Agarttha Francesca Marongiu The New Noise

Directly from the theatre of archetypes, Agarttha is a flashing journey into the dreams of a gypsy moth whom powder ferries the listener into the twists and turns of the unconscious, among remote architectures of black stones and echoes of warmth and light. Agarttha is a side project of the singer/multi-instrumentalist Francesca Marongiu.



Label: King of the Monsters / Catalog Number: KOTM 40 / Format: Marble Purple, Black Lp 12” / 
Release date: June 25th, 2013 / Artwork by Rainbath Visual

“A Water Which Does Not Wet Hands” is inspired by the namesake book of Sendivogius, a Polish pioneer in alchemical studies and it deals with Jungian archetypes, in particular with the apocalyptic dreams and premonitions of the daughter of Jung friend, an 8 year old child which dreamed for awhile about death symbols and drew them in a small book before dying of an improvise and fatal illness.

“To listen to A Water Which Does Not Wet Hands is to commit to getting lost: The debut album from Italian musician Francesca Marongiu under the name Agarttha, A Water creates a 40-minute slipstream from a dozen different rivulets of sound—bejeweled drones and irascible metal, brooding noise and bewitching vocals, tribal drums and twinkling bells. They run together into a labyrinth so involved and seamless that it’s understood only when the music stops, when the record closes, when the intricacies yield to the album’s end.

The key to Agarttha’s success is the way in which Marongiu layers and wraps her references, bending all these musical ideas toward a center of unified, graceful gloom. The bullying guitars that begin to groan at the close of “Melusine,” for instance, don’t feel distant from the synthesizers that chirp and dissolve at the center of “Visions of Alina.” A Water posits and proves that Earth can sit next door to Dead Can Dance, that Arvo Pärt drifts perfectly away from the Buddhist descendants of Phurpa.”

(Grayson Currin, Pitchfork)




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