Available digitally from January 12 and accompanied on radio by the new single and video “I Ghiacciai”, “Lo Spazio, l'Egypt, Battiato”, produced by Alessandro Giovannini (White Rock Studio) for Gallia Music, the singer-songwriter's debut album Roman Mattia Rami, a collection of songs that blend poetic introspection with bold experimental sounds.
The entire album, with its diversity of tones and atmospheres, offers a deep immersion into the artist's soul. Through hymns of love and tributes to iconic figures such as Marilyn Monroe and Frida Kahlo, Mattia Rami tells stories of love and change woven into literary suggestions that transport the listener on a conceptual journey. “Lo Spazio, l'Egypt, Battiato” is characterized by its eccentricity, combining electronic elements, rock sounds, and poetic and musical quotations into a work that reflects the artist's essence with meditations on reading, love, loneliness, and searching. For one's identity amidst cosmic and internal devastation.
The album, expected in 2023, with the songs “Muoviti” and “Mare Mare”, will be accompanied on radio as of January 12 by the single and video clip “I Ghiacciai” directed by Alessandro Siccardi. A song about the urgent need for change that explains the basic concept of all Mattia Rami's music and research. In fact, the first album is like a birth because we are all called to be born. To be born ourselves, to be born again, for the first time; To find ourselves, to define our identity, beyond family and social conditioning, from open wounds and ugliness, beyond our endless daily death to which we are always doomed. “Open, let us open” is the categorical, joyful and loving imperative that life gives us when, in the end, it asks us to follow it. “Let us follow it gently, without reservations!”
“Space, Egypt, Batiatus” – tracklist
With Dr. Martens Blue
Like a dog
“Space, Egypt, Batiatus” – track after track
It is the single and video clip that accompanies the release of the album. It is a song that talks about the necessity of change, the collapsing world, and revolution. For the love that is in our hearts and in our veins, sometimes desperate, sometimes as clear as a beautiful song or like the sun, for the environment of the soul. Between global and internal collapses, towards revolution or resurrection.
With Dr. Martens Blue
A love song about the end of illusion and all illusions. Some thirty years, and the things that have been done and that still need to be done. The chorus begins with the trilogy “Lo Spazio, l'Egypt, Battiato” which then gives its name to the entire album. The song is perfectly sung to the mother of one of the girls the artist has loved in his life. The famous Dr. Martens, blue in this case, were the shoes in which he first saw this girl.
It has been proven that even a small movement of our body raises serotonin levels in the blood and releases endorphins that give great light to things that are cast in the shadow, and it seems that staying still is not a good solution at all. A “movement” born of the artist’s own experience, it is an autobiographical piece that revolves around the hidden saying of William James, one of the fathers of American and experimental psychology: “It is impossible to remain sad while showing symptoms of happiness.”
A piece of love history. History of stories. A tale of tales. Dedicated to Marilyn Monroe, the muse, the symbol of tortured, perfect, unattainable and painful love and love, the archetype of the angel launched to earth and forever broken in the arc of her intense tension towards something unattainable. And almost all of them, as is often the case and like many of the songs on the album, are built on a mixture of quotes, this time, all of them are basically inspired by and dedicated to reading a beautiful book of interviews conducted by Paola Maugeri, the historical face and voice of MTV and a well-known music journalist who acquired The artist as a gift from his sister.
The oldest piece on the album, one of the first things Mattia Rami wrote, is a true love song, conceived as a lyrical melody, sung at the window to the woman who was his first truly incredible, unforgettable love and consigned to “immortality”. It's quite a “heart” song, less cerebral and less intellectual.
A song that talks about the concept of reading. Reading in the broadest sense of the word: books, people, the world, and oneself. The first piece consists mainly of book titles seemingly randomly linked, simply placed next to each other mixed with the artist's musings. Like the fact that we often feel lonely, even though we're not. “Or we don't realize that to some people we are the sun.” And I think it's fundamentally bastard to know that. Ultimately, in order to at least remain innocent, not allow ourselves to be eaten by narcissism and not remain mere selfish monsters, the only way to maintain a small space of innocence is to maintain a minimum of unconsciousness, alienation from and from one's own beauty.
Like a dog
A piece written in the surroundings of a small solitude. It is not a hymn to unity, but rather the opposite. It was written in two minutes from start to finish with a voice note on a hospital night and the sound is hushed and monotonous. The artist then decided, in collaboration with producer Alessandro Giovannini and other friends and colleagues with whom it was arranged and produced, to leave this monotone in the sound, ecstatic like an indeterminate vapor, and color it a little in the music, with an atmosphere inspired by “Drive”, the famous Refn film With Ryan Gosling, and the refrain in which the artist experiences a true moment of transcendence.
Born as a tribute to the unforgettable Franco Battiato who also strongly influenced the Roman artist's lyrics, the song offers a musical experience full of literary quotations and profound reflections on our time. The song's chorus is actually an overt homage to the famous refrain “summer on a secluded beach” which combines with Mattea's lyrics, creating a unique atmosphere. The melody that seeks to draw inspiration from it, together with the verses that blend the maestro's words with the Romanian artist's feelings about the fragility of our time, create a union of feelings and reflections.
It's the craziest song ever. Mattia Rami's idea was to create a piece of art, a kraut rock for the soul. Really combines electronics with cheesy British rock in the vein of Thin Lizzy, even if it's quite Irish and there's nothing Irish here. “Those things with the big open guitars, the drums pounding on the snare. In short, something out of the ordinary.”
A dazed little poem sung by the moon and the soul. “The measure of my true personality, the closest thing I have ever written to myself and my soul.” The refrain is a quote from Montale, full of surreal images mixed with the very personal distortions of Mattia Rami and with the epic ending: “Life is the road with a T: there is no way out. So open, open, open, open!”.
This is the basic concept that sums up all of Mattea's music and research, and which concludes the journey narrated by this album. It's actually like birth, even the first album arrived so late, because we're all called to be born: from the moment we're born until we die, which is supposed to be a rebirth.
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