ZIBALDONE of CVX

Artwork by Coline Cornélis

Artwork by Coline Cornélis

Taking their name from Giacomo Leopardi's sprawling, voluminous notebooks––in the hope that at least a smudge of his polymathic flair might rub off––these 'Zibaldone' constitute a kind of audio shorthand, a musical hotchpotch, to use the most viable translation from the Italian. They are rhythmic and melodic sorties into, and salvoes from, the worlds of literature, philosophy, poetry, psychology, history, politics and so on, and so on. Impulsive recordings, studio off-cuts, brazen samples, internet rips and selected recitals braid together to swing a pendulum bob between original composition and mixtape compilation. The blurred line between authorship and usage is open to view.  In fact, originality itself is called into question––is it, as one 18th century belletrist suggested, simply 'judicious plagiarism' anyway?  Rapid in process; fragmentary by definition: potentially disparate, then, these 'Zibaldone'... purposefully un-primped, un-preened; pre-style, pre-genre––hopefully even ducking the new aesthetic dispositif of eclecticism too ("really...?!")


Zibaldone I of CVX is released by Laura Lies In and is available now as a 12", with a foldout poster by Coline Cornélis, and as a download. Order here.

Zibaldone II of CVX, also released by Laura Lies In, is available now as a pre-order-only dubplate, and as a download offered in return for a donation to Mind, the mental health charity. Order here.