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Asa Nisi Masa

by Mana

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Shrive Alone 02:55
Dormi Bene 02:14
Pausa 02:50
Two Islands 03:25
I'm Not Here 02:55
Mania 03:32


'Asa Nisi Masa’ is a phrase that has no real meaning, from a scene from Fellini’s classic surreal autobiographical film 8 1/2. Appropriately, It’s also the name of the unscripted, gentle and introspective new LP from Italian artist Mana. Following his zig-zagging debut ‘Seven Steps Behind’ for Hyperdub in 2018, the new music was recorded from the end of 2019 to May 2020, mostly made in Quarantine.

The music here leans into the influences of late 70’s early 80’s Italian modern classical and film music and intersects with fourth world experiments of John Hassell and Sakamoto circa Async. As with his previous work, fm synthesis and the human voice are contorted into odd timbres, so often the listener cannot tell where one starts and finishes, however the lighter tone of 'Asa' leaves aside the foreboding darkness of his last album.

‘Asa’ seems to glide along in its own lane, a free running dream sequence of disassembling compositions, unstable, yet flowing, rich and earthy, managing to stay long enough in one zone to be rewarding and resonating with enough emotional bandwidth in its heart wrenching, romantic melodies to sidestep the po faced demeanour of much experimental composition drawing from modern classical.


released September 11, 2020

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Mana Piedmont, Italy

Mana is composer and producer Daniele Mana.
He was active under the name Vaghe Stelle until 2010.

He now records beautiful music under his own name Mana.

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