Fera - Stupidamutaforma 2XLP (MDR036)
Release date: March 10th 2023
Fera's sought out tape debut 'Stupidamutaforma' (2020) is finally reissued on 2XLP remastered and with new artwork.
"Fera’s tarnished materials are destined for ruin; “Stupida,” full of longing and regret, sounds like an elegy for a fallen world." Pitchfork
"A cut of dark magic that fits like a glove to overcast days, wild winds and lashing rains. Insistent, the treacle-thick bassline oozes out, soaking the space between the melancholic synth lines." Inverted Audio
"The songs on Stupidamutaforma feel hypnotizing...it establishes De Franco as a composer who uses space and time to create a set of rich, immersive works." Bandcamp 'Album Of The Day'
Early morning sensory comfort, eyes decompressing, mind unraveling and body detachment creating circular forms and layers of thought. It’s like being inside a prism of shadows and light slowly cascading through lost memory cells. This is where ‘Stupidamutaforma’, Fera’s debut for Maple Death reveals its groundwork.
Fera is Andrea De Franco, electronic composer from Southern Italy now residing in Bologna, best known for his work as visual/comic artist and for running his own publishing house De Press. Just like with his drawings, Andrea De Franco, has been slowly building an expansive body of work collecting tracks, audio snippets and beautifully layered soundscapes that escape any definition of contemporary electronic form. ‘Stupidamutaforma’ dates back to 2008-2010, and like its title is a deep journey into synthesis and metamorphosis through psychedelic shapeshifting electronic songs dumbed down (stupida) to encapsulate grime, errors, terrestrial bleeps and pulsating techno. Ten years of work that De Franco does not see as some sort of culmination of efforts but rather as a state of transition from insecurity to coming to terms with his obsession and acknowledging that this music needs to remain in somewhat of a raw form.
There is a highly romantic human thump to Fera’s approach to what once would have been called IDM, a spiritual transcendent quality that permeates his sonic paintings. ‘Stupida’ and ‘Decline Harvest’ are bathed in melancholic abandonment akin to the geographic explorations of Boards Of Canada or the synthetic research of early Mego releases. ‘Yung Leaf’ and ‘Funeral Flute’ rhythms collide into AFX ambient beats and the experimental techno that we grew to love on Subsist. Industrial rivers overflow on ‘Carefucker’, recorded through old Sunn amps with added drum cymbals, while the Kosmische peaks of ‘Circadian Harp’ degrade into Disintegration Loops and sentimental abstraction. Audio design, hybrid synthesis and emotional vulnerability are the backbone of ‘Stupidamutaforma’ one of the most immersive and complete realms we have released in the past years. Extension and distortion of natural perception is at its core.