01 The Straw That Broke The Camel’s Back
03 Eva Drink
04 The Unfortunate Rake
06 In Spring With My Diamond Ring
07 Martini Cocktail
08 The Blue Lagoon
09 Landscape #2
Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo’s MySpace page has an exhaustive list of notable artists he has worked with, but perhaps it’s better to list those he hasn’t worked with... no? A member of the stringed avant-rock band, Larsen and several other noticeably haunting projects, (r) is Fabrizio’s solo project, one with a pigmy arm’s length of contributors, but an offering that comes across decidedly solo but leaves with the memory of a full ensemble.
There’s a little of all the good things here in (r); an album that strikes its originality with ties to the past and the artist’s other projects. Gloomed guitar rock in an expansive sound box, where crafted melodies lull and compel listlessness, floatation and drift. It is not rock and roll though. The layered instrumentation is symphonic without walls of guitar, poignant without the pianoforte of percussion, warm and filling without the bloat of round-wound bass strings.
‘Eva Drink’ nursery-rhymes with its dulcet glockenspiel tune, shaded by electric guitar, where Palumbo’s voice gravels a soft elation, he too shaded by a backing track of throat-gargled harmony, warmly rasping. Odd rhythmic phrases are juxtaposed against simplified song form, accenting refreshing modernity in the face of lazy experimentation or tried-and-tested binary and ternary structures. An interesting and mournful cover of Joy Division’s ‘Atmosphere’ is one of the best reinterpretations of any of their repertoire that retains the quality of the old in an infusion of new. Toward the rear of the album and the music tints several of the recordings electronic, cut apart on the editing floor, but the pliable organics sculpt their way from the scattered shapes and luxurious and elongated melody reprises.
“in pink” is a gatefold digipak of strong card, bearing two inserts: one, the disc itself in an Important Records’ card sleeve chequered with the albums of other recording luminaries for maximum advertising purpose, the second bearing a slim card of detailed liner notes. The artwork is black and pink, with Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo on every side, captured by Giula Caira’s lens blushed in fleshy tones and dissolved into peculiar patinas and blurs. The disc, silkscreened features more photography from Caira’s lens – this time upon the arm of Fabrizio.