Andrea Bruera is one of the founders of SØVN Records - a label which back in 2015 published his first EP and now goes full circle, right in time for its 29th release.
In these 6 years, aside from curating SØVN Releases together with his fellow label owners, Andrea has lived all around the northern side of the Mediterranean Sea, from Barcelona to Trieste, finally ending up as a researcher at the intersection of AI and neuroscience in London. He has played extensively around Europe with his mandola - before COVID, that is… - while putting together, and slowly seasoning, his latest EP, called See-through.
The building blocks for these four songs were recorded, together with many more, 4 years ago, slowly assembled and then left to season. The result is a selection of that ageing process: these are the songs which stood best against time.
And the physical side of the release is a non-cassette: as if the original tape, like an old building, had crumbled as years passed, and now only the core of the structure resisted, its most basic materials - stone, metal, and the tape itself. While physical cohesion degrades as time passes, one of the magical properties of time itself is that we can see through it: it’s a transparent thread holding together those pieces that broke apart.
The first piece, To the beat of your own drum, rushes through a storm of fast-paced drums just to reach an insane mix of mandola singing and dub.
A dub spirit, tweaked out of its natural place, can be found again in the second piece, Passe-partout, where it unexpectedly finds a way to swallow a synth ostinato.
Elephants in Warszawa Zachodnia conjures exactly what the title describes, by way of its heavily processed bowed mandola sounds.
And the final piece, So We, is the sound of the transparent, see-through waves of our memories.