Potter Natalizia Zen 'Shut Your Eyes On The Way Out' LP Clear vinyl
Released 22.02.18, limited edition of 200 clear vinyl, as well as the standard black issue.
Colin Potter : "It has been a real pleasure to work with Alessio Natalizia & Guido Zen over the past few years. Although our backgrounds were different, there seemed to be a common shared understanding of electronic music that has resulted, in my humble opinion, in an album which manages to sound, simultaneously, like something from a past golden era, but at the same time contemporary. I find it hard to describe, but I'm very pleased with the end result."
This is what Boomkat says :
'Nurse With Wound’s Colin Potter hooks up with Alessio Natalizia (aka Not Waving) and Guido Zen(Vactrol Park, Brain Machine) for this new album for Ecstatic; a sublime trip by three highly skilled synthesists that comes highly recommended if you’re into Klaus Schulze, Vangelis, John Carpenter or Eduard Artemiev.
After stranding listeners in deep space with Schleißen 4 in 2015, Potter, Natalizia and Zen regroup along the percussive vectors of Shut Your Eyes On The Way Out - three years in the making and taking cues from Kosmische, abstract EBM and obscure library sounds for seductive new horizons of pulsing rhythms and floating ambient dub tones.
The trio control the mission with masterful skill and sleight of hand, prompting routes for the user rather than signposting the way with cliché. Of course, it’s hard to escape some sense of homage or reverence for the original forms, but they do so with such sensitivity to the material and “the journey” that the results simply transcends that heritage, to arrive somewhere, timelessly, out there.
They chart a steady course, slowly melting from cryogenic stasis to map out free floating space in Articulated, then holding their course despite the gravitational pull from massive objects in Rhythm Did Not Change, and under pressure of slow disco G-forces in the pulsing beauty of Linda, leading to the interception of panicked bleeps in Chaosmosis.
Over on the B-Side When Time Stops Moving the mission becomes very Tarkovsky-esque and surreal, with those lysergic drones really coming into their own, before the upside down tonal sculpting of Unsystematic Waves re-aligns the user’s brain functions in preparation for the stunning dynamic proprioception of Che Osmosi, where the route ahead becomes scrambled in a delirious tangle of nagging arpeggio melodies and pill-belly pulses, emulating pretty much how you’d feel, lost but happy to be zillions of light years from terra firma.'
Review from Norman Records : Alessio Natalizia (Not Waving, Walls), Colin Potter (Nurse With Wound, Monos) and Guido Zen (Vactrol Park, Gamers In Exile) reconvene for a second record, following up their 2015 ‘Schleißen 4’ album on Emotional Response.
‘Shut Your Eyes On The Way Out’ was apparently 3 years in the making and draws from a shared pot of influences, without strictly adhering to the templates of either. A technoid, sci-fi journey through krautrock, EBM, cosmic disco, ambient, kosmische and beyond. While not particularly sounding like any of those styles it somehow manages to connect the dots, utilizing their shared traits and remoulding them into their 21st-century vision of space/cosmic music. It’s possible to hear fragments of each artists character in there, but things never become overcrowded.
Despite the amount of gear they must have had to play with, it’s a very spacious sounding record, deploying machine sounds economically and efficiently for maximum zero gravity impact.