No Mindless Scroll is the Italian duo which include composer, producer and musician Carmelo Emanuele Patti and the violinist Isabel Gallego Lanau. According to the press release, their music creates different atmospheres and emotions through the sound of classical strings blended with the last elements of pop and electronic music.
Today we have the pleasure to premiere the official video of the new track “Corre” which shows the powerful, melancholic flow of the sound. They explain: “Corre, Spanish translation of the Italian corri, was born from the desire to overcome a compulsion, it is an exhortation to push towards imagination, fantasy and that desire to discover that makes us return to children. The strings merge with electronics making it almost impossible to define the boundaries of these two worlds, leaving free interpretation to the sounds that chase each other.”
Watch it below and check our talk with the duo about the new track, the concept of the soundscape, the first full-length and much more.
“Corre “ is your new track. What about the idea and the inspiration of the track and the video?
“Corre” means “run!” in Spanish. We wanted to express a sense of freedom, running away from life constraints. Everybody has experienced in the past few months what living without freedom to go wherever you want means. We have dealt with fear as well as gratitude. In this period we have found that a lot of people around us were feeling the same. By scrolling posts on social networks we were inspired from the amount of nature pictures and we felt the desire to escape through imagination, dreaming to run by the seashore or across a field, exploring nature like we used to do when we were kids, with the same spontaneity, far away from problems.
In the first part of the piece, where the slow beat suggests a kind of apathy, you can imagine a simple melody coming up later, expressing something simple and genuine as if it were related to our childhood. In the video you can find all these meanings clearly translated into the language of images by the director Angy de la Rosa. Moreover, the amazing places of the Dominican Republic were a perfect choice, as well as the kid with his desire to discover and live an adventure, even playing in an empty playground with closed carousels.
The concept of Soundscape seems to be relevant in your music, right? What is your idea of soundscape?
We are musical storytellers and we think of a narrative through sounds. We imagine a soundscape not only like an acoustic environment that we perceive, but also as the expression of emotions, and feelings. We unfold our stories through sounds. That is the reason why we also use electronics. Tone clouds, noises, drones or hisses are the perfect combination to the melodies played by the strings. When a sound recalls something in our minds, that means it is telling us a story. That is fascinating because that story could be different from one person to another. For us, definitely, soundscape is narration.
Are you working on your first full-lenght? Can you tell us something?
Yes we do. Last year we started to collect ideas and stories for our music. As our name suggests, we are also involved in finding inspiration through social networks, that we use to observe like a source of inspiration of stories. We come from classical music, which has an amazing history. It will be an album related to the past but also pointing to the present. We think that one way to connect people to our instruments and classical music is telling them musical stories.
How are you living these strange times and what are the main concerns as an artist?
Nowadays being an artist is really ambitious, especially seeing what is happening today where we face a crisis of values besides the economical crisis. Music is sacrifice. It’s a matter of choices and lifestyle, and not least a profession. Sometimes we forget it, but we have to strongly defend it. The problem is that the more we forget the past the more we loose the importance of culture. If we look at history we discover that, in different ways, it was more or less the same. We believe the key is building a memory of the past and making connections to the present with a look to the future. In this way we preserve the culture, we discover again the beauty of valuing the time and we give importance to music and art in general. As musicians we have experienced a kind of pessimism but we always think positive. The curiosity towards art, and the beauty that derives from it, is contagious and preserves us from the contraindications of our times.
Ritual question. What are the best releases you recently appreciated?
That is the hardest question. We listen to many different genres and kinds of music. We have particularly appreciated the latest Dardust’s release: S.A.D., because in addition to having collaborated and knowing the project from the beginning, we think it is a perfect example of what we explained before. His music is evocative, narrative and it has echoes of the past with a strong connection to what people are listening to nowadays.
We also have loved the latest work of John Adams and we are fond of classical music in general, cinematic music and electronic music, but we also get inspiration from “commercial” music.