August 25, 2015

Lino Capra Vaccina - Antico Adagio, 1978

Guest post by Britton Powell

Originally released in 1978 as the sole LP on Vaccina's own Nö Records, this debut album shines like cracked marble in the sand. Antico Adagio translates as "old & slow" which couldn't be a bolder statement in late 70's italo disco culture. It's easy to see that while his government was on the brink of collapse (due to corruption at the highest tiers) that it would make perfect sense for Vaccina to find a pure acoustic escapism that echos another world all together.

Reissued last year on the inimitable Die Schachtel label, Antico Adagio walks the tightrope between an unknown culture's ancient ceremony and a post-industrial minimalist exercise. Gestures of melodies and rhythms climb across the album and take root like ivy on the overpass of a forgotten bridge. Layers of exotic percussive textures point in all directions of the compass, while Vaccina's prayer-like mantras bejewel the album like stones dropped in a hidden well. Much like his minimalist contemporaries, Vaccina's greatest strength is his ability to take these tiny musical cells and extrapolate them ad infinitum.

Although this LP was his first solo endeavor, Vaccina was no stranger to some of the most far-out camps of Italian psychedelia. Heard pattering away on Jumbo's highly bent (and highly sought after) track "Gil" as well as serving as the backbone to Aktuala's hauntingly beautiful debut LP, Vaccina was a fixture in a scene that was uncompromisingly adventurous, deeply spiritual, and rooted in the cosmos.

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