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01. Au Champ Des Morts - Dans La Joie
02. Peter Bjärgö - Animus Retinentia
03. Phallus Dei - Black Dawn
04. Saille - Gnosis
05. Black Anvil - As Was
06. Heretoir - The Circle
07. Last Leaf Down - Bright Wide Colder
08. Bitterfeldt - Götzen.Dämmerung
09. Elegi - Bånsull
10. Isenordal - Shores Of Mourning
Confrontational may be a new name on the music scene, but Massimo Usai is surely not. The mastermind behind this gothic-esque synthpop project established himself as a part of dark/industrial/ambient duet Dahlia Indaco, which he has formed in 1999 and has shaped itself to present emotional and ambient soundscapes, combining dark, ethereal atmospheres blend with a combination of synthetic beats, acid arpeggios and raging basslines, inspired by many great musical formations, such as Cocteau Twins and The Sisters Of Mercy. You also may have come across the Sardinia based noise rock band recs of the flesh, which was also formed by Usai himself in 2004, inspired by William S. Burrough’s novel The Soft Machine. The noise rockers were compared to great names such as Placebo, Queens Of The Stone Age and Sonic Youth by media and Usai still cites these influences when talking about his newest project. With the release of his debut EP, Done With You, Usai himself took some time and wrote down the thoughts and stories behind the four tracks he presents to the audience under the name Confrontational.
By: Massimo Usai
Edited by: Ines
Release date: 13 February 2015
01. Wanderer Of Darkness
02. Done With You
03. Giving Ground (The Sisterhood/The Sisters Of Mercy cover)
04. Under This Crimson Sky
1. Wanderer Of Darkness
This is the second track I've worked on for the EP. I've been keeping odd hours ever since quitting my day job last October, in order to focus on music full time. I have been mainly working at night, going to sleep in the morning and usually waking up during the evening. One day, around a month ago, I got up at about 6 pm just in time to catch a wonderful sunset out of my window. Everything about that setting sun seemed to scream at me. I snapped a picture real quick and fell in love with it, so much that I decided to turn it into the EP artwork right away! I spent that night working manually on the lettering, using a battered black marker on a stash of A4 sheets, trying to come up with the right feel. And all of a sudden everything clicked: what I had in mind translated itself into the tangible world. I was so happy that just by staring at it I could feel more inspiration coming up. So I printed myself a copy and brought it to the studio - it was about 2 am at that point, a very quiet and cold night. I placed the print in front of my desk, and let it dictate the mood for an instrumental intro to "Done With You". I think it worked just great.
2. Done With You
"Done With You" is, unsurprisingly, the first song from the lot. Back around summer 2014 there was a party at my place, and during the night a friend of a friend noticed my keyboard setup. He casually started to ask me questions about the way I create my tracks, where do I start from, which software is involved and so forth. So I got to my sequencer and quickly programmed a very straightfoward beat to show him some kick/snare placement. Then played a bassline on keys, added a lead and almost without thinking this thing was there. A whole song out of nowhere. And I had a title too - for some reason, it seemed right to call this one "Done With You". I parked it without lyrics and melodies for about two months while all sort of things happened to and around me (leaving my job being just one of those). Then I sat down at the studio one night, simply letting words flow freely as I sang on the track. Emptiness, shadows and revenge: a tale from a very dark land. I'm really pleased with the outcome.