EP Review: Iuliano - De-Algorithm (2022)
First of all, and because it cannot be said often enough:
нет войны | ні війні | No War
|Picture Credit: Iuliano|
Italian artist Iuliano has taken on this subject, the subject of algorithm and their power as a driving force for the digital future on his latest EP called "De-Algorithm". On five tracks, this concept release remorselessly shoots against the mechanisms of digital capitalism and their minsathropic ways - and thus, Iuliano hereby shows the means of a system that literally stops at nothing to follow its purpose.
The sonic tale is opened by the song 'On the Radio', a proggy and folky anthem that introduces the story's main character to the listeners. This protagonist whose cartoon representation drawn by Walton Zed closely resembles real-life Iuliano finds himself on a journey to himself. Thus, his perspective changes frequently from planet Earth's surface and a birds-eye view upon it. With a certain Space Rock vibe and progressive psychedelia presented via echoed vocals, the change of perspectives is realized beautifully.
As the musical dreams intensifies and the music is strongly approaching realms of Psychedelic Funk, the character experiences that one thing that happens in so many dreams - he is falling. And during that seemingly endless drop down, the algorithm becomes noticable again. Musicked via electronic glitches and depicted via mathematical terms in the video, the protagonist realizes that he has not left the digital force's realms at all.
After the Dream Rock and Psych Funk trip on 'Uranus or Mars', the following track 'The Last Time' has a very sobering character. This very artistic and jazz-influenced Pop Rock hymn can be regarded as a sarcastic and honest reckoning with people's behaviour on social media. Topics such as ghosting, catfishing, scam, or the whole business around bodyshaping and bodyshaming can be found in the soft and catchy vocals of this song.
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