A Year Without Summer

by Corrado Maria De Santis

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Corrado Maria De Santis is an Italian guitarist. Coming from an academic background in contemporary jazz. He has gradually moved towards experimental drone ambient work. His work primarily is characterized by the blending of the raw improvised guitar with sounds generated from his computer, creating soundscapes, drone sounds broken by glitches. Mysterious improvised soundscapes to coexist with melody led composition.

Corrado Maria De Santis about the album:

A Year Without Summer, a symbolic way of meditating upon the humanitarian crisis and its aftermath. A dire summer consisting of mists, fogs, rains and perpetual density. A litany of poor weather, a celebrated dark day, on which the fowls went to roost at noon, and the candles were lit as at midnight. Byron’s apocalyptic poem “Darkness” emerged from this experience, a literal atmosphere of doom of that July day in 1816 with speculation on a social landscape transformed by climate deterioration.


“I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
The bright sun was extinguish’d, and the stars
Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth
Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;
Morn came, and went—and came, and brought no day,
And men forgot their passions in the dread
Of this their desolation; and all hearts
Were chill’d into a selfish prayer for light.”
(Lord Byron)

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released April 2, 2021

Composed, performed, recorded and produced by Corrado Maria De Santis between Italy and Ireland, June to September 2020.

Mastered by Fabio Fraschini at PlayRec Studio, Rome, Italy.

Photo by Mindaugas Buivydas, taken on the ice of the Curonian Lagoon, Western Lithuania.

Artwork by Sonia Wickham.

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