Isolation has sharply slowed down the metronome of our days, so we stopped as if suspended in time to listen to what surrounds us – nature or the unusual silence of the cities, which left room for the perception of the tiny dimensions of the noise. Maybe, most of us have questioned personal choices and started reflections on ourselves, on our music notes and the melodies we have woven.
In the pentagrams of every day, my reflections have always paired with a good vinyl and a nice sip of wine – I cannot really imagine a world in mute. To do so, in the slowness of my quarantine of the countryside out of Rome, my thoughts have been taken the shape of Homogenic of thiswordly Bjork
“Sometimes, when I have a lot of ideas and I want to do a lot of things, or when I’m traveling, I lose energy and I can’t do as many things as I want. So I have to plan days when I’m not doing anything. I find that a bit boring, but it’s necessary”
The vinyl represents the search for a centre. It is the reactionto destroy the unbearable frenzy of everyday life and the way back to nature, embracing its rhythms and listening to its true sounds.
Indeed, with Homogenic Bjork goes back to the Icelandic nature, after a huge break-down in her career peak – just to mention she earlier collaborated with Mark Bell, Goldie, Howie B and Tricky.
In Homogenic we find nature, its music and rhythm, and on its vinyl you step on Icelandic steppe, in its grooves you get wet in the just-melted ice of glaciers (certainly, not the ones from global warming). The vinyl sampling comes from earths, geyser explosions, ice crackling, volcanos bubbling and eruptions, the winds going through fascinating yet lethal landscapes – this sort of sampling has literally driven crazy the sound engineer of Bjork working on Homogenic masterpiece.
“Nature hasn’t gone anywhere. It is all around us, all the planets, galaxies and so on. We are nothing in comparison”.
– so I have imagined Bjork sitting on one of those splendid hills, almost Tuscany-like, in which the Ninfa Garden is (yes, the most romantic garden in the world, according to the New York Times) . From there, you can listen to the calm of Grechetto di Todi vineyards and feel the invention of time.
Probably, Bjork would have given attention to one extra detail, one below all the perceivable sounds: the double fermentation of an entire ecosystem in a bottle, a dynamic equilibrium between yeasts, enzymes and sugars. That is what you can find in Nynpheancestral classic method sparkling wine of Donato Giangirolam.
Cuddled by Homogenic and inebriated by Nynphe, you are ready to go the an anterior state, ready for covid19 phase two.
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