Four years after Persona and 2017’s 12” The Shape Of Trance To Come, Italian producer Lorenzo Senni announced the release of a new album. Scacco Matto is out on April 24th via Warp Records. According to the press release, ‘Scacco Matto’ is a continuation of Senni’s distinctive “pointillistic” style – where gated, taut sounds are arranged relentlessly as drumless rhythms and melody, which this time come in more song based structures. On this bold sonic statement, he takes the synthetic synapse manipulation of trance, but intentionally encourages short circuits, resulting in unexpected signal paths moving in different directions, and making new shapes.
He explains: “The title means ‘check mate’ in Italian, and there’s a constant ‘opponent’ within the tracks – like I was playing a chess game with myself. I was really trying to bring the music to a certain place and then switch advantageously to another approach. I wanted to see how far I could push the ideas I’ve been developing since ‘Quantum Jelly’ and in order to do that, I needed to force self-imposed limits and rules.”
“Discipline of Enthusiasm” is the first excerpt. Listen below.