Silently. Quietly. Going Away

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And now what, should I quit playing? This is what Adele Nigro, now 21 years old, puzzled over an year ago, trying to deal with a past that just went off with her old band (The Lovecats) and with a future still to be written. But, as it happens in happy endings, Adele doesn’t quit and raises the stake, booking some gigs on her own, with her acoustic guitar and new songs she had in her mind. This is how Any Other is born: it’s getting back into the game, it’s working on the songs that we will find in the upcoming album “Silently. Quietly. Going Away”. Ten songs that tell us who Adele is, what happens to her, what she does and doesn’t like, what she listens to and what she can do with a guitar in her hands.

The opening “Something” becomes the ideal bridge between what once was and what is now, to enter in a world made of guitars and and poetry, with an indie rock attitude that brings us to the 90’s of Modest Mouse and Built to Spill, but also to contemporary songwriters like Waxahatchee. A 40 minutes length album with Adele’s voice painting differently coloured stories, that tell us about difficult separations (“Gladly Farewell”), or imaginative landscapes due to studying Coleridge’s poetry (“Blue Moon”). Adele is talented, sensitive, and she has an incredible determination for just being turned twenty-one: these are very precious gifts, that make her see the world as it really is, and also handle it. Songs like “His Era” or “365 days”, even if a little melancholy, never lose their openness; we can say the same when she has a talk with her own common-sense (“Roger Roger, Commander”), in the most delicate moments too (“I will try to keep the guilt separated from my temptation of blaming it all on me” from “5.47 p.m.”). But now Adele isn’t alone anymore: song after song, arrangement after arrangement, Erica Lonardi (now nineteen-year-old), on drums, and Marco Giudici, on bass (but also on synth on “Teenage”), became essential parts of Any Other, now able to make the most of dynamics and themes, also of the only love song of the album, “Sonnet #4”. The final track is “To The Kino, Again”, supported by an excited arrangement of bass and drums that suddenly slows down, calms down, and finally raises on the mantra that gives the name to this debut album.

Two intense days to record everything in Ravenna and a little more time to mix the album in Milan, and then Andrea Suriani’s mastering: the outcome is here and has something incredible, if we think about how young Any Other are and the great autonomy they made the LP through – and this proves that keeping playing has been the best choice. The brand new label Bello Records is releasing “Silently. Quietly. Going Away” on sep. 18th. And now, we just have to wait with confidence; until then, Adele will keep putting together the pieces of the puzzle that one year ago looked like an operation of titanic proportions, a puzzle that, thanks to Erica and Marco, now composes a beautiful picture.

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E adesso cosa faccio, smetto di suonare? Questo si dev'essere chiesta un po' spaesata la ventunenne Adele Nigro un anno fa, provando a mettere insieme il puzzle di un passato prossimo appena imploso con le Lovecats e un futuro tutto da scrivere. E invece, come nelle storie che vanno a finire bene, Adele non smette di suonare, alza la posta in gioco e comincia a trovarsi delle date da sola, portandosi in giro la chitarra acustica e alcuni pezzi nuovi che le giravano in testa. Nasce così il progetto Any Other: parte dal rimettersi in gioco, dal piazzare al centro le proprie canzoni ritrovandosi un anno dopo con un disco in uscita, “Silently. Quietly. Going Away”. Dieci brani che raccontano chi è Adele, cosa le succede, cosa le piace e cosa no, cosa ascolta e cosa sa fare con una chitarra in mano.
Così l’iniziale “Something” diventa il ponte ideale tra quello che era e quello che è adesso, da cui partire per entrare in un mondo fatto di chitarre e piccola poesia, un indierock che sfiora il college delle origini - quello caro ai Modest Mouse, ai Built To Spill, a Waxahatchee - cantato con la sfacciata sicurezza che ricorda la giovane Alanis Morrissette. Un disco che scorre con assoluto piacere per quaranta minuti, con la voce di Adele a dipingere storie dalle tonalità diversissime, che parlano di distacchi difficili (“Gladly Farewell”), o di paesaggi immaginifici suscitati dallo studio della poesia di Coleridge (“Blue Moon”). Perché Adele ha talento, sensibilità ed una incredibile solidità per i suoi ventuno anni appena compiuti: doni preziosissimi, che permettono di cominciare a vedere il mondo per quello che è davvero ma di non farsi comunque prendere troppo male: così canzoni come “His Era” o “365 Days”, pur percorse da un filo di malinconia, non perdono mai la loro freschezza. E lo stesso vale per le chiacchiere con la propria parte razionale (“Roger Roger, Commander”), anche nei momenti più complicati (“I will try to keep the guilt separated from my temptation of blaming it all on me” in “5.47 p.m.”). Ma qui non c'è solo Adele: canzone dopo canzone, arrangiamento dopo arrangiamento, i giovanissimi Erica Lonardi (non ancora ventenne) e Marco Giudici sono diventati parte imprescindibile degli Any Other, ormai un trio a tutti gli effetti, capace di offrire soluzioni diverse andando oltre il classico pattern chitarra-basso-batteria (come in “Teenage”, in cui Marco suona anche il synth), o dando respiro a ogni dinamica e a ogni tema, compresa l'unica canzone d'amore dell'album, “Sonnet #4”. Si finisce con “To The Kino, Again”, appoggiata su una base di basso e batteria molto serrata che di colpo rallenta, si calma, per poi crescere ancora sul mantra finale, lo stesso che dà il titolo a questo esordio.
Due giorni intensi per registrare tutto, a Ravenna, un po' di tempo in più per mixare il disco a Milano e poi il master di Andrea Suriani (I Cani, Capra, My Awesome Mixtape): il risultato è qui e ha dell’incredibile, se si pensa alla loro giovane età e alla grande autonomia con cui i ragazzi hanno realizzato il disco, a dimostrazione che aver continuato a suonare alla fine è stata una scelta felice. Così felice da essere avvallata dalla nuovissima Bello Records che pubblicherà “Silently. Quietly. Going Away” a settembre. Non resta che aspettare fiduciosi; fino ad allora Adele continuerà quel puzzle che oltre un anno fa sembrava un'impresa titanica e che, anche con l'aiuto di Erica e Marco, finalmente ha preso la sua bellissima forma.

credits

released September 18, 2015

All songs written by Adele Nigro except “To The Kino, Again” (music by Adele Nigro and Edoardo Calcutta, lyrics by Adele Nigro)

All songs arranged by Any Other

Recorded by Andrea Scardovi at Duna Studio, Ravenna.
Mixed by Marco Giudici and Niccolò Fornabaio at Noise Factory, Milano.
Mastered by Andrea Suriani at Alpha Dept. Studio, Bologna.

Produced by Any Other and Bello Records.

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Tutti i brani scritti da Adele Nigro, eccetto “To The Kino, Again” (musica di Adele Nigro ed Edoardo Calcutta, testo di Adele Nigro).

Registrato da Andrea Scardovi al Duna Studio di Ravenna.
Mixato da Marco Giudici e Niccolò Fornabaio al Noise Factory di Milano.
Masterizzato da Andrea Suriani all'Alpha dept. Studio di Bologna.

Prodotto da Any Other e Bello Records.

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Track Name: Something
My head, my poor head
Well, it had a direction but the way has changed
On-going, reborn
With the safeness in the city or the hug of a hun
Not dead, but it's gone
Like the widows going crazy for the men they have adored
But frantic, tensely
In a state of agitation with the anger at a clog
At a clog
Polite with sadness
So I gotta go to college or my mother’s getting sick
Say no to madness
If you wanna steal the vegetables you better get 'em quick
No, no surrender
Though now everyone is dying I will give myself a chance
This precious tension
I will show I’m not a failure, I will meet you in the end
In the end
I'm waiting
This burden will pass
I know now
I'm not interested anymore
In feeling bad
Good disposition
Everyday I put aside a little time for my own sake
Preserving my head
Now I got a kind of balance I will keep it like it takes
Stop thinking backwards
If I’m anchored to these worries how to get free from this weight?
Of course I mean it
I don’t want a bunch of problems, only rest another day
Another day
I'm waiting
This burden will pass
I know now
I'm not interested anymore
In feeling bad
I’m looking for the time
When we all could live
Without our mothers’ love
And standing
On my own two feet
For the very very first time
I'm waiting
This burden will pass
I know now
I'm not interested anymore
I'm not interested anymore
I say that I'm not interested anymore
In feeling bad
Track Name: Blue Moon
Feeling
Like a
Blue
Falling moon

I am
Falling
On a white
White mountain

Goats on
The mountain
The moon is white
And it's sinking

Precious blue
Stones on my
Body
They are shining

These are
Homesick
People, there
On the ground

Coming
From
The selfish
Cities

See them
Spreading
The most
Beautiful whispers

Glossy, softly
Warm and
Fair
Track Name: Gladly Farewell
This, the time to restart
This, the time to break up
I will likely change my mind
The time to surrender
Is overcome

Miss my mother, my friends
Miss, I miss all of them
But I'm glad I got away
Far from some people
I couldn't stand

There's a stopper in my throat
(Scared of everything)
It'll possibly explode
(With this consequence)
Now it's gone and things get out
(Can go everywhere)
Worried but I'm working out
(Gladly farewell)

Fist, it's almost undone
Bliss, it's almost begun
What is gone I won't forget
All of these memories
Stuck in my head

There's a stopper in my throat
(Scared of everything)
It'll possibly explode
(With this consequence)
Now it's gone and things get out
(Can go everywhere)
Worried but I'm working out
(Gladly farewell)

Faces passing by in this town
I don't even feel that lost
Cook my lunch and go to bed
That's the way I wanna stay

I have to grow up
I really have to
Though I don't know how to make it
And I see myself like I'm a child
I'm a child again
I’m a child again
Track Name: His Era
Fine,
Be either faceless or a
Wight
In either case you’ll be
Uptight
So you might
Face up to the era

A normal breakdown in your
Eyes
Solution: breakthrough any
Advice
Your escape
Is just around the corner

Odd
The absurd pain upon the
Pain
And Crazy Man crosses my
Faith
Burning down
The memories of an era
The memories of my era
The memories of his era
The memories of my era
The memories of his era
Track Name: 365 Days
I will never find my peace of mind
In the morning till the end of night
If I don’t give myself an answer
I swear I’m gonna
Die

Someone please can tell me what is going on?
I need to know it
‘cause the fact I’m unaware
It is carrying me to
Madness

But I better find a place to sleep
Instead of calling house this town

Registration from the deep:
“another rock you threw me on the inside”

Constant conflict, eating leeks
Refrigerator’s empty, got no money

Relocation makes me weak
A no-more home of void except from boxes
Track Name: Roger Roger, Commander
Roger Roger, Commander
It’s been a year since my father has gone
It’s been five years since my childhood has ended
And the spaceships came back to the jellyfish station

Roger Roger, Commander
Very ancient, dressed in emperor’s clothes
With a crown and a cat on my shoulder
I will beat ‘em crying “you will not understand,
Never ever, you will not understand”

Throughout nosebleed
With green ants on my skin
I’ll run away from here

Roger Roger, Commander
Beating hard on the face like a drum
Make ‘em eat all the dirt and the pebbles
“I am sorry” I say, and it’s hard for my brain

Roger Roger, Commander
Now the spaceships with mechanical sails
To the globe or the earth on my forehead
Now they slip their moorings with a contrail of jam
Slip their moorings with a contrail and bells

Throughout nosebleed
With green ants on my skin
Female dozes
Avoiding their spring
I’ll run away from here

I'll run away from here!

Roger Roger, Commander
It’s been a year since my father has gone
It’s been five years since my days recommended
That the spaceships quickly leave the jellyfish station
And the spaceships quickly leave the jellyfish station
Track Name: 5.47 P.M.
I sat on a park-bench, lookin’ the scenery
I chew the fat with myself, surfin' in my mind

Not an achiever but the time passes by
I still have the same flu, but not the same bike

I need to get back to live again, feeling the pressure gone
To feel my back being scratched by another one

Should I care about dirty words spat on my face
Every time my background occupies my space?

Yeah, I’m not gonna burn myself with hatred
Not even once, I need some time to fix me up
I will try to keep the guilt separated
From my temptation of blaming it all on me

Weirdo
Underrated

Boredom overwhelms me
And the days seem like they’re stuck

Brand new false start
Every morning

I’m tired of feeling lonely
on the outside there’s a crowd

Yeah, I’m not gonna burn myself with hatred
Not even once, I need some time to fix me up
I will try to keep the guilt separated
From my temptation of blaming it all on me

5.47 pm
Is the time of the vent

Kinda blossom every time I can
And the harshness comes to melt
Track Name: Teenage
They promised I’d be fine
They said the lack of confidence
Would be a teenage problem
They promised it would have passed
And I could learn how to cope with things
Although they’re often so bad

They told me not to suffer
They told me not to make it such
A monumental deal
So they suggested hiding feelings
Unless I wanted to sound weird

Hop hop hop, bursting into tears
Till you stop stop stop
Stop blowing off the steam 'cause
'cause your friend is getting rid of you

Gotta clean the kitchen
Gotta gotta do the laundry
Gotta cook for everybody
Also gotta pass the exams so they
Can declare their perfect kid

Now you need a bed
Now you need to get a rest
Through your life you’re only tangled
Through your life you’re feeling tingle
Now you screaming “please!”

It turns out you've turned suspicious
It turns out you need
You need something but
You don’t know what you need
Track Name: Sonnet #4
I’m about to puke
You can smell signs of my blues on my skin
Like mud his smell
Covering me, leaving me with no air
Please, come and replace
His smell with your smell
Clean the marks on my body
And scrape off the darkness
You’ll see in my eyes
Taking your eyes off
You’ll think of the problems
You thought you had solved
Past just comes, don’t go
Your presence reminds me
Of something I’ve lost
Like a bird in a cage
A swan without wings
No more white, colored grey
I won’t sleep anymore
With somebody whose
I don’t want the smell on
Where the hell have you been?
You should have taken me away from that idiot
I’ve been crying for months
I wonder how Christmas would be with you
I find myself at recollecting memories I’ve collected with you
When I was fifteen and you were nineteen
I want to sleep with you until winter comes
And then wait for springtime
And then wait for winter again and again
When I see you shivers run on my spine
Why do you never step forward?
Why do you?
Please, come and please, do something
I’ve loved you for years
And I’ve spent my best years loving you
Do something, please
I wrote best songs and I wrote them for you
Where the hell have you been?
But now you’re here and I feel comfortable
Where the hell have you been?
But now you’re here and I feel comfortable
But now you’re here and I feel comfortable
But now you’re here and I feel comfortable
Track Name: To The Kino, Again
Change the subject
Collect all the final goals
Erase all the worries
And frozen your scary thoughts

Silently. Quietly. Going Away
Uncover the strategy, kill the today

Believe in the meantime
And meanness be left aside
The gathering’s worth it
Through fixing the oversights

Silently. Quietly. Going Away
Uncover the strategy, kill the today

You can’t hurt me anymore
I’ll convince myself of that
I accept all, I move on
And you bastards will be gone
Getting people down is your
Favorite pastime, isn’t it?
You’re frustrated, and it’s your fault
You give bad, it’s your default

Silently. Quietly. Going Away