The last we heard from horror-minded synth head Umberto, he was creeping us out via some John Carpenter covers last Halloween. Shifting gears back to his own work, the L.A.-based producer born Matt Hill is now getting set to release a new 12-inch, marking his first release since last year's Confrontations LP.
Due out April 1 via Not Not Fun, the two-track mini-release is called Temple Room. If that title is familiar, it should be, as it's the name of one of the tracks on Umberto's 2010 breakout effort Prophecy of the Black Widow.
So why is Hill looking back on such old material? We'll let the press sheet explain:
Upon relocating from the Midwest to Los Angeles last year, Matt Hill discovered a number of his original audio folders were deleted or corrupted beyond repair. Alas, the fragile fantasia of digital artifacts. So, in preparation for a string of performances, he holed up and tried to recreate some of these lost compositions, strip-mining his memory for clues and notation. This revisitation process had a particularly transformative effect on the seething lead cut from 2010's Prophecy of the Black Widow, elongating its curvature into even more elegantly paranoid shapes, riding the beat through wider corridors of spider webs and blood-red light. "Temple Room (Extended Version)" functions like a director's cut: expansive, indulgent, and attuned to a deeper strain of the nightmare.
As for B-side, it's actually another take on "Temple Room," but this time it comes under Hill's Silvio alias. The PR promises that this version ups the BPM "to construct an Italo haunted house of jittery sequencers, echoing handclaps, and soaring, malevolent synth leads."
We've yet to hear the new versions of "Temple Room," but you can revisit the original version below.
Umberto also has a lengthy European tour coming up, and you can see all the dates here.