I stumbled into this late late, middle of the night. Of course I was surprised. Being dead of night and just awake from deep slumber, I was deeply open to a creation not imagined in a way I doubt possible for me in any other preparation for listening to new and unusual ...unexpected. I was stunned, yet curious. This is poetry communicated through an altogether different medium ...brave. It's like the emotions are so raw they cannot be contained by customary, familiar forms. Not entirely accurate
The Next Wait in a clear 140g vinyl pressing with blue swirl. This edition also contains a limited 7" vinyl entitled 'After the Wait' with 2 exclusive tracks. These two extra tracks are available on this vinyl only and are not part of the download. This edition is limited to 100 copies.
Includes unlimited streaming of The Next Wait
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
"In 2013 my wife Gaia was pregnant. We were then waiting for our first born to come, expected for November of that year. A few little obstacles and troubles occurred during the nine months, so my anxious nature at the time generated in me the need to somehow express the feelings in a record, where I conveyed the worries that a father, especially a musician that needs his own moments for playing, may have in terms of an expected potential future lack of time and energies.
I also decided to involve fellow musicians I got to know at the time, like Maurizio Abate (guitar), Enrico Coniglio (guitar and organ), with whom afterwards I would have made full albums - but you can find here the first traces of our collaboration. There were Andrea Serrapiglio (cello) and Cristiano Lupo (bass), that I knew for quite some time, and featuring female voices. I asked Dominique Van Cappellen-Waldock (that I discovered through her marvellous presence on a Doug Sharin solo album) if she wanted to sing on a track, and she did, providing her own lyrics. The American singer Jenny Oakley, aka Empty Vessel Music, did the same on track one, as well as a glitching sample from Nicola Ratti is also featured.
The central piece of the whole album can be considered “Family Man”, a sort of cover from a song by Black Flag, totally reversed by my wife Gaia Margutti. She re-interpreted the lyrics her own way, and she performed it in an unforgettable session of home recordings, with my daughter Olivia, now finally born, hanging from her neck.
Indeed, the album took quite a long time to be made, and then the ‘wait’ was over, transformed in the new life we were all three now living together.
The second half pieces, actually a long track sliced in three parts, are dedicated to this transition period, where also tensions in the family are occuring. The tracks are built on a piano melody provided by the Japanese artist, Mujika Eisel, that collaborated with me on a previous album.
Now it is 2019, and not only is Olivia 5 years old, but also Nora was born, in March 2017. This album, is now dedicated to both of them, and can in a away, be perhaps considered a bit too ‘direct’, (as a Henry Rollins song!) but it’s for me a sincere expression of feelings and sensations. The concept of waiting can be interpreted in different ways, and anyone can ask himself what the two dogs in the front cover (kindly provided by the Italian photographer Adriano Zanni) are expecting to come.
Anyway, the album is finally released, thanks to the generous and neverlasting effort of US label Infraction, available in the three formats of LP/CD/DL, with an additional 7” containing two outtakes entitled “After the Wait” (exclusive to physical formats only), when the new life was becoming a new set of routines.
I even made a video in 2018, featuring - guess who? - my family. It can be seen on Infraction Bandcamp and on my website as well.
I hope that this long pathway of experiences, feelings, music and visual art will be shared with careful listeners all over the world." - Matteo Uggeri
released September 13, 2019
All tracks by Matteo Uggeri,
except from “Family Man” by Black Flag,
whose lyrics are adapted by Gaia Margutti.
Lyrics on 2 by Dominique Van Cappellen-Waldock.
Done between 25th of November 2013 and 25th June 2015.
Mastering by James Plotkin in 2016.
Pictures by Adriano Zanni.
Graphics by Matteo Uggeri.
Matteo Uggeri invests himself in sound poetry of everyday life, organized around a vast array of personal field recordings
and melodic compositions meticulously arranged in a story-telling way. He's part of the duo Starlight Assembly along with Dominic Appleton and he plays in Sparkle in Grey and Open to the Sea....more
With no forward momentum and therefore no expectation of the next note, eventually these pieces etch out a pattern, at a welcomed glacial pace. Piano is welcomed also. Very well thought out. Richard Erickson