Vinyl Pressing Review

Estasy


Wild Songs


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 07.04.2013

Estasy is the brainchild of Italian musician Emiliano Maggi. This was a challenging review from a pressing standpoint, because the production and mastering featured a lot of ambient field recordings floating in the background of the mix. Everything from howling wolves to the gentle whirr of wind scatters the sonic landscape of this LP. All of this surrounds Maggi's singular, haunting soprano to culminate into a decidedly unusual release.



Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:

8.00

When you initially drop the needle on this record, you will immediately grab the jacket to double check that you're playing it at the correct speed. Fret not, this record is meant to be spun at 33 1/3 RPM. Remarkably, the reviews I have read contend that the vocals found here are largely unaltered. The production is marked by lo-fidelity field recordings that augment Maggi's vocals to create a distinct listening experience. The songs are built upon sparse, traditional folk structures.
 

Pressing Quality:

9.00

The first 150 copies of this limited-edition (1,000 total) pressing were released on beautiful, marbled white and gold vinyl. It's a sturdy, durable pressing. No noticeable warping or weaving is present. The volume remains consistent throughout. The pressing falls somewhere between great and excellent.
 

Vinyl Noise:

8.50

As mentioned earlier, there is plenty of ambient noise on this release, but near as I can tell this is all intentional. The LP is remiss of any noticeable static or popping. No skips. As much as a casual listener may disagree, this is a remarkably crisp and clear pressing.
 

Overall Artwork:

8.00

The cover art is a photograph by Caterina Nelli, which features a lone individual wandering into the snowy woods sporting a black, hooded cape. It fits the haunted feel of the music within. The album title is printed in embossed, gold lettering. The white, paper sleeve is standard issue without any additional artwork to speak of aside from the beautiful LP itself.
 

Overall Extras:

7.50

The album includes a digital download. Our copy featured the white and gold marbled vinyl. Acephale released another 350 copies on white vinyl, with the remainder of the initial 1,000 LPs pressed in black. No additional artwork or lyric sheet included.


Reviewed By:
Rob Peoni

I'm a longtime music junkie who began collecting vinyl around three years ago. I have around 300 titles that span a broad variety of genres. I tend to gravitate toward...

Rob has reviewed 48 other Records.

 

Total Score

: 4.10

 


Info

Label: Acephale
Release Year: 2012
Purchase Price: 15.00
Pressing Company: unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: unknown
Color: gold/white marbled vinyl
Gatefold: No
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:
paper
 







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