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Intimate Immensity

by Tomaga

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  • TOMAGA - Intimate Immensity (1st Pressing - Black version)
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    • Black vinyl
    • Edition of 400 copies
    • Gatefold cover
    • Expected shipment date: Mid-March

    Includes unlimited streaming of Intimate Immensity via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • TOMAGA - Intimate Immensity (Blue version)
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    • Blue transparent vinyl (bandcamp only)
    • Edition of 100 copies
    • Gatefold cover
    • Expected shipment date: Mid-March

    Includes unlimited streaming of Intimate Immensity via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • TOMAGA - Intimate Immensity (Black Vinyl - 2nd Pressing)
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    • Black vinyl
    • 2nd press // Edition of 300 copies
    • Gatefold cover
    • Expected shipment date: Mid-March

    Includes unlimited streaming of Intimate Immensity via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • TOMAGA - Intimate Immensity (White Vinyl - 3rd Pressing)
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    • 3rd pressing : limited edition of 400 copies
    • Opaque White Vinyl
    • Gatefold cover
    • Expected shipment date: Early July

    Includes unlimited streaming of Intimate Immensity via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • TOMAGA - Intimate Immensity (4th Pressing)
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    • Black vinyl
    • 4th pressing // Edition of 700 copies
    • Gatefold cover
    • Release date: October 7th 2022
    • Expected shipment date: Mid-September

    Includes unlimited streaming of Intimate Immensity via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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Idioma 04:13
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The Snake 03:45
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More Flowers 04:55
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No Sia Mai 04:51
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about

The last, outstanding release of the London based experimental duo (Tom Relleen and Valentina Magaletti), accomplished just before Tom’s passing in August 2020, is the distillate of two years of new creative enhancement.

Mostly recorded at Tom’s “Bunker” – as he called his house in London – during the days off from live performances and challenging collaborations throughout the world, Intimate Immensity collects ten intense tracks that outline a breath-taking epiphanic journey revisiting the multifaceted worlds explored by the band in seven years of non-stop and mostly live activity.

The wonderful blue artwork especially created by the acclaimed artists Icinori is a perfect match with the gist of Tomaga’s aesthetics of intimacy that is well expressed by a few lines in the gatefold:

“I just found an interesting book by Gaston Bachelard called The Poetics of Space, with chapters on ‘house as universe’, nests, shells, ‘intimate immensity’, ‘the phenomenology of roundness’... I think it ties in with our feelings about bunkers and the urge to partition the universe to create our own spaces, vs cleansing or colonising the everyday to make it empty of anyone else's taste. I think Tomaga tracks with their individual micro worlds are a bit like that…" – in this way Relleen introduces us into Tomaga’s pulsing universe where space and meaning, articulated by sound, acquire breath and character as an expressive place where you can feel at home.

It is a quite similar aesthetics that could be perceived through Derek Jarman’s quotation from Blue (1993) used in the video of Intimate Immensity realised by Noriko Okaku together with some of Tom’s favourite stones collected from different places throughout his life.

Blue protects white from innocence
Blue drags black with it
Blue is darkness made visible
Blue protects white from innocence
Blue drags black with it
Blue is darkness made visible.

The dialogical richness of musical influences, that has always been a peculiarity of all Tomaga’s performances, finds its peak here. The sonic spectrum is really wide, ranging from modern composers such as Laurie Spiegel and Pauline Anna Strom who has recently passed away, to the British refined dance aesthetics of Muslimgauze and Ossia.

The somewhat deceitful approachability of the ten tracks, their crystal clear and elegant surface, is in fact the outcome of the deep process of transformation that has personally and musically involved the duo during the last two years.

credits

released March 26, 2021

All track written, performed and produced by Tom Relleen & Valentina Magaletti
Except 'Very Never (My Mind Extends)' written by Tom Relleen, Valentina Magaletti & Cathy Lucas
Vocals on 'Very Never (My Mind Extends)' by Cathy Lucas
Vocals on 'British Wildlife' by Martin Tomlinson
Strings on 'Intimate Immensity' by Agathe Max

Mixing by Marta Salogni at Studio Zona, London
Mastering by Sarah Register, New York City
Cutting by Andrea [Lupo] Lubich, Berlin
Artwork & layout by Icinori

Cat.#: HITD 056

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Hands In The Dark is an independent micro-record label based in Besançon (East France) which, since 2010, has focused on proposing exciting auditory explorations and singular visions of experimental / psychedelic music.

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