I saw Gigi in LA last month and it was incredible. I have listened to Calypso something like 40 times based on last.fm scrobbles. I was waiting for the vinyl to pop up in store but when I found a way to direct all of the money to him directly during #covid2020 I bought the vinyl. Thank you for your music! It brings joy to my life every time I turn it on.
Favorite track: Bellamore.
I grabbed this album because it was ambient music from a Venetian artist and it did NOT disappoint. It feels like you're floating in water or walking along a beach, or staring out over the Grand Canal after the tourists have left for the day. Sublime.
Favorite track: Nefertiti.
Apollo Records present a masterpiece of ambience and beyond – ‘Calypso’ – the stunning new album by Venetian maestro Gigi Masin.
The LP is inspired by the mythical Greek island of Ogygia and its alleged real life counterpart Gavdos – also known unofficially as Calypso – a place of extreme beauty, which upon visiting had a profound effect on the musician.
“Gavdos gives you profound sensations in every corner, as here you can find enchantment, mystery, the getting lost to forget, to erase and drown the memories in a light and salty water. A place new and ancient, between cedars that have seen exiles, pestilences, blood and desperation, isolation and abandonment, it’s the absolute of a life that every heart in love seeks, desperately, in the arms of Calypso, divine among the goddesses. An infinite love, and the infinite horizon of our dreams”, says Masin, eloquently.
The aqueous and sky-filled vistas of his native Venice are deeply intrinsic, but the best and simplest way to describe ‘Calypso’s sound might simply be Aegean, as every track takes you directly and vividly there – to timeless Greek beauty, glistening seas, picturesque landscapes and the sun’s bright, balmy heat.
But, much more than just pleasant dapples of twinkling of audio balm, ‘Calypso’ is music of the gods, goddesses and heroes, subliminally capturing all the celestial beauty, awe, romance and adventure of an epic saga.
‘Calypso’ marks a new phase in Masin's musical evolution after re-releases and retrospectives on the Music From Memory label and new releases with the Gaussian Curve trio alongside Jonny Nash and Young Marco. Aptly released on Apollo, Masin joins a label who count other classics like Aphex Twin’s ‘Selected Ambient Works 85 - 92’, plus Biosphere’s ‘Microgravity’ and ‘Patashnik’ in its catalogue.
Climbing in incremental steps to the pantheon’s summit, Masin now is close to reaching his rightful place alongside giants like Brian Eno, Laurie Spiegel, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tangerine Dream and Midori Takada.
released February 28, 2020
Composed and produced by Gigi Masin.
Pictures by Riccardo Romani
Design by Stefano Gentile
Creative Director Alessia Avallone - Language of Sound
Born in Venice in 1955 he’s in the music scene since early 70’s playing in rock bands or solo with his acoustic guitar (in a
blues/folk Martyn - Gaughan style). One of the first generation of radio DJs on radio FM/AM stations in Italy, he’s considered a forerunner of the ‘turntablism’ using phonograph-turntables to create and manipulate sounds, he performed with records, mixers, live electronics...more
The collage of sounds on this record fit so well together: traditional instruments, electronic dance, experimental soundscapes, IDM... The individual tracks are great, but this project truly excels when taken as a complete work. If you're at all interested in what's going on in the forefront experimental electronic music, this is where you should start Ryan Krantz