surfaces – fluid radio

Next to the auditory overload tactics of Zbeen collaborator Ennio Mazzon, Gianluca Favaron’s solo work seems almost austere by comparison. Tones and rhythms are rolled out one by one with a patient precision that belies the surface appearance of simplicity, with a minute attention to detail that drew me in, made me want to listen closer. Every blip and crackle heard on the short EP “Surfaces” is perfectly formed and highly polished, despite being created from recordings of everyday objects such as scissors and kitchen utensils; Favaron has crafted six finely balanced miniatures that ring out their internal logic with bell-like clarity. The tracks were apparently inspired by the artist’s own polaroid photographs, one of which is included along with an enlarged print in each copy of the special ‘Art Edition’ of the release, but I hear the sharper-than-life precision of high-quality digital photography, an effect that is valid and meaningful in its own right. Nathan Thomas