ERS010 – Not Waving – Human CapabilitiesFebruary 1, 2014
2013 was a good year for Mr Natalizia. Breaking out of his musical (comfort) zone and touring schedule as one half of Kompakt Records stars Walls, a deeper side to his music oeuvre was shown on the excellent Not Waving debut, Umwelt, before then going on to compile the killer “Mutazione” compilation of Italian New Wave 1980-1988 for Strut Records.
Spanning 9 tracks Human Capabilities takes the sound of Umwelt and the subsequent super limited cassette only “reinterpretations” of Redacted and mixes harder percussive tracks alongside explorations of melody through ambient pieces that close each side.
On titles Mathematical Man, Double Blind and Defensive Function, industrial and kosmische percussion is pushed to the fore, while Power Source Above Beam Line is the closest thing to a club track Alessio has produced outside of Walls.
However, it’s the more melodic Future Rain, Etosha Pan Aderci and the closing Satie homage, Conscious/Subliminal, that a new side to the project can be heard. Having been named after a This Heat song, Not Waving is developing beyond that to go as far as the album title suggests.
With a limited pressing before more new music comes from Not Waving, plus material due from Walls and the planned return of guitar based side-project, Banjo Or Freakout, Mr Natalizia looks busier than ever before.