Vladimir Ivkovic’s Offen Music to release Marco Passarani’s first solo album in 14 years

Artist: Marco Passarani
Title: W.O.W.
Format: 2×12″ / Digital
Label: Offen Music
Cat No: OFFEN010
Release Date: 14th January 2019
Genre: House / Techno

Offen Music announces the long-awaited new solo release by one of Italy’s most visionary producers, Marco Passarani. WOW encompasses eight tracks that vary in texture, with nods to proto-house, dystopic electronica, classic Detroit techno and Library records alike.

Opening with the panoramic spacescape of ‘Coldrain’, buoyed by a supple bassline, the future-nostalgic ‘Cydonia Rocks’ with its washes of sound, gives way to ‘Drumy Dream’, a robotic techno lovesong. ‘Get Down’ follows, its insistent rhythm and TB-303 refrain punctuated with jagged vocoder stabs. The anthemic and agile ‘Innowave’ stretches out, making way for ‘Minerals,’ its bubbling rhythm drenched in a dreamy and disconnected optimism. ‘Talk to Me’ and ‘Strings Fair’ bring the record to its emotional apex, with murky, energetic basslines building a scaffolding for sparkling cascades of melody. The record is the Roman producer’s first solo LP in 14 years.

Lately, he says he felt he an impetus to enter into the more intimate side of his creativity, which was central to his early work. Examining his approach to composition and experimentation, Passarani, whose studio boasts an enviable array of analog synths, streamlined his working process, creating a flexible system that enabled him to utilize brief moments in between shows as well as in alternative spaces: A reduced setup that he could take everywhere, and which could also work as the core layout for his live performances. And that, he says, is how he started writing down sketches, one after the other.

WOW wasn’t exactly planned. He says, “I was trying to bring order to my creativity, going through the pieces of the puzzle that I’ve been lost in. Before, I could concentrate on some areas of the puzzle, while now I can see the final picture when I look at all those pieces. And this is what happened, especially when I listen to the songs now than can tell my story but also show future paths. WOW is like my zen garden of ideas: Probably not definitive, and it will never be, ‘cause time will bring changes. But my new garden is finally ready to accept those and change with them.”

A1 / 1. Coldrain
A2 / 2. Cydonia Rocks
B1 / 3. Drumy Dream
B2 / 4. Get Down
C1 / 5. Innowave
C2 / 6. Minerals
D1 / 7. Talk To Me
D2 / 8. Strings Fair


Ian French
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Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and Progressive House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are fine cuisine, wine, and travel.