Jennifer Gentle / The Midnight Room - SP738
Two years after the release of Jennifer Gentle’s critically acclaimed Sub Pop debut Valende, the Italian psychedelic avant-pop explorers are back with The Midnight Room. And, while the band is five members strong when they play live, with the recent departure of drummer Alessio Gastaldello, the recorded Jennifer Gentle is now solely the project of founder and songwriter Marco Fasolo. Marco wrote, performed and produced the entire new album alone in his Ectoplasmic Studio, a rambling old house lost in the foggy plains of Northern Italy, infamous for its previous owner’s suicide by rifle.
And, perhaps fittingly, the new record pulses with a nocturnal, feverish, hallucinatory emotional atmosphere, making for a truly unique aural experience. Informed by a deep love for American ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll and European musicians like Nino Rota and Kurt Weill, The Midnight Room is by far the most personal Jennifer Gentle album to date. Focusing on the possibilities of the quintessential rock combo (two guitars, bass and drums) and enriched by swirling keyboard touches, Marco created an album that feels like music from some forgotten amusement park at midnight. Evoking bizarre, otherworldly images of gas-lit street corners, abandoned theatres, labyrinthine corridors, The Midnight Room marries the intensity of primitive rock ‘n’ roll with a renewed taste for a certain kind of typically Italian melody—albeit deconstructed, shattered and broken into tiny little bits. Think of Link Wray, Krysztof Komeda and Federico Fellini rolled into one short, dense, cryptic tour de force. And then think again.
Released: June 19, 2007
Jennifer Gentle / A New Astronomy - RS-ASP13
Jennifer Gentle – A New Astronomy
Released: February 26, 2007
Jennifer Gentle / Sacramento Sessions 5 of 3 - RS-ASP03
This is a very limited LP released by A Silent Place records; there were only 500 copies pressed, and we have much less than that. It is a live recording of a piece that they all composed and played on Davis California’s KDVS radio station. It is pressed on pinkish red vinyl and has a super slick gatefold sleeve along with some really freaky sounds.
Released: January 23, 2007
Jennifer Gentle / Valende - SP658
Hailing from Padova, Italy, Jennifer Gentle is not a girl. Jennifer Gentle is, in fact, a band made up of singer/guitarist Marco Fasolo and drummer Alessio Gastaldello (joined by various accomplices when they play live). Valende is their third full-length, and first for Sub Pop (their first two albums, I Am You Are and Funny Creatures Lane were released individually on Italy’s Sillyboy Entertainment, and together as a double CD under the name Ectoplasmic Garden Party by Australia’s Lexicon Devil label). The record was, like its predecessors, home-recorded by Marco and Alessio and it’s a psych pop charmer, drawing on the band’s own brand of musical dementia: an almost impossible-to-describe melting pot of whacked experimentation, deep fried eccentricity and acoustic beauty, drawing judiciously on the band’s long-term fascination with Syd Barrett, 13th Floor Elevators, and Joe Meek production techniques. Jennifer Gentle is also the first Italian band Sub Pop has ever signed (such is our deep affection for the band). But, again, Jennifer Gentle is not a girl.
Released: January 25, 2005
A live record with Jennifer Gentle and Kawabata Makoto from Acid Mothers Temple.
1. Bring Them – 14:29
2. Man From Mu – 5:50
3. Couple in bed by a green flashing light – 12:46
Released: November 1, 2004