Plaid “La parole 3”
London’s prized Experimental Electronic duo Plaid has created a remix of Vincenzo Ramaglia’s single ‘La parole 3’, which was released on the 14th of October via PEM Records and premiered on Soundwall. A household name to fans of IDM, the duo has previously collaborated with the industry legend Björk and created official remixes for Goldfrapp and The Irresistible Force, leading to a significant play count approaching 20 million streams on Spotify alone. Recently, the duo performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra and has gained extensive support from tastemaker publications Pitchfork, Red Bull, Resident Advisor, Exclaim!, PopMatters, Mixmag, Fact Magazine, CLASH Magazine, Attack Magazine, and Louder Than War, to name a few. Their music has been aired by NPR’s KCRW as well as BBC Radio 6’s Mary Anne Hobbs.
The original track appears on Vincenzo Ramaglia’s album La parole, which features vocals sung by the French songstress Laure Le Prunenec (who has been the lead singer of worldwide-acclaimed French band Igorrr). The re-imagined single follows well-known producer Alvo Noto’s recently released remix of Vincenzo’s ‘La parole 1’, adding to the growing list of remixes created by prominent artists such as μ-Ziq, Shigeto, Emika, and Venetian Snares. At this rate, it seems a remix album, comprised of a collection of major international electronic music acts, is in the air.
With an academic, orchestral, and humanistic background, Roman composer and electronic musician Vincenzo Ramaglia is a teacher of audiovisual language, the director of a film academy, and a writer (his first crime/thriller novel is coming soon). Ramaglia is currently active in what he calls PEM (Popular Experimental Music), often in collaboration with exponents of avant-garde music. In Ramaglia’s music the most restless and elusive rhythms of IDM can be traced, analog sequences composed on the machines all manipulated in real-time, handling the setup as a musical instrument, with echoes of Autechre, Arvo Pärt, Radiohead, and Sigur Rós. Ramaglia’s work has received support from PopMatters, CLASH Magazine, Son Of Marketing, Self-titled Magazine, Magnetic Magazine, Bandcamp Daily, Ondarock, Sentireascoltare, Rumore, and BBC Radio amongst others.
Since the late ‘80s, UK duo Plaid, comprised of Ed Handley and Andy Turner, established a presence as a monumental cornerstone for electronic music aficionados around the globe. They have worked under a number of aliases, including The Black Dog and Balil, composing music for video games and scoring several feature films, most notably Tekkonkinkreet, which was awarded the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. Their sound can be likened to Aphex Twin, Autechre, and Lapalux.
A collection of organic and synthetic tones, ‘La parole 3 (Plaid Remix)’ is a polyrhythmic remix of Vincenzo Ramaglia’s already glitch-riddled single. Metallic notes reverberate at the edges, glimmering like gold. Laure Le Prunenec’s stuttering vocal dances to tribal shakers, crying out while hollow drums lull listeners into a spellbound trance.
Plaid tells us about their remix: “We found a connection with Vincenzo’s music, Laure’s vocal, and ideas of words and language, which pulled us towards the sound and momentum of the remix.”