From our new partnership series with the Unseen Worlds label. I have been playing this LP a lot here at Hot Salvation HQ since stock arrived - a gem that seems to slot really nicely in between the slots of Trunk Records, LITA, Annette Peacock, Finders Keepers, Arthur Verocai and the world occupied by Mr Bongo, and the rest of the beautiful, quirky, avant world. Total banger.
First time available since its original release on the Italian Ri-Fi label, Maria Monti's 1974 LP Il Bestario is a rare item even in its native country. Monti is an Italian singer and actress with a noteworthy career, performing as a cabaret singer in the 60s, an ambitious avant-garde folk artist in the 70s, and starring in films by directors such Sergio Leone (Fistful of Dynamite) and Bernardo Bertolucci (1900) all the while. In addition to lyrics by the infamous poet Aldo Braibanti, Il Bestiario features arrangements and synthesizer from legendary avant-garde composer Alvin Curran, as well as the soprano saxophone of jazz-great Steve Lacy. The music of Il Bestiario is a prime example of "the new art-song" of the 1970s, as Alvin Curran calls it - lush, dynamic and full of intelligence and beauty.
Sourced from the original master tapes and remastered by Taylor Deupree.