is a duo of musicians hailing from Bergamo, Italy presenting their second work after the debut ‘Hypermetabolism’ EP out earlier this year on the US label TAR. Coming with an album cover by the Italian visual artist eurasiandesert instagram.com/eurasiandesert/
and an official two-sided A5 300 gr. cardboard artwork print, the 4-tracker 'Armor' EP is a coherent, eventful episode of knife-edge post-club hybridization, a treasury of outstanding sound design skills, vicious bass handling, and rhythmical obsessivity.
The centerpiece of their work is extensive vocal manipulation, employing voice chops with the role of primary composition tools within the multi-faceted pieces rich in heavy kick drums, snappy percussions, and gurgling vibrations. Drawing influence from contemporary electronic genres as well as free-form experimental music, the EP is closed by a trancey, grandiose rework of the opening track Yerro curated by the influential artist Galen Tipton (she/they) soundcloud.com/galentipton
, and a somber, pitch-black remix by Italian-based composer and producer SHE/MACHINE (she/her) soundcloud.com/shevsmachine
With ‘Armor’, CupoCupo hand out explosions of shattered sounds cramming themselves in turbulent flows of energy, where self-perception is challenged, strength is tested, and certainties are dismantled. Sealed lips utter red-hot rants oscillating from burning outbursts of chaos to sudden clarity. Tragic voices sing penetrating ballads for wandering bodies, waiting for their destiny to manifest and vehemently start opposing it. Light comes with darkness, and anything can be worth struggling for. CupoCupo’s outings are nothing but heartfelt testimony that brighter times are yet to come. Or not.
releases December 3, 2021
01-04: Produced and mixed by CupoCupo. 05-06 remixed by Galent Tipton and SHE/MACHINE, respectively. Mastering by Wim Dehaen soundcloud.com/wimdehaen
. Artwork by eurasiandesert.