Francesca Naibo: So Much Time LP
Solo improvised guitar from French avant-garde guitarist Francesca Naibo.
So much time” is the second solo release by Francesca Naibo and comes two years after her debut album“Namatoulee” (Aut Records). This timeframe that separates the two records coincided with the pandemic period and so with a moment of deep personal reflection and artistic evolution of the musician.
Francesca Naibo looked at her past and her evolution in time and this lead her to rescue old tapes she recorded at home with a cheap recorder when she was around 8 years old. In this way she could listen again to her voice, understand its sonic and personal essence and enter in contact and dialogue with it after almost 25 years.
“So much time” is therefore a work about time: an impossible time that permits a dialogue between the child and the adult, a distant time of faded memories that emerge from memory, a time that flows with different speeds, a compressed and dilated time in our lives, a time that comes back in phases, a layered time of experiences and events.
The common presence of this theme is clearly visible in the tracklist: every piece has indeed a subtitle that specifies the typology of time the music is impregnated.
Musically the work is based on improvisations realized in the recording studio. They were inspired to the thoughts and reflections on the theme of time and had a strong basis on the sonic features of the tapes used. These had been patiently selected before the recording days, in order to enter the studio with many tape fragments to juxtapose,superimpose, counterpose to music. In this way some of them introduce the tracks (like a sort of verbal comment), some others appear in the middle of instrumental passages, some others constitute a second instrument the guitar sets up a dialogue with.
Dialogue, mutual listening and contrast draw a relationship between the three voices present in the album: the child voice, the adult voice and the guitar voice. These three entities don't always act simultaneously in the tracks but they are alternated during the narrative of “So much time”. In side A we even listen to a dialogue only between the child and the guitar, sometimes only to the guitar but the echo of the voice from the past still resonates despite its physical absence. In side B the three voices alternate themselves through the tracks and bring the dialogue to its maximum complexity. Their intangible signs are present everywhere, thanks to an approach to sound by the musician that has been strongly influenced by her recent practice and study of Deep Listening (a listening method invented and promoted by composer Pauline Oliveros).
Time is expressed also in the format of this album, because it will be printed on vinyl. Inside this material are hidden traces of the past derived from the tapes and traces of the present derived from digital audio. They will be impressed on an object that has never been part of the musician's childhood but it possesses a symbolism in its form and his movement that are strictly connected to the slow and continuous passing of time.
Francesca Naibo uses an archtop guitar, various objects (so-called “preparations”), effects (delay, fuzz, sound retainer, ring modulator) and her voice.
The musician comes from the world of classical music and this has a strong echo in the intense research for a mixture of the acoustic and electric sound of her instrument. Francesca deeply investigates sound with the purpose of going beyond the limits of the traditional instrument (hence the use of objects, noises, but also unusual tunings, that allow an expansion of the register), but at the same time trying to maintain her fingers solidly on a timber quality that is typically guitaristic.
The album comes with engaging graphics by Atharwa Deshingkar that includes the texts and photos of the artist as a kid and adult. It is available in vinyl and digital format on the Bandcamp pages of Francesca Naibo and Ramble Records.'