Italian noise artist Toni Cutrone has divulged the details of his latest LP under the Mai Mai Mai alias. Titled Nel Sud and inspired by Mediterranean history and Italian ethnographic films, the record is set for release on May 24th via La Tempesta International (Xiu Xiu, Ninos Du Brasil)
It comes after Cutrone's recent appearances on God Unknown, Instruments of Discipline and as a member of the recording band for Chapel Perilous, the latest full length by Manchester collective Gnod.
Nel Sud continues in the same vein as Cutrone's previous work as Mai Mai Mai, which has included an anthology of releases titled the 'Mediterranean trilogy', released on highly recommended labels Boring Machines, Yerevan Tapes & Not Not Fun.
On this outing however Cutrone promises 'a different sense of ambition' as the focus turns to a particular region and a specific influence; namely Southern Italy and the ethno-documentary films of Luigi Di Gianni, Gianfranco Mingozzi, Vittorio De Seta and Cecilia Mangini. Intended as an original soundtrack, Nel Sud is mixed with sounds taken from these films and explores a wide range of themes associated with the regions history.
As the press release has it, the record takes in 'the interrelation between pagan rituals and Catholicism, lives shaped by arduous labour and working-class dignity, the fragility of man subdued by nature, divinity and magic.'
Nel Sud will be released on vinyl and digital download on May 24th. Check the trailer, tracklisting and select tour dates below.
1. II Male (di San Donato)
3. Pisci Spata
4. Magia Lucana
5. II Pianto
Upcoming Tour Dates
April 6th - PARIS @ Glory Hole
May 23rd - UTRECHT @ Moira
May 24th - GENT @ Charlatan
May 25th - Nantes @ WINE NAT / WHITE HEAT Festival
May 26th - LONDON @ RAW POWER Festival
June 6th - BRIGHTON @ The Rossi Bar
June 7th - MARGATE @ Stretch Art Gallery
June 8th - BRISTOL @ TRYPTICH Festival