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The DARKEST part of us: dark ambient artist PETROLIO shares atmopsheric playlist of inspirations

Photos by Enrico Cerrato
Club Atletico, the new EP by dark ambient / experimental artist PETROLIO is named after one of the detention centres established by the Argentine dictatorial regime in order to torture political dissenters. Club Atletico is the result of the artist’s intimate research in the field of imprisonment. Inspired by the movies of Marco Bechis about the Argentine dictatorship, the EP translates the tragedy of the Dirty War onto the sonic perspective.

Each track was composed using a mix of digital and analog equipment. In Club Atletico, the musical flow is spontaneously generated through experimentations on new analog and virtual samplers, which aim to create dark and evocative atmospheres. The compositions are set to be enriched by vocal lines in the future. To this extent the artist states: “my need to also deliver a message will be moulded in the future, through the addition of lyrics”.

The video for El Silencio (watch below) is directed by Petrolio using images and frames from a home video by BlackRoseTheMiss.

The artist already has a number of high-profile collaborations under his belt with the likes of Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten), Aidan Baker (Nadja), as well as many well-known artists from the Italian noise/industrial/experimental scene such as Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo (Almagest!, Blind Cave Salamander, Coypu, Larsen, XXL), Sigillum S, Stefania Pedretti (OvO, ?Alos) and Mai Mai Mai.

𝐷𝑎𝑟𝑘𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑑𝑒𝑒𝑝𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑚𝑒𝑎𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑎𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑎𝑟𝑘𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑢𝑠.

“The playlist title refers to this idea and encloses tracks from the artists who have marked me and filled in my interior shadows.” – says PETROLIO.

“I’m a “slow” listener, I take time to absorb an album: it is important to listen to something remarkable.”

“For this new release, Club Atletico, I didn’t create a playlist representing the artists I’m inspired by, who are various and from different music genres (from experimental to techno and EBM); this playlist talks about Petrolio’s emotional world.”

“Starting from Ulver, this project has followed a coherent path of research and evolution which is a rare example: from “Teachings in SIlence”, dark EP with low keys to “Perdition City” which is a cornerstone in Petrolio’s artistic development.”

𝑃𝑒𝑡𝑟𝑜𝑙𝑖𝑜 𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑖𝑐 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑗𝑒𝑐𝑡 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑡𝑦: 𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑣𝑜𝑙𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑤 𝑜𝑓 𝑙𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡𝑠, 𝑠𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑜𝑠 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑖𝑠 𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑙𝑦 𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑗𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑛𝑒𝑦.

“Therefore, in this playlist, you will find also tracks from Mogwai, Ben Frost and Jon Hopkins, artists who can create itinerant and kinematic atmospheres. Ben Frost specifically, is one of my favourite artists: I’m inspired and fascinated by his music from both technical and artistic perspectives.”

“My latest works are focused on the evocative atmospheres that have been mentioned earlier: I’m currently working on compositions for theatre performances whose keys are mainly ambient and subtle, but I might go back to noise experimentations with an interactive show. It is something that I’m thinking about for a long time but, like any other work from Petrolio, it should be carefully thought out and designed because it should be “the right mix” that makes the show an experience for both the artist and the audience. This is my playlist and I hope it will lead you on a pleasant inner journey.”

Petrolio by Enrico Cerrato

Petrolio by Enrico Cerrato

Petrolio is a solo project started in 2015 by Enrico Cerrato. Over the past few years the artist released a number of singles, EPs and albums, touring all across Europe and sharing the stage with the likes of Lingua Ignota, Of the Wand & the Moon, Winterkälte, Uochi Toki, Bologna Violenta, Mai Mai Mai and Pankow to name but a few.

By 2018 the Piedmont-based artist already had a number of high-profile collaborations under his belt with the likes of Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten), Aidan Baker (Nadja), as well as many well-known artists from the Italian noise/industrial/experimental scene such as Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo (Almagest!, Blind Cave Salamander, Coypu, Larsen, XXL), Sigillum S, Stefania Pedretti (OvO, ?Alos) and Mai Mai Mai. He also curated a number of compositions designed for contemporary theatre shows such as Angela Teodorowsky’s Intramoenia and a new interactive show, which will debut in 2021. The artist worked for the movies as well by creating the soundtracks of The Tale Of The Idiot by Seth Morley and Film Fantasma (Episodio 5: Respira) by Gabriele Di Benedetto “Akab” produced by Carboluce.

Depths Records is a London-based femme-run record label established in June 2019 and focused on post-punk, darkwave, industrial, electro tunes and any kind of experimental sound with an obscure undertone. So far Depths have released the 7″ “Elizabeth” for post-punk duo Kill Your Boyfriend, featuring a Remix by Preoccupations‘s guitarist Danny Christ as a B-side, a digital EP for industrial duo Spectrograph and they’re currently working on Petrolio’s “Club Atletico” as well as on new signings.

The DARKEST part of us: dark ambient artist PETROLIO shares atmopsheric playlist of inspirations
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