Shot & Edited by Carlo Natoli in the Czech Republic
Contains an excerpt from “Coney Island 1940” (Creative Commons)
A CLOSER LISTEN is pleased to premiere the video for “June” taken from the forthcoming debut album by Silent Carnival.
The self-titled debut from Sicily’s Silent Carnival will be released on 180g vinyl in October jointly Viceversa Records and Old Bicycle Records. Silent Carnival is the latest project from painter and photographer Marco Giambrone, also an active member of the bands Marlowe and The Nazarin. Giambrone draws on drones, noise, and silence to produce a style of songwriting that is deeply intimate and atmospheric. Largely an instrumental affair, full of rich textures and suggestive imagery, Giambrone’s compositions are nonetheless built around the familiar tools of voice and guitar.
Recorded in an old house in the Sicilian country side by Carlo Natoli’s mobile studio L’Argent, Silent Carnival feels imbued with the desolate energy of the surroundings that witnessed its creation. It’s hard not to picture the arid Sicilian countryside when traveling through these suggestive soundscapes. Much of that feeling comes from the strong stable of contributors who lent their talents to this recordings. Regular contributors appear, including percussionist Alfonso De Marco, and Caterina Fede on organs and synths, as well as many special guests including John Eichenseer (Evangelista, John Zorn, Spool), the jazz musician Gianni Gebbia (sax alto) , cellist Andrea Serrapiglio (Evangelista, David Tibet, Nels Cline), Salvop Ladduca (Marlowe, Nazarin), Giuseppe Cordaro (aka Con_cetta), and tape treatments from Luca Sciarratta. Carlo Natoli, who directed this video, was responsible for art direction, and also engineered the album, also contributed banjo and dulcimer.