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EDITORS’ NOTES

Cristiano Crisci’s second album is an intricate mosaic of world music and club culture, fusing fragmentary beats, samples, and hooks into cohesive wholes. Spidery oud melodies, jazz piano, and glitch-pop become natural bedfellows on “Ode to the Pleiades”, while Afro-folk singer Bongeziwe Mabandla glides over “Nguwe”’s squelching synths and scattershot beats. It’s dense with ideas but never overwhelming, and even the relatively spacious “Hope” weaves a frenetic kora riff into drowsy R&B.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Cristiano Crisci’s second album is an intricate mosaic of world music and club culture, fusing fragmentary beats, samples, and hooks into cohesive wholes. Spidery oud melodies, jazz piano, and glitch-pop become natural bedfellows on “Ode to the Pleiades”, while Afro-folk singer Bongeziwe Mabandla glides over “Nguwe”’s squelching synths and scattershot beats. It’s dense with ideas but never overwhelming, and even the relatively spacious “Hope” weaves a frenetic kora riff into drowsy R&B.

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About Clap! Clap!

Coming from a background in jazz, where he sometimes worked under the alias Digi G'Alessio, Italian musician Cristiano Crisci made a transition into electronic music with the Clap! Clap! project around the beginning of the 2010s. Crisci's work as Clap! Clap! wove the influence of Chicago's footwork scene into a tapestry of West African percussion samples as well as frequent use of Crisci's own field recordings. Clap! Clap!'s 2013 debut EP, Gwidingwi Dema, and several singles were followed by a proper debut in 2014, with the eclectic Tayi Bebba on the Black Acre label. Crisci's profile expanded when he collaborated with iconic folk-rock songwriter Paul Simon on production for several tracks on Simon's 2016 album Stranger to Stranger. Sophomore album A Thousand Skies arrived in early 2017, finding the producer folding live instrumentation into the earthy samples that had come to define his style. ~ Fred Thomas

  • ORIGIN
    San Marcos, TX

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