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Video of The Week #281: Michele Ducci – Hic

‘Hic’ (Latin for ‘here’) is the third single from the debut solo album by former M+A and Santii member, Michele Ducci. The track is a more experimental departure from the rest of the album, fusing loose, percussive Beat poetry with ravaged vocals, in an evocative intimate track, scattered with fragments of beats, heady basslines and pianos; swirling heavy with broken, end of the night exhaustion.

According to Ducci, “‘Hic’ came to visit me towards the end of SIVE’s recordings. I was listening to the tapes, it was night, the bathroom in the house had flooded and I had lost my voice. Not being able to continue recording the other songs because of the hoarse and broken voice I decided to make a new one exactly with hoarse and broken voice. I started improvising recording myself without instruments and only with what was left of my voice.

“Keeping in mind as canvas some verses by the poet Henry De Régnier I began the musical navigation with this sort of indirect free speech that revolves around the Copernican question of a taking place = x, a ‘hic’ more than a ‘now’, not extensive, but intensive, which is the root of every extended space. An immense threshold which is like a shadow “qui se retire ou s’allonge, selon l’heure du jour qui croît ou du jour qui décline, Marque le cours du temps et la saison divine où l’aube est toujours claire et le soir toujours long.”

“In two hours the song was done with some addition of drums and piano. And the nine-song album became a ten-song album…And with my vocal exhaustion I happily looked upon it as a kind of bizarre drunken Armstrong. I am still grateful for that experience!!!!”

Accompanying the single is a video directed by Marco Catapano, which was filmed in Greece between Paxos and Corfù, which we are debuting below.

Michele Ducci’s album will be released on 7th June on CD in a colour printed card wallet as well as digitally. Pre-order CD here:

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