Alessandro Cortini "Iniziare"

Alessandro Cortini "Iniziare"
Nine Inch Nails synth MVP Alessandro Cortini is gearing up to gift us with his stunning Avanti album. But before the full-length arrives on Friday (October 6), Cortini has snuck in another preview with "Iniziare."

Down below, you can dive into the slow-building but striking new track, which showcases well what the full album has in store.

As previously reported, Avanti finds Cortini recording the tracks live on a single synth (the EMS Synthi AKS) with no overdubs. A press release previously explained this of the record's origins:

Prior to making the record, Cortini rediscovered an archive of home videos made by his grandfather, who passed away a few years previously. Among the cache were several Super 8 films of family gatherings as well as hours of dinner-time conversations recorded on cassette for posterity. It was as if Cortini had unearthed a perfect fossil of his childhood. The films, however, were missing one crucial element — the sound. So Cortini decided he would restore the miss-ing audio in his own way, by composing a musical accompaniment to the footage.

As it turned out, Cortini had a few blanks to fill in himself. The films exposed some inconsistencies in his memories, moments that he romanticised or misremembered. But what surprised him the most was that the recordings appeared to be almost as fallible as his recollections — both showed signs of degradation.


Avanti is due out on Friday (October 6) via the Point of Departure Recording Company/PIAS.