Tullia Benedicta D'Aquino Canestraro (born 5 April 1990) is an Italian singer-songwriter and producer, originally from Ravenna, now based in London.
In 2012, whilst studying digital design, Tullia formed the post-rock/shoe-gaze band, Grace, one of whose primary influences was the cult Anglo-French London band, Piano Magic. It was following Piano Magic's concert in Ravenna in 2012, that Tullia first met frontman Glen Johnson and after the dissolution of Grace in 2013, she moved to London, quickly contacting Glen for his thoughts on her new solo music. After less than a year in the metropolis, her debut album, 'Anteros' was born and now sees the light of day on Johnson's own Second Language Music label.
Initial recordings were made by Tullia in her North London home with a microphone, MIDI controller and laptop. The album, never shying of sexual, fetish and BDSM themes (see Filippo Maria's gorgeous shibari-based video for 'Devotion') includes snatches of corrupted, heavily processed private telephone recordings and even porn videos.
'Anteros' was co-produced by Jerome Tcherneyan of Piano Magic at his Ark Of Noise studio in Hackney Wick, London and features guitar from Frank Alba, also of the band. The album concludes with a "warehouse" remix of Beats Or Silence by Tcherneyan.
The album title, 'Anteros,' evokes the greek god of requited love, literally "love returned" or "counter-love" and also the avenger of unrequited love. Additionally, 'Anteros' is the subject of the Shaftesbury Memorial in Piccadilly Circus, London, - something Tullia was particular drawn to and deeply inspired by.
Tullia's musical influences include Bjork, James Blake, Owen Pallett, Pan Sonic, NIN, Einsturzende Neubauten and classical and avant-garde music including Ravel, Arvo Part and Philip Glass.
'Anteros' comes in an 8 panel concertina sleeve designed by Tullia Benedicta, featuring photography by Josh Hight. Lay-out by Jeff Teader.
Anteros tracklisting :
2. Beats Or Silence
6. Edge Of Life
8. Beats Or Silence (Piano Magic Warehouse Mix)
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