Confusional Quartet

by Hell Yeah Recordings

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about

"it's a whole world of it's own, and it's out of this world!"
Richard Norris (Time & The Space Machine / Beyond's the wizard Sleeve)

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The Confusional Quartet are Enrico Serotti, Gianni Cuoghi, Lucio Ardito and Marco Bertoni, a four piece experimental band with new wave, avant-garde and post rock influences who have been recording since the late 70s. Having first released their debut album more than three decades ago, they now return with a new, eponymously entitled full length on Hell Yeah recordings, due for release in October 2012 and accompanied by fabolous artwork by Andrea Amaducci.

One of the most recognized Italian bands in the so-called new wave era, the energetic group were never afraid of pioneering new sounds and performing energetic shows, and this new album (one of two they are working on, as well as a new live show) suggests they have lost none of their edge having reformed just last year.

Across the course of the 11 tracks, the band explores the fusion between synthetic sounds and real drums; fizzing guitar lines and plenty of feedback. It’s funky, raw and looks to many different eras and genres all at the same time. The opener ‘FuturFunk’ (co-written and co-produced with Sir Bob Rifo of The Bloody Beetroots) is just that, dazzling and arresting as it goes.

Elsewhere, high energy, dense and gauzy songs like ‘Kursaal’ rage and writhe as drums cut in and out and guitars get worked to the max. Pilling layer upon layer of sound, each track is stuffed with contrasting surfaces before being stripped to just a jazzy drenched bassline or funked up lead.

‘Verme’ marks one of few comparatively sober moments in an otherwise spine tingling, nerve jangling journey through intergalactic sonics and grubby rock ethics. ‘Sensosan’ is also more stripped back, focusing on quick licked rhythms and computerised melodies, whilst the rest of the album is a mad parade of frantic, zany, futuristic instrumental workouts. Three decades after starting out, Confusional Quartet are still the most expressive postmodern experimentalists out there not afraid to push the boundaries.

Italian selected press

"L'album scorre così brillantemente, come d'abitudine in costante e frenetico movimento, con secca essenzialità e grande misura"
"[...]il nuovo album dimostra che tre decenni trascorsi non hanno inquinato lo spirito nè incrinato le peculiarità della formazione bolognese. Il suo nervoso eclettismo non è domato[...]" Blow Up

"Spesso è volutamente demodè, ma il tempo, dalle loro parti, è uno stato mentale." XL

"...un grande ritorno, per usare una locuzione banale...da collocare da qualche parte, anche se le affinità stilistiche non sono molto pronunciate, fra i Calibro 35 e gli Zu." Mucchio Selvaggio

"A distanza di 32 anni dal primo, il gruppo si ripresenta con un secondo album senza titolo come se nulla fosse cambiato: skanzonati bozzetti di elettronica bizzarra, tastierine taglienti e scoppiettanti, istantanee ancor più dirette e sfacciate, con un cameo di Bob Rifo a dare un tocco di modernità. Rigenerante e vitale"

"Rigenerante e vitale" Rockerilla

"Questa non è musica da descrivere, ma da ascoltare. Soprattutto, musica divertente. Il piacere della creazione, qui – alla faccia di ogni algido snobismo – è direttamente proporzionale al piacere dell’ascolto." Indie-Eye.it

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released October 15, 2012

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Hell Yeah Recordings Berlin, Germany

"If you didn't know, Hell Yeah is the Italian label hell-bent on releasing the best modern disco(ish) you can find. Sometimes it's blissed out and Balearic, sometimes it's squelchy and down-right weird and sometimes it's the sort of enlogated, tribal stuff that works dancefloors into a salacious frenzy" (Kristan J Caryl - DJ MAG January 2014) ... more

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