ANDREA BELFI - ORE
RELEASE DATE: AUG 26 2017 FORMAT: CD/DL/LP
FLOAT launches their new label with first signing Berlin-based drummer and percussionist Andrea Belfi. Titled Ore, the album places the drums as its centrepiece, while textures are embellished and mutated through electronic manipulations and dark, eerie sonic details.
Over the years Belfi has built a sound-world that artfully combines a modest drum set-up with an equally concise electronics component. He has searched long to produce and refine the acoustic timbres of his music, but has now reached a certain point of fulfilment, courtesy of his Saari drum-kit from Finland. Melded seamlessly with the acoustic elements is a Nord modular and sampler. On Ore, Belfi attains a masterful synthesis of these two sonic realms.
Belfi has gained a reputation for his energetic and charismatic performances, both as a solo musician and within numerous collaborations. 2016 saw him tour with Nonkeen, the German three-piece band headed by Nils Frahm. Belfi became an instant highlight following a sold-out gig at London’s Barbican Centre, lighting the stage with an impressive and explosive drum solo that became one of the most memorable moments from the evening.
"When I started the record I really wanted to find something very direct. I was looking for something very raw, something sonically and acoustically complex. The title ‘Ore’ actually was suggested by my wife. I had to look up the meaning and loved the concept – something raw that you can extract, and the refinement into a precious material. It’s a very simple metaphor but there’s a lot there, you can just put that word out and you don’t have to explain too much. You give an input to the listener, and just leave it to the imagination."
All tracks by Andrea Belfi
Drums recordings by Matthias H. Franz Hahn at Studio Saal 3, Funkhaus, Berlin, except drums on “Anticline” recorded by Simon Berckelman at Golden Retriever Studio
Mixed by Francesco Donadello at Vox-Ton Studio
Mastered by Nils Frahm at Durton Studio
Vinyl Cut by Andreas [Lupo] Lubich at Calyx Mastering
Profile Images/ Cover Art
Album Cover photo by Vincent Erhart
Artwork / design by Francis Redman
Photo Credit Glashier
Italian-born Andrea Belfi is a drummer, composer and experimental musician. Artfully blending the acoustic with the electronic, his performances are equal parts energetic and hypnotic, featuring long-arching soundscapes that are rich and immersive.
Inspired by the likes of instrumental post-rock group Gastr Del Sol, seminal dub outfit Rhythm & Sound, and Pierre Schaffer protégé Éliane Radigue, Belfi’s music pulses on the exploration of deep and mysterious nocturnal spaces. Strikingly atmospheric and replete with vivid timbres, his music is oftentimes rhythmically complex but also pure and reductive.
A live performer at heart, Belfi’s music comes to life on stage where he’s built a reputation for electrifying drum solos and off the cuff improvisations. He’s been refining his current live set for a decade now, consisting of just his noble Saari drum kit from Finland, a Nord modular, and a sampler.
Having performed at the likes of Centre Pompidou (Paris), Unsound Festival (Krakow), Cafè Oto (London), Issue Project Room (New York), GAS festival (Göteborg) and Artplay (Moscow), Belfi’s become known for his charismatic and engaging performances. His extensive experience includes both solo and group tours across Europe, notably touring with Nils Frahm’s band nonkeen in 2016.
2017 sees the release of Andrea Belfi's next studio album, Ore, on nascent London-based label FLOAT.
"an inspired and beautifully realised exploration" - Wire Magazine
"electronic swirls that blur the edges" - Electronic Sound Magazine
Top 5 albums of 2017 selected by Mary Anne Hobbs (#2)
Top album of 2017 selected by Gilles Peterson (#6)
2017 Records of the year by Deluxe Magazine
Andrea Belfi video premiere via Self Titled
In Depth with Andrea Belfi via Drowned In Sound
Dead Light 'Sleeper' (Andrea Belfi Remix) via XLR8R
“a cult drama from italy…“ Gilles Peterson, BBC6 Music
In the Studio with Andrea Belfi via Headphone Commute
"thrilling and on-edge right from the off." - The Line Of Best Fit
Andrea Belfi in discussion about 'Ore' via The Wire Magazine
Piano Day highlights featuring Andrea Belfi via Worldwide FM
"A drummer whose work is both peaceful and wired" Village Voice
"You have no concept of just how much a lone kettle drum can blow your mind until you’ve heard Andrea play one." - Mary Anne Hobbs via The Guardian