This Life Denied Me Your Love

by GIORGIO TUMA

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We made the announcement just a few short weeks ago - after three singles of collaborations with Malik 'theFreq' Moore, Laetitia Sadier and Lena Karlsson, and after a few months of waiting, we finally have Giorgio Tuma’s new album in our hands. “This Life Denied Me Your Love” is a collection of songs made for a galactic cocktail party, where glamour and elegance go subtly and delicately hand in hand, making a highly exciting but hard to classify collection of songs.

The album substitutes the psychedelic fantasy of previous releases for a dreamy elegance, without letting go of the small trademark hallucinogenic touches, to which we also have to add the goldsmith’s accuracy we have come to expect. In this case, the hallucinogenic touch comes from the synthesizers and arpeggiators (which curiously links him to our beloved MODULAR, using that collaboration with Laetitia Sadier, that delicious “Maude Hope”, as a tie), which intermix with silky chords and acoustic guitars. But at the same time this is probably the most introspective of all of Giorgio Tuma’s albums so far. From that opening full of synthesizers that is “The Wings Of A Loser” to that fragment of acoustic folk-blues that closes the album (“In Back Of You”), a certain melancholy runs through the album from beginning to end, with its luminous moments and other silent ones, but always with that feeling of unease that stays in the body after a sharp pain.

The album has a complex and diverse production, with the intervention of up to five different producers. The majority of the songs, up to 6, were produced by Matilde Davoli, one of the emerging figures of electronic shoe-gaze in Italy, whose sound defines songs like “Mat Matite” and “Two Half Moons”, among the atmospheric evanescence of bands like BROADCAST or even the forgotten THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Another name that is an important protagonist as a pilot of this spaceship is Stefano Manca, a regular on Tuma’s recent releases and inseparable partner in numerous musical adventures. Matias Tellez’s - leader of YOUNG DREAMS and in charge of the controls on the last Sondre Lerche and KAKKMADDAFAKKA albums - participation deserves a special mention on “My Last Tears Will Be A Blue Melody” and with the deep participation of Michael Andrews as important multi-instrumentalist and arranger on three songs (protagonist of the version of “Mad World” that was used in “Donnie Darko”, and producer of artists like Brendan Benson and Van Dyke Parks); POPULOUS (one of the most reputable names in Italian electronica right now, and once part of the reputed Morr Music label) on “All These Snowy Days In Farö”; and Stephen Kaye (who has worked with people like Ziggy Marley, Zooey Deschanel, Mayer Hawthorne, Alicia Keys, Cee-lo Green and HAIM) sound engineer for all the Mike Andrews instruments recorded and mix engineer on “Release From The Centre Of Your Heart”. This collection of names is proof of the complexity of the sublime production, and makes “This Life Denied Me Your Love” have a cathartic and hypnotic effect, presented almost like an emotional trip to outer space, pleasant and disturbing at the same time, creating almost unprecedented ambiances.

All of this is demarcated by the two giants that are the advance single - the precious “My Last Tears Will Be A Blue Melody”, and that “Release From The Centre Of Your Heart” that Laetitia Sadier appropriated for her solo album, and here is sung by the aforementioned Matilde Davoli. The are two enormous songs, somewhere between the neoclassicism of Ravel and soft-jazz, between chamber music and the most precious pop, between psychedelia and electro-pop, that put the cherry on the top of what is probably Giorgio Tuma’s most demanding album, but also probably his most solid. What is unquestionable is this Italian composer’s ability is far beyond normal, and it gives shape to unprecedented and unheard of pieces, a breath of fresh air with pop foundations and universal tailoring. The universality that includes everything and can do anything. Emotional universality.

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released February 26, 2016

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Track Name: The Wings Of A Loser (feat. Matilde Davoli)
When these notes will become snow
You'll hear singing this song between the stars
And the night will be done

When these years
Will take you the grace
Finally you'll understand why
This life denied me
Your love
Track Name: Two Half Moons (feat. Michael Andrews & Matilde Davoli)
I keep at a distance
All the claptrap
This race
Was trapping my mind
It just, defaced, the signs

Cold smoke was deforming
My smooth landscape of shades
And everyone rushed
To hide, behind a mask
A grin engraved in memory

Distance is relieving
My smooth landscape of shades
From dismal remains
Of tainted shattered grins
We should have leaped in unison
Splitting time into
Two half moons
Two half moons
Track Name: Maude Hope (feat. Laetitia Sadier & Michael Andrews)
Ancient
Medals
Blue squares
In tidy lines

Stray thoughts
Warped walls
Slumping
Into a chasm

You can't always settle
All the pulsing thrills
That stagger out of your mind

Blue squares
Warped walls
Ripples
Out of your mind

You can't always settle
All the pulsing thrills
That stagger out of your mind
Track Name: Release From The Centre Of Your Heart (feat. Laetitia Sadier & Matilde Davoli & Michael Andrews & Stephen Kaye)
Some images released
By a book about love and strife

They start to walk on eaves
Like stealthy crabs at night

Then they get lost in mist
Milky smoke crawls in veins and tides
I cuddle up to trees
Hypnotized by owls eyes

On a long amber street
Are impressed the signs of a strife
Memories walk on eaves
Like speckled birds on trees
Hypnotized by the leaves
Just admired and blessed
Track Name: Foxes Don't Lie (feat. Matilde Davoli)
Recollections stacked as pillars till they reach the space
In a forest of white columns past will guide your steps
And all the hopes for growth and change come out and graze your arm

With all the possibilities forsaken in a jar
In ribbons hangs your heart
But it throbs

Recollections stacked as pillars till they reach the space
In a forest of white columns future takes its place
It grazes your arm with its feet so rooted in the past
Unravels all the choices concentrated in your hand

In ribbons was your heart
But it throbs
It throbs
There in space
As far as
The eye can see
Track Name: Bright Hugs (feat. Lori Cullen & Michael Andrews)
Talking on the sea
"In a non-place" you say
Fleeting glimpse of gulls
My trunk is full of waves
And if you pry into it
The bluish emotions will come out and flood the bridge

And in this noisy trip
My hair will turn into a thorny wooden twist
But treasures light your eyes
But treasures light your eyes
This treasure shakes with light
Grows wan and breaks

Iridescent sea
In a non-place again
Fleeting glimps of gulls
My trunk was full of tales
At last you pried into it
And bluish emotions swallowed up us on the bridge

At last the crowd is still
And we both got into enormous liquid wheels
New treasures light your eyes
New treasures light your eyes
This treasure grows with light
It varnishes desires
New treasures light your eyes
This treasure grows with light
It varnishes desires
Crumbling all fears
Track Name: Mountain Elia K
Grassy taste
In the swings of a large courtyard
Dropping grief
In holes and lairs, don't mind

Read the plot
How it's pulling the wires to find
Other ways
So many tricks in a while
Meaning fades
With temporary delight

Grassy taste
Moving swings in a large courtyard
Read the plot
How it’s pulling the wires to find
Other ways
So many lives in a while
Track Name: All These Snowy Days In Fårö (feat. Populous)
Fast supple clouds
Catching fire and shot
Through with lissome flights
And a gust of wind
Ruffling opaque streams

Hush of sodden ferns
And frantic chirps
Harmonize
With our stride

Moss on my knuckles
Chastened laughter
Renaming things
Singing hymns
Exploring language
Chastened laughter
Rename all things
Remake all things
Track Name: All These Snowy Days In Fårö II (feat. Matilde Davoli)
Marbles run off
Splinters disperse
Backdrops they switch
Plunking down

Woodpecker's beak
Keeps beating time
Orchards and breasts
Protect our seed
The bareness of our life
Track Name: Mat Matite (feat. Matilde Davoli)
Portraits of us hang
Till they molder
Scented branches of a birch
Coil around your knees
Intertwined with rows
Of ladybirds

Eerie time-machines
Painting portraits
Slender branches of a birch
Building galleries
Intertwined with horns
Of jumping deer
Get closer
To this perfect scheme
Static as a dream
This recurring wheel
Static as a dream
This unchanging ring
Track Name: The Holy Warmth (feat. Lori Cullen)
When your comfort zone is pulverized
You can multiply horizon lines
Open your
Open wide your whirling eyes
Change the hues
Of your scales and dive
It's immense
Let your whims drift away
Towards home
Towards home

Dazzling lights disclose horizon lines
Multiplying the hues in whirling eyes
Change yourself
Change into
A glowing pine
With your crown
So high
Pushing out
Towards home
Empty coaches derail
Towards home, towards home, towards home...
Track Name: My Last Tears Will Be A Blue Melody (feat. Matias Tellez & Lori Cullen)
The brightest kind of dew dresses the lawn chairs
While rambling plants
Form their own patterns
In a swirly green
And one by one the awkward knots are loosened

In flowing skeins
Exquisite movements
On an emerald back road
Changeable movements
Of a shimmery light coat
Unsteady movements
And the shortness of the dawn
Of the dawn
Of the dawn...
Track Name: In Back Of You
Pieces of cloth
Put away in drawers
Let them stand
They'll join themselves

Mother of pearl
Voices in a cavern
Plum trees sprout
When you get back
Harsh words rip
Our fragile pledge

Strive to behold
Deep down in the cavern
Briny voices
Fill the gloom
Plum trees sprout
In back of you