x​-​ray three: Amorosa Sensitiva LP

by Benjamin Finger

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“It has all the music I like in it” - Blue Tapes response to Benjamin Finger’s initial submission of Amorosa Sensitiva.

That music is cloud-rolled drones and sun-speckled synths; it is low tides of distant cello, ebbing into view; it is tiny hits of percussion clustering protectively around sustained piano patterns; it is techno slowed down and stretched out and reconfigured as free jazz; it is cascades of notes that tilt your head back and lift your legs into the air and scroll around you; it is snatches of human conversation rendered as abstract song textures, which lends a hallucinatory logic to the LP’s narrative.

Over the past six years, Benjamin has conjured as many albums of meditative, atmospheric compositions that draw from multiple sources but retain a very natural and intuitive musicianship - one that prevents the juxtaposed sounds from sounding patchwork or contrary.

Amorosa Sensitiva isn’t just stylistically varied though, it has a wide emotional palette - is as comfortable exhibiting ferocity as bliss. It has all the music we like in it and probably quite a lot of the music you like, too.

Benjamin Finger is influenced by Alice Coltrane, Slayer, Spacemen 3, Arthur Russell, Butthole Surfers, Slint, Loop, Lee Scratch Perry, Charles Mingus, Disco Inferno, Sun Ra, Eric Dolphy, Broadcast, Labradford, Laurie Anderson, Flying Lotus, Pharaoh Sanders, Fugazi, Panda Bear, Suicide, Flying Saucer Attack, The Frogs, Frank Zappa, early Jane’s Addiction, Bardo Pond, David Bowie, Autechre, Philippe Sarde, George Michael, Frédéric Chopin, Terry Riley, Gescom, John Zorn, Omar S, Morton Feldman, Mr. Bungle, Talk Talk, Vincent Gallo, Gas, Drexciya, Laurel Halo, Actress, Oneohtrix Point Never, François Truffaut, Hal Ashby, Louis Malle, John Cassavetes, Woody Allen, Ettore Scola, Julio Medem, Jacques Audiard, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Paul Thomas Anderson, Roman Polanski and early Jim Jarmusch films.

Amorosa Sensitiva was mastered by Khanate/Scorn guitarist and Nadja/Sunn O)) collaborator James Plotkin.

In terms of both packaging and sound this LP forms a natural counterpart with our forthcoming x-ray four release, Piano Mating by the legendary Mats Gustafsson. More information to follow.

Benjamin Finger will come over from Norway to join Blue Tapes labelmates Father Murphy, Map 71 and more in representing the label at Supernormal festival in Oxfordshire this August.

Praise for Benjamin Finger:

"Like a gleaming reverie, slightly submerged... redolent of Alice Coltrane’s graceful, spiritual ecstasy and the decelerated density and dusky forest-plunge of Wolfgang Voigt’s GAS project... A fever dream at turns gorgeous and fiery." - The Ransom Note

"It’s usually a cert that we will love anything that comes from the wonderfully diverse world of boutique label Blue Tapes and X Ray Records. This stunningly hypnotic release from Benjamin Finger is not about to change that in the least. The six tracks on Amorosa Sensitiva are the stuff of beautiful daydreams if they had a electronic soundtrack." - #SRCZ

"Benjamin Finger belongs to the semi-recent surge of ambient musicians playing around with more rhythmic, textured structures and light experimental sampling." - Sputnik Music

"...a stylistically wandering gait - a set of hallucinogenic synthesis dissolved in woozy lo-fi ambient solution with liquid pulse and sundry electronic detritus." - Igloo Magazine

"Hailing from Oslo, Norway, his rhythms have been described as woozy and strange, but nothing about that is bad. There is little fun in knowing the end of a journey, and [Benjamin Finger's music] embraces that to the point in which it doesn’t even bother with a destination; the trip essentially, is what this music is all about." - Slug Magazine

"The unlimited nature of our imagination is seemingly unveiled as Finger throws every conceivable texture he can at the wall; the distant throbbing of some pounding bassline matches the miserable, delicate guitar lines and cruising constant of the background drone, fed all by the writhing mass of disjointed, glitched instruments at the fore, only to close on a bizarre parting shot of deeply active, heck even danceable, synth." - HearFeel

"...ambitiously uncharacteristic and unexpected, deliciously cryptic, and leaves me with absolutely no idea where he might go next." - Brainwashed

"Finger’s music is the kind of disturbing telepathy you’d find living inside a strange dream that at the time feels incredibly eerie, incredibly real. The hairs shoot up on the back of your neck, and you just know someone’s behind you; your mind finds the frequency and then is tuned like a radio into your sensitive sixth sense. You never trust the one with the power: it’s likely to be abused." - Fluid Radio

"The world of Benjamin Finger is definitely one I'd like to dig into. We're dealing with an exceptional musical mind here. One that refuses to follow rules and guidelines. One that constantly finds new ways to express itself." - Merchants of Air

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released June 9, 2015

Other musicians on Amorosa Sensitiva include Are Watle on saxophone (track 4) and on additional guitar (track 5) and the female voice/vocal loop is of Inga-Lill Farstad (heard on track 1 and 6).

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