence

Apertura

Apertura
Mentale
Unisce Unisce Unisce Unisce Unisce Unisce Unisce Unisce

Gelosia

Gelosia...
Gelosia, gelosia mente, bara, inganna e uccide
Gelosia
Gelosia
Mente, bara, inganna e uccide
Gelosia
Gelosia
Mente, bara, inganna e uccide
Uccide Uccide Uccide Uccide
Gelosia Gelosia Gelosia
Uccide Uccide Uccide Uccide

Autoaffermazione

Libertà e uguaglianza per le donne
La vera emancipazione ha inizio nell'anima della donna
La vera emancipazione ha inizio nell'anima della donna
La vera emancipazione ha inizio nell'anima della donna

La donna libera, libera di determinare il proprio destino
La donna libera, libera, libera

La donna libera di determinare il proprio destino

Autoaffermazione
il suo sviluppo, la libertà e indipendenza devono venire
da lei e attraverso di lei
Innanzitutto

Innanzitutto
con la sua affermazione come persona e
non come oggetto sessuale.

In secondo luogo con il rifiuto di dare a chiunque
dei diritti sul proprio corpo

Il rifiuto di mettere al mondo figli, se
non quando lo desideri

Il rifiuto di essere serva di Dio, dello stato, della società, del
marito, della famiglia rendendo la propria vita più
semplice, ma profonda e più ricca

in sostanza cercando di apprezzare il significato e l'essenza
della vita in tutta la complessità dei suoi aspetti
liberandosi dalla paura dell'opinione e della condanna
pubblica.

Solamente questo

Solamente questo darà la libertà alla donna

Rendendola una forza finora sconosciuta al mondo

Forza di fuoco divino, che dona la vita, creatrice di uomini e
donne liberi.

La vera emancipazione ha inizio!

Coscienza di sé

Rompi i ceppi che imprigionano la mente
Rompi i ceppi che imprigionano la tua mente
Rompi i ceppi che imprigionano la tua mente
Rompi Rompi

Rompi Rompi Rompi Rompi Rompi Rompi Rompi Rompi
Rompi Rompi Rompi Rompi Rompi Rompi

Anarchismo
Anarchismo
Anarchismo
L'Anarchismo
L'Anarchismo
L'Anarchismo

Coscienza di sé
Coscienza di sé
Coscienza di sé
Coscienza di sé
Coscienza di sé
Coscienza di sé
Coscienza di sé
Coscienza di sé
Coscienza di sé
Coscienza di sé
Coscienza di sé

Amore libero

Emma Goldman riconosceva nella sessualità e nelle
relazioni d'amore

una fonte di energia creativa
una forza vitale decisiva
nel processo di trasformazione individuale e sociale

Azione diretta
Anarchismo
Femminismo
Emancipazione

Amore libero
Amore libero

No religione
No stato
No moralismi
Indipendenza
Indipendenza


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