Intimate Immensity (3rd Repress - White vinyl)
The last, outstanding release of the London based experimental duo (Tom Relleen and Valentina Magaletti), accomplished just before Toms passing in August 2020, is the distillate of two years of new creative enhancement.
Mostly recorded at Toms Bunker as he called his house in London during the days off from live performances and challenging collaborations throughout the world, Intimate Immensity collects ten intense tracks that outline a breath-taking epiphanic journey revisiting the multifaceted worlds explored by the band in seven years of non-stop and mostly live activity.
The wonderful blue artwork especially created by the acclaimed artists Icinori is a perfect match with the gist of Tomagas aesthetics of intimacy that is well expressed by a few lines in the gatefold:
I just found an interesting book by Gaston Bachelard called The Poetics of Space, with chapters on house as universe, nests, shells, intimate immensity, the phenomenology of roundness... I think it ties in with our feelings about bunkers and the urge to partition the universe to create our own spaces, vs cleansing or colonising the everyday to make it empty of anyone else's taste. I think Tomaga tracks with their individual micro worlds are a bit like that
" in this way Relleen introduces us into Tomagas pulsing universe where space and meaning, articulated by sound, acquire breath and character as an expressive place where you can feel at home.