Blue Willa is the debut album by the Italian art rock quartet bearing that same name.
Due for release in early 2013, the album is produced by Californian musician Carla Bozulich (Evangelista, The Geraldine Fibbers, Scarnella, Ethyl Meatplow), who directed the shaping, recording and mixing of every song. She also contributed singing and playing on many tracks. This happened in Italy, India and Paris during the spring of 2012.
The affinities between the band and Carla draw a dazing route that keeps drifting halfway through Pixies and Diamanda Galás, Kurt Weill and Iggy Pop. What we have here is a mashup of sweltering Mediterranean melodic heritage and hypnotic native American calls, soundscapes that could emerge from reveries by Edgar Allan Poe or Italo Calvino, eerie noises and animals, bells, gypsies and punks.
The band had been touring and recording for years under the name “Baby Blue”, but the time had come to change form. Thus the new name: Blue Willa. These new eleven songs are driven by Serena Alessandra Altavilla’s haunting vocals, which flutter and overlap with Mirko Maddaleno’s mournful singing and edgy guitar playing. This dizzy architecture is held together by the robust, althought sparse, rhythm scores by bass player Lorenzo Maffucci and drummer Graziano Ridolfo.
released 21 January 2013
Blue Willa is Serena Alessandra Altavilla, Mirko Maddaleno, Lorenzo Maffucci and Graziano Ridolfo.
These wonderful people also played and sang on the album: Carla Bozulich, Davide Cristiani, John Eichenseer, Pamela Maddaleno, Nicola Ruganti and an unknown horn blower from India.
Produced by Carla Bozulich. Recorded by Davide Cristiani and Carla Bozulich at Bombanella Soundscapes in Maranello, Italy, March-April 2012. Mixed by Carla Bozulich at Bombanella Soundscapes, in Dharamshala, India, and at Jitterbug Studio in Paris, France, May 2012. Pre-production engineered by Luca Magni in Ferrara, Italy, during summer 2011. Mastered by Giovanni Versari at La Maestà, Tredozio, Italy, June 2012. All songs published by A Buzz Supreme.