Qlowski – Quale Futuro? [Maroon/Black Swirl Vinyl] – New LP
A study in contrasts, Italians moving down the cobblestone streets in the London fog, an almost dreamy beauty mixed with dark and unsettling elements, dream pop burned to a crisp in a batch of dark post-punk, the warmth of embrace and bloodletting, the hollow cold of emptiness and loneliness, anxiety as you sit alone at the edge of the bed, slivers of pleasure and uneasy urges, the heavy hand of nightmare holding you from fleeing, all the elements fused into one, a mattress with springs poking through, push down to build tension, movements from taut tension to release, put a coin in the vibrating machine and let the hum massage your mind while the barbed ends of the rusty springs tear into your skin. -- winch (green noise)
One. Simple. Direct. Question. Quale Futuro? What Future?
London based twee-punks Qlowski entered the studio in late January 2020, basically before everything. Crammed in a small studio room in Tottenham Hale with producer Lindsay A. Corstorphine (Sauna Youth, Cold Pumas, Middex) they created a striking, full blown manifesto, where their early post-punk nuances are heightened by an extremely poetic and compelling vision that encapsulates words, imagery and noise. Propulsive rhythms, a modern spin on kiwi-pop and a weird combination of dark punk, noise rock and flower pop are still the foundation of their sound but it’s the combination of bandleaders Mickey and Cecilia’s voices that creates an eerie effortless sense of familiarity. It’s no wonder they’ve known each other since they were young kids. ‘A Woman’ shines bright with Cecilia’s intimate and prismatic approach that unites fierce punk delivery with the ethereal vocal melodramas produced by Joe Meek in the 60s. Mikey’s howl is confrontational and direct, moving from the motto-induced style of Italian new wave art-punks CCCP on ‘Lentil Soup’ to a deep commanding calm steadiness on ‘Lotta Continua’ and frenetic frenzy on ‘To Be True’. The stabilizing presence of Danny and Christian’s rhythm section has freed the band to develop and expand furious kraut-punk assaults like on deep cut ‘The Wanderer’. Les Miserable from London punks Italia 90 lends his snarl on the sci-fi 50s tinged romantic closer ‘In A Cab To Work’. Ferocity, heart, art and conviction travel together on Quale Futuro?, placing Qlowski in that beautiful lineage of bands trying to escape the masculine showmanship of borderline rock’n’roll and outsider punk. Martin Newell, Television Personalities, Half Japanese, The Raincoats, The Clean, Killing Joke, Aussie Punk. Music narrating life through all the artistic forms. If concrete-punk was just a fun label thrown around to define Qlowski in the early days, now it has become a calling, a statement defining their future.