The Venetian Book of the Dead: song-by-song notes by Kevin Hewick. 8.
Alessandro told me how when he was a kid the smell was in the air, and waste chemicals were pumped into the lagoon and it was filled with a black tar. Contaminated shellfish were still being caught and sold to the restaurants of Mestre and Venice and eaten by local and tourist alike..
There were 'Radioactive Women' too, infected by washing the work clothes of their menfolk.
I try to conclude the words back to the same protagonist as 'The Radioactive Man' as it dawns on him that the very livelihood that provides for his family is also killing them.
The sheer brilliance of Unfolk is evident in this extraordinary and unique track, it seems to be suspended in space. As I sang against it on the second session at Bienixarte I can honestly say I felt totally absorbed into the composition, it was one of the great musical experiences of my life.
Alessandro wanted to contrast the grim images of death and suffering with the pleasures of vinyl. He and Riccadro made a lovely musical box effect, in it's cyclical pattern it really is like the turntable turning around and around.
Though there are still traces of the darker themes - 'pour that molten vinyl over you and me' this is a moment of lighter if not light relief.
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