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Singer-composer Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari (LEF) has made his mark as a powerfully expres-sive singer through a series of potent RareNoise Records releases, including Obake’s Draugr, Seven Mutations and their 2011 self-title debut, Owls’ The Night Stays, O.R.k.’s Soul of an Oc-topus, Somma’s 23 Wheels of Dharma and Berserk’s 2013 self-titled debut. But his own debut as a leader, the intriguing multi-media project Hypersomniac, is easily his most ambitious and im-pressive undertaking to date. LEF’s music serves as the soundtrack for a dystopian tale, which he wrote with Pier Luigi Rocca, of a future society based on mind control. An online comic with stark, startling drawings by Nana Octopus Dalla Porta, is underscored by LEF’s appropriately dark soundtrack performed by an all-star band featuring American bassist Bill Laswell, Norwe-gian guitar visionary Eivind Aarset, Norwegian future jazz trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, thun-derous Norwegian drummer Kenneth Kapstad (of Motorpsycho), British saxophonist Rebecca Sneddon (of Free Nelson Mandoomjazz) and Norwegian organist Ståle Storløkken (of Supersi-lent, Motorpsycho and Reflections in Cosmos).

“I wanted to collaborate with a few extremely talented musicians I had the privilege to work with in the recent past.” LEF explained. “That was also important for the sound I aimed to. I worked with Bill in the past on two projects led by my brother-in-music Eraldo Bernocchi — Somma and Ashes. Bill is god, enough said. Nils Petter Molvaer was in the Somma lineup as well. I’m a big fan of his unique and peculiar sound. Eivind had an important role in Berserk! We played live several times together and I also provided vocals to a piece from his last solo album. He is simply one of the most talented and visionary musicians out there. A lot of people are trying to emulate his peculiar guitar style and sound, but he is truly an original. I deeply love his musical view, which is somehow complementary to my own approach. Kenneth is a groove machine and has a very impressive personal style. Ståle is a keys and Hammond organ wizard and Rebecca was just the perfect sax player we were missing for the kind of sound I had in mind. She also provided the voice-over to all the Hypersomniac videos.”

While LEF’s visionary project might recall similarly ambitious dystopian tales like The Who’s Tommy or Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Hypersomniac has a wholly fresh spin on the multi-media pro-cess. “My first solo is in many ways inspired by the mighty records that I loved in my youth — Pink Floyd among the others,” LEF explained. “And the fact that it took me more than a good couple of years to release this project, I guess this kind of approach might have something in common with The Wall and Tommy. But there’s more to say. Hypersomniac started as a concept and a story I wanted to tell. On one side, I wanted to investigate the obscure dichotomy between material and the immaterial along with the human mind’s power for changing, distorting, even melting down reality in order to create visions and dreams. On the other side, I wanted to de-scribe a dystopian future as possible result of the paranoid chaos of the current era. This could be the main affinity for me in creating Hypersomniac.”

“It took me several weeks, months maybe, to elaborate the script,” LEF added, “and thought it could work well to illustrate the story as some form of highly stylized drama. Nanà Oktopus Dal-la Porta’s drawing style was just perfect to elaborate a dark visual part, thus I had to re-write the script several times to communicate the exact way I imagined every scene. Later on I learned how to mould 3D models to animate the drawings and Pier Luigi Rocca (who helped me from the very beginning) is still writing the code to make the whole story live as an interactive web comic which will actually be the only way to read the full story.”

The full story of Hypersomniac goes online in late November. Meanwhile, LEF’s soundtrack is available on RareNoise Records. From the dark intimacy of the creepy and compelling "It's Al-right"and "A Glimpse of Emma" to the tender opening of "Let the Sun Fall Apart,” which is jux-taposed against the heavy metal-laden crescendo, this soundtrack carries an operatic sweep. And the superband behind LEF delivers with pummeling power on highly-charged numbers like “Parallel Powers,” “Therapy” and “First Day of Work.”

“Having scored several soundtracks for music, art installations and advertisements, I see music itself as if part of a bigger vision,” said LEF. “That’s why we decided to produce a feature movie The Nightless City (directed by Alessandra Pescetta) for the Berserk! album (with Lorenzo Feli-ciati featuring Gianluca Petrella, Jamie Saft, Cristiano Calcagnile, Eivind Aarset and many other friends). Later on I started experimenting with 2D and 3D modeling and animations to produce the animated video for the O.R.k. tune ’Pyre’. Both of those projects gave me a strong connec-tion to the world of movie production and had an effect on my solo multimedia project Hyper-somniac.”

credits

released December 8, 2017

Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari (lef) – vocals
Eivind Aarset – guitars, electronics
Nils Petter Molvaer – trumpet
Rebecca Sneddon - saxophone
Bill Laswell – bass
Ståle Storløkken – hammond organ and keyboards
Kenneth Kapstad – drums

Hypersomniac

1. Opening
2. Parallel powers
3. Surgery
4. Aran has changed
5. It’s alright
6. Quarrel
7. First day of work
8. A glimpse of emma
9. Pale skin
10. Therapy
11. First step
12. Let the sun fall apart

All Composition and production by LEF
Additional composition by Eivind Aarset / Kenneth Kapstad
Published by RareNoisePublishing (PRS)
Recorded at by Lars Volsdal at Velvet Recording Studio, Oslo
Mixed by Marc Urselli in NYC
Mastered by Mike Fossenkemper at Turtletone Studios, NYC
Mixed and mastered by Javier G. F. Escudero at Estudios Cubex
Executive Producer for RareNoiseRecords: Giacomo Bruzzo
Artwork by Oktopus Nanà Della Porta

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℗ RareNoiseRecords 2017

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