Georgio ‘the Dove’ Valentino finds inspiration in the most uncommon places and stories, giving ways to a singular imaginary. The lengthy ‘Mille Plateaux’, released in 2014, was a fine confirmation that Valentino doesn’t really fit in a distinct genre nor that he cares about mainstream cultural rules. His latest 7" release, ‘Satyros Ironykos’ makes another stand-alone gem in his catalogue.
The single is a remarkable collaboration with David McClymont (of the Scottish post-punk band Orange Juice) that started as an online long-distance songwriting experiment. As a result, two short but dense songs were ultimately performed and produced in a Melbourne, Australia under the mastership of the well-known producer and musician Mick Harvey. Satyros Ironykos (Side A) has an intense melody and dark-flavored lyricism, conveying a bizarrely comfortable vulnerability of a timeless memory. Washed-Out World (Side B) belongs to a different melodic register and it’s filled with nostalgic traces of emotions and desire.
In addition to a great songwriting, ‘Satyros Ironykos’ benefits from a solid performing partnership with Patrizia F. on bass guitar, Dave Graney on 12-string guitar, David McClymont on synthesizer and bass, Clare Moore Drums on vibraphone and Mick Harvey on piano and organ, plus special contributions from Blaine L. Reininger on violin, and viola and Barclau on lap steel guitar. All in all, ‘Satyros Ironykos’ makes the sonic equivalent of black velvet: you may take it to joyful festivities but it goes well with dark celebrations.