‘Transition’ is the new studio album from experimental electronic producer Plaster. With less emphasis on complex sound design, Gianclaudio Hashem Moniri (aka Plaster) has taken a more minimal approach using only analogue gear and hardware in mostly live and improvised compositions. The result is a profoundly moving piece of industrial sonics, full of depth and emotion and a perfect soundtrack to the uncertain state we find ourselves in today.
Originally founded in 2008 by Giuseppe Carlini and Gianclaudio Hashem Moniri with the intention to blend their solo projects, Agan and Kaeba, the duo have released many critically acclaimed projects on labels such as Stroboscopic Artefacts, Touchin'Bass and Kvitnu. As well as playing live shows at experimental festivals across the world at events such as Dissonanze (Rome), Krake Festival (Berlin) and Rural Festival (Japan) they have further performed in many club and art events with their music being used for dance shows, 3D structural mappings, video games and short films.
In 2014 Giuseppe decided to leave the project for a personal break, therefore ‘Mainframe’, released by Kvitnu in 2015, was the first album with Gianclaudio as the sole member of Plaster. As the project continues as a solo venture Gianclaudio now delivers his latest sound adventure in the shape of ‘Transition’.
“This album comes from a different perspective of Plaster's past works in terms of emotions and sounds. My aim was to reduce the amount of complexity in order to maintain the tracks simple but effective. I wanted to be close to the people in daily life. Most of the tracks are pure improvisations using analog synths and hardware, there's no additional editing or post-production adopting the way of thinking ‘Less Is More’.”
Casting off with the all encompassing throb of ‘Casual Encounter’ Plaster places the listener in the heart of a mechanized womb as he builds industrial soundscapes into a warm blanket of sound. The evolving intensity of ‘The Climbers’ drags us into his new dystopian vision, which is then fully realized by the discordant pulse of ‘Disconnected Heart’. As we submerge ourselves even further, suffocating in the depths of his industrial wasteland, shards of light begin to emerge, most notably in the closing beauty of ‘Children On The Cliff.’ At times intense, blissful, challenging and hypnotic, ‘Transition’ exists in an electronic hinterland, where amongst the post-apocalyptic debris, new life begins.
01 Casual Encounter
02 The Climbers
03 Disconnected Heart
04 Unregistered Product
05 Imaginary Friend
06 Caress From The Unknown
07 The Last Goodbye
08 Children On The Cliff