Cesare Marchese - Aether EP on Vakant

Words by: Hannah Briley
Posted: 14/6/11 11:12

You may well be more familiar with the name Cesare vs Disorder or his Live Act alter ego Queen Atom than Cesare Marchese itself. For his debut on Vakant however, the Sicilian producer releases under his real name for the first time. The reason behind the name change is a mystery but I would imagine it has something to do with his progression as a musician, perhaps a shedding of the 'disorder' to which the majority of his previous works suit with their dark, twisted variety of underground mimimalist and tech house make up. Over the last two years or so though that 'disorder' sound seems to have blossomed into what is now apparent on his Aether Ep on Vakant.  Delicate and shimmering touches appear, melodic and emotive pockets are rife and the whole Ep is perhaps a little more 'confident' sounding.

Opening with 'Aether' and its "doodooo" vocal that hypnotises, it instantly marks itself as the signature of the track. Although it vergers on a little too repetitive at times, I am ultimately "do-doooo'ing" around my kitchen days later so it's certainly done its job. Whilst the vocals loop, the music itself can't be accused of the same as fresh new elements jump teasingly in and out from start to finish. The vibrant whip of brush strokes, the cheeky misbehaving tambourine rhythms or the building sound of colossal rain drops smashing to their end; whatever the surprise, they are plentiful and imaginative, rounded off by a drum groove that holds them all in place.

Moving on to 'Ferni & Fefe fightin' and it's immediate bass line makes me want to say it's electro influenced, but, as disco sirens shoot and crisp raw hand claps thud, it takes on a genre all of its own before I know it. The track continues on its exploration of genre bending rules; elegant guitars lick, arresting house grooves swell and at half time a tinny drum section tips it even further into the groove. Just as the dance floor is coaxed into a deep and winding march, more guitar arrangements arrive and smugly bend our ears to attention once more.

What Cesare is achieving expertly with this Ep is the conquer of the dance floor and the appreciation of the home listener. Although the vocals are catchy and the kicks fiery, there's enough intrigue to command even more attention than just that of the floor. Each piece is riddled with little surprises that can only be fully appreciated outside of the club, yet their basic drum and rhythm sections are arresting enough to pound the circuit.

On the flip, 'Little Vakant' changes directions yet again with an indie rock melody and reverbed female vocal that almost verges on 'poppy'. The bass guitar's funky clipped edges coil through pitches before throwing you right back to experience their funk all over again. It's the second B-side that really grabs my attention though. 'Onirik-a' again plays with guitars, but this time in a theatrical and oriental fashion. Lightly plucked melodies drift over the distant thud of echoing gongs and the rippling silence that inevitably follows. Momentary brass swoons through and when all slung together in the tracks subtle break, I'm reminded of something Thievery Corporation of even Bonobo would write.

Whilst there's an abundant amount of dark 'Cesare vs Disorder' soundscapes popping up to say hello throughout the Ep, the turning point is the atmosphere in which they ricochet within. They are left to shine in all their moody glory against a background of concrete and percussive rhythms. They don't drown in minimal clicks and cuts or haul themselves wearily from a groggy basis as we may have expected. Instead, they are paraded proud and sensually amongst disco, thundering house and atmospheric indie. Something tells me that while some disorder may still lay dormant - Cesare Marchese is no longer fighting it as his 'versus' moniker once suggested.

Artist: Cesare Marchese
Title: Aether EP
Label: Vakant

Ferni & Fefe Fightin’
Little Vakant


Our Rating: 7,5/10
Cesare Marchese


Roberto Capuano
Politics Of Dancing
Ralph Lawson