ABOUT THIS ITEM
Kompakt continue to embrace fusion of the rock / dance divide paved on the label by the likes of The Field with one of the most exciting new bands to emerge in the past year; Walls (Sam Willis from Allez Allez and Alessio Natalizia of Banjo Or Freakout). Originally from Manchester, but based in London since 1996, Willis has long been an admirer of the Cologne sound, instilling his productions with the euphoric, pop sensibilities and deep grooves that are a Kompakt hallmark. Natalizia hails from Vasto, Italy but relocated to London in 2008 to pursue his musical dreams - driven by the wild guitar of This Heat and propulsive rhythms of Can as well as Burial's inner city atmospherics and soul. After hooking up in the studio, the pair quickly realized that the natural combination of Alessio’s and guitar play and haunting vocals together with Willis’ emotive synth lines and sample manipulation magic was a match made in heaven. Already friends of the Kompakt label, the duo created this debut album for them in double quick time. Take “Hang Four” where the slo-mo techno rhythm finds an easy bond with Allessio’s lush guitar picking. “Cylopean Remains” immediately conjure the potentials of a jam between Animal Collective and Boards Of Canada – rolling beauty combined with epic strangeness to the most cerebral degree. Destined to be one of Kompakt’s most unparalleled releases in the label's history, Walls have a lack of concern for the boundaries of genre distinction, but easily fit uniquely between the classic 'sound of Kompakt' and the bliss of "Pop Ambient".