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Titan Arum
a midlife bipolar album by Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo



Cheap Satanism/Delete Recordings
Release Date
October 8, 2021


1. Botox °
2. The Side Effects Of Self Indulgence *
Parasomnia °
Oblivion *
For Those Like Me (Who Don’t Like The Beatles) *
Vacant Stares *
7. The Llama And The Rabbit °
8. The Sssophisssticated Sssofa Sssnakesss °
9. Pira-Pira °
10. Red Coat °
Lullaby °

Mixed by Marco Milanesio * and Paul Beauchamp ° at O.F.F. Studio Torino.


Titan Arum” is the 5th album released by Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo under the moniker of ( r ).

Titled after the eponymous plant of the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world, also known as the “carrion flower” due to its odor like that of a rotting corpse, the album carries the botanical metaphor on its original artwork illustrated by Fabrizio’s bandmate in Larsen, Marco “il Bue” Schiavo and swings between almost disco-pop moments, bursting noises and sonic and moody implosions. Poised between song format and textured droning sound expanses, it ends with a cover of Leonard Cohen‘s “Lullaby”.

Fabrizio surrounded himself with friends and collaborators for an album both choral and highly personal and autobiographic: Paul Beauchamp and Marco Milanesio (who also engineered and mixed it), Vanija (from the Italian situationist cult band CCC CNC NCN), Daniele Pagliero, Chiara and Freddie Lee (the duo formerly known as Father Murphy), Jochen Arbeit (Einsturzende Neubauten), Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu), Paolo Spaccamonti, Teho Teardo, Julia Kent, the flamenco dancers Barbara Venere & Kari Machucka Lopez and the anarco-queer poet Klaus Miser.

The album, mastered by James Plotkin and co-released by the Belgian label Cheap Satanism and the Torino based Delete Recordings, will follow the release of the remix of the single “The Side Effects Of Self Indulgence” by Italian disco house duo Hard Ton on Noodles Label on the 25th of September and two videos directed by Omar Bovenzi and London visual artist and performer John Lee Bird.

Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo has been on the international experimental music scene since the mid 90s, founding member of Blind Cave Salamander (with his partner Paul Beauchamp), Almagest! (with Ernesto Tomasini), of the cult band Larsen and solo artist under the moniker of ( r ). He has appeared on more than 120 records, perforrmed all over the EU, UK, US and Canada and has released music for theatre, film and dance performances and collaborated with artists such as Xiu Xiu, Johann Johannsson, Julia Kent, Ernesto Tomasini, Little Annie, Jochen Arbeit, Nurse With Wound, Baby Dee, John Duncan, Ben Chasny, Carla Bozulich, Miles Cooper Seaton, coreographer Paola Bianchi… 
He is also a member of the network of Italian experimental musicians “Nuova Musica” and of the mixed arts LGBTQIA+ collective “In The Ghetto“.