Madrigali Magri

1994 to 2004
Nizza Monferrato (AT), Italy

Together from 1994 Madrigali Magri self produce their first album in 1998.
In spite of the absence of labels Madrigali Magri have been cut their enviable space in italian rock underground scene, such to become an infuence for various italian bands.
After Negarville, Malacarne is their 2nd album on Wallace Records.


September, 2002
8 tracks
37 minutes

There's no form or movement in this music. It's improvisatory, ambient, repetitive, as if the point is validate the act of making the music and nothing else, not even listening to it. And stili I love it. Bass, drums, guitar and voice banging out songs that feel like modernist paintings, more shapes than tunes, dark and empty. It's a soundtrack in search of a David Lynch movie. The tracks are full of silences or blank spaces; they're like roads through abandoned cities or desolate countryside. It's arty, pretentious post rock. But it's also an antidote to the over stimulation of modern life, to a world full of television, movies, newspapers and advertisements. Music for a world without people. Excellent.

(Joe Levy, Rock Star Usa)


September, 2000
11 tracks
40 minutes

Madrigali Magri’s Negarville begins with less minimal qualities than its predecessor, Lische, but the recording also builds a lot more from the beginning than Lische does. Negarville seems to be a bit more experimental at first listen, but it’s really that Madrigali Magri is exploring a new dynamic and a newer, fresher aesthetic than the band did on its debut, Lische. Negarville and Lische are truly a nice pair and would surely provide a better continued listen if they were put side to side, as they are almost like a part one and part two, respectively Madrigali Magri’s negarville is a unique recording that truly explores new sonic ground and successfully brings home the goods. This recording is quite similar to Cave In’s Jupiter or even early Tortoise recordings but, with its minimalist guitar and drumming, it comes off with its own unique sound. Truly though, the influence of american experimenters Sonic Youth and Fugazi is quite prominent in their music. Madrigali magri’s Negarville is a fantastic recording, and you should look into adding this gem to your collection.

(Matt Borghi, All Music Guide)