After eight years they are back, Ophiuco have released their first single “Pneumatic Psycho Bodhidharma” from their forthcoming Hybrid LP. The full 11-track LP will be released internationally on December 11 by Seahorse Recordings and distributed by Audioglobe. The forthcoming Hybrid LP pays homage to such classic trip hop sounds, blending in elements from a handful of other genres.
The tracks mix trip hop with electronica and other genres. Core members are Marino “Malima” Peiretti (guitar), Paolo “Ezua” Zangara (bass) and Ilaria “Ali” Nicolini (vocals). The new songs also feature vocals from Luca Morselli, Irene Parabita and Nathalie Rosemarie Carlesso (Tin Toys, Little Creatures).
Peiretti and Zangara arrived at Ophiuco from yet another project,as previous members of drum & bass band IK14. With that project, they played at some of the most popular Italian and European festivals, alongside such bands as Apollo 440, Kruder & Dorfmeister, and Nine Inch Nails. Together, Ophiuco, create a fluctuating musical cocktail of Bristol-style trip hop with plenty of hidden elements from other genres, such as electro, jazz, dub and rock.
A statement issued by the band reads: “We are individuals determined by history. We are those who wish to express themselves outside of any genres or schemes, and without boundaries, even though you may become wedged into some genre in the end”.
Their music is driven by new emotions, intensity and experimentation with respect to new sound scenarios. “Hybrid… Sound as wings… Sound as tongues… Sound as flames… Sound as motivation” echo the lyrics from their first single from this EP “Pneumatic Psycho Bodhidharma”. Certainly individual songs drift away similarly to the sounds forged by Massive Attack or Bark Psychosis.
Since releasing ‘Hypno Queue’, the band members have enjoyed many solo performances and new experiences and finally, they have come together again to run through what they describe as “open valleys threatened by dark omens”. “There is no finish line, no limitations and no expectations,” they explain.
Ophiuco ‘Hybrid’ was recorded in Varese, Lombardy (between Milan and the Swiss border) by band members Peiretti and Zangara, and mastered in Viterbo (near Rome) by Paolo Messere of Blessed Child Opera.
3. Pneumatic Psycho Bodhidharma
6. Stress is a Killer
7. Scrowls of Intentiones
9. Out of the Window
10. Transitional Eyes
11. Game Machine