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Date / Venue
09 March 2017, Stasera: Rainbow Island – Smerluvio Release Party, Rome, Italy
Info / Links
Rainbow Island is an interdimensional-psych band based in Rome, Italy that released its first album back in 2012 on the Italian Flying Kids Records outcome. The LP, called RNBW, was followed by two tapes respectively on Toni Cutrone‘s NO=FI Recordings and Aaron Rumore‘s Körper / Leib [a split with AUN] and the participation to the Communion’s Milan-based collective Interdimensional Folklore Vol. I compilation. The RNBW follow-up, called Crystal Smerluvio Riddims, is a joint NO=FI Recordings / Flying Kids Records production that saw the light March the 7th, 2017 and that you can listen following this link.
We are four people from Bongolandia. We play electronic psych ritual spacey videogame and nature addicted music. We like to explore every single inch of our Island.
About the record: the 6-track, 44-minutes-long release explores distant universes and unchanneled frequencies lazing in psychopath, fluid rhythms, their sound bringing together a wide range of influences such as psychedelia, electronics, space rock, and much more. As much as RNBW is the Rainbow Island project launch record, Crystal Smerluvio Riddims should be thought as a thoroughly carried out, further exploration of the Multiverse that expands on dub and primitive rhythms (better yet, riddims) reaching an even more mature and consciuous level over the ability to craft crazy sonic wanderings. Right here below you can stream the full release party performance that took place last March the 9th over at Circolo Dal Verme, Rome, kindly recorded by our precious contributor Carlo Cimmino, when Crystal Smerluvio Riddims was played in its entirety for the first time in front of a crowd. Keep reading for few lines ahead you can find a list of another four confirmed occasion to see Rainbow Island playing live. Enjoy!
The perfect summary to enter the schizophrenic world outlined by Rainbow Island’s music is this mixtape recored exclusivelly for the Italian section of Vice’s Noisey back in 2012 you can hear out via the mixcloud player right here below. The mixed selection opens with the Rainbow Islands notorious videogame [Taito, 1987] main theme from which – most likely – the band derived its name, and it also features tracks by Black Dice, Rustie, Lone, Boredoms (!), Flying Lotus, Ital Tek, Actress, TNGHT and CAN together with tunes coming from some unforgettable game’s OST such as Nights into Dreams, Sonic Generations, Pinball Fantasies, and the Final Fantasy Victory’s Fanfare.
Rainbow Island are now about to start their Smerluvio tour that’ll bring them to export their crazy musical vision all over Italy, as you can see here below. You mustn’t miss the chance!
- March 30th, 2017 @Isla Do Cafè – Milan, Italy
- April 8th @Free Ride – Perugia, Italy
- [May 13th MULTITENEBRA free noise live set – Macerata, Italy]
- June 4th @Zuma Festival | CasciNet – Milan, Italy
• DSI Mopho • MFB Synth Lite 2 • Effetti • MOTU UltraLiteMK3 • Ableton Live • PureData • Batteria
Extra / Videos
- The DalVerme situation: Circolo DalVerme, one of the most famous venues in the Rome and all over Italy promoting experimental music and culture, will cease its activities within few days according to a major set of problems that could not be overcomed [the last concert is due to March the 31th with Movie Star Junkies and Thetlvmth; to read more about the matter check this link]. It’s not clear yet whether DalVerme is only relocating, changing its name and then start all over, or, worse, completely shut down stopping its precious, unvaluable activities it’s been carrying on since 2011. Rainbow Island’s show could be sadly (or not?) listed among the last glorious party over at DalVerme; the attendees were also given ‘8 YAP’ cocktail, ment to enter an interdimensional, psychedelic communion state with the music.
- Here’s a short video extract of the live set at Circolo Dal Verme shot by Carlo Cimmino. The recording here presented was also taken by Carlo Cimmino, our precious collaborator who also contributed to our RECORDING section with RECORDING#7 by Metzengerstein, #8 by Trans Upper Egypt, #10 by Balance, #11 by Trouble vs Glue, #16 by Luminance Ratio, #17 by Stereocilia, #20 by Roberto Begini, #22 by Ottaven, #28 by Maurizio Abate, #29 by Anacleto Vitolo, #31 by Lyke Wake and many others to come.
- The band recently joined the Distant Future collective, and to celebrate the membership and the release of their second studio album as well, Rainbow Island has commissioned fellow abstractraveler Awe Ix with the production of a groundbreaking panvisual documentary about the Jiāng river, featured as an interdimensional exclusive on DF website. Watch it on distantfuture.org/
- Here’s the awesome artwork for the limited edition Crystal Smerluvio Riddims vinyl, courtesy of Canedicoda and Legno:
A. and C. have been living in Turin, Italy since late 2015. The former is pursuing his PhD in Telecommunications Engineering and considers Guy Picciotto being the repository of happiness in life, the latter is currently studying sculpture at Accademia di Belle Arti where she messes around with materials and fantasizes about turning into a bunny.