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[No] Surrender

by Simon Grab + Francesco Giudici

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I Leave 08:45
Sirens 06:53
Wolves 20:13
Aftermath 02:42


«Social injustices are implanted into our society, and the powerful are not willing to make way for real change. Urgency is the force driving us both in musical improvisation and life. Our sounds are war sirens against an ongoing disaster.» - Simon Grab & Francesco Giudici

Simon Grab & Francesco Giudici’s ‘[No] Surrender’ is a strong and uncut manifest against social injustices, packed into screaming feedbacks and towering drones. Grab lures tender noises and pulsating frequencies from his fragile no-input-mixing-setup, while Giudici adds linear and visceral guitar drones, opening a dialogue between the two musicians, the room, and the surrounding context. Together, they create a uniquely soft but angry musical creature that feeds from emotions of loss and anger to become a haunting call for change.
The album’s cover presents a portrait of ‘Madame Rochat’ by photographer and film maker Aline d’Auria. The seemingly indestructible concierge was stripped from her home of half a century on the day of her retirement. Still, she persistently continued to fight for the working class’ rights. ‘[No] Surrender’ calls for awareness, resilience, and space for reflections. It’s a story about mankind being trapped in a world poisoned by a failed system of power. It’s an urgent call to overcome the darkness.

Focusing on reduction and the peculiarity of self-referential systems, Simon Grab plays fragile feedbacks, pulsating drones and opulent outbursts of noise on a no-input-mixing setup. His has previously released «Posthuman Species» and «Extinction» on -OUS, while «Diamonds», a collaboration with Togolese rapper Yao Bobby and Asian Dub Foundation’s Dhangsha, came out via LavaLava.

Experimental musician and sociologist Francesco Giudici plays guitar in bands and creates music for films, installations and theatre pieces. He has released three albums with his band ‘Black Fluo’ on PulverUndAsche Records. His research as sociologist and demographer focuses on social and economic inequalities, social gradient in health, gender inequalities, occupational and familiar life trajectories.

"‘(No) Surrender’ is a powerful collection that veers from the beautifully serene to the violently noisy, informed by political inertia in the face of urgent social and ecological issues."

"Portentous, cinematic synth and guitar scapes for fans of Alessandro Cortini, Norm Westberg, Gabriel Mindel Salomon."

"We’re promised a 'powerful, unadulterated confrontation of social injustice, corruption & deficient systems of power. Fierce bursts of feedback, thunderous, enveloping drone, unsound noise and visceral undulations of guitar: a dialogue of intensity & intuition'".

"Sirens: la fredda presa di coscienza, riassunta nel richiamo industriale di sirene (se di allarmane o di avviso di apertura dei cancelli di una fabbrica poco importa poiché è in pratica la stessa cosa) ci riporta al reale, al concreto. Percezione questa scritta, indotta ed attuata da mano terza".

"Wie unterschiedlich in der Intensität und Wirkung diese Herangehensweise an die Electronica sein kann, lässt sich beim 20 Minuten langen Track «Wolves» besonders gut beobachten. Bedächtige Passagen mit melodischen Feinheiten, dann wieder Rückkopplungen und Noise als unüberwindbare Mauer. Simon Grab und Francesco Giudici verbinden die Gitarre und den Synthesizer zu Geschichten, «Forest Spirit» ist leicht wie ein Traum und geistert umher. Wie bei «Posthuman Species» von Grab sind die Empfindungen vielfältig, erdrückende Wolken werden mit Einzeltönen aufgerissen."


released January 28, 2022

Music by Simon Grab & Francesco Giudici
Recorded and mixed at ganzerplatz Zurich
Mastered by Manuel Oberholzer at vfbm Fribourg
Cut by Flo Kaufmann at Bricolage Universel Solothurn
Photography by Aline d’Auria
Graphic design by Alfio Mazzei

Thanks to:
Adelaid Rochat, Michael Stark and Odessa Skinner
In memory of Norman Skinner


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Simon Grab Zurich, Switzerland

The co-founder of ganzerplatz soundstudios has been an active musician and producer in a wide range of musical contexts. As a composer and sound artist he produces music & sounddesign for feature films, documentaries, theatre and radio. In live performances and installations Simon Grab uses the venue as an acoustic playground. He likes exploring new grounds by negating existing borders. ... more


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