Drawing from a collective musical lexicon as seen in ‘Amici’, ‘Sogni’ (which translates from the Italian as ‘Dreams’) reflects on themes of decision-making, change, time, heartbreak and the practicalities of work and daily life. Primo’s music is a study of duality, weaving through these themes with an idiosyncratic delivery that is punctuated by post-punk sensibilities, upbeat jangle and unexpected electronic flourishes.

‘Sogni’ sees the introduction of Amy Hill on bass, adding to the original trio of Suzanne Walker (drums), Violetta Del Conte-Race and Xanthe Waite (guitars). There’s a freshness here, a breaking of new territory that’s a testament to the group’s collaborative work ethic and experience in their associated bands. Spanning just under 30 minutes, ‘Sogni”s twelve songs were conceived collectively in the rehearsal room and perfected in a live setting, before being recorded to an 8-track with Al Montfort across a number of home studios in Melbourne.

The resulting LP comes with a languid and fluid pace. Opener ‘Things To Do’ sets the tone for Sogni, a record that reflects Primo’s day-to-day life, with sharp lyrics and a chiming encouragement. ‘Perfect Paper’ propels the album into cruise, with splintering guitars, ‘Machine’ highlights the work-hierarchy struggle (“you told me just what I should do / but the problem is you’re only human / and I just can’t listen to you / machine, machine, machine”). ‘Best and Fairest’ questions the idea of an ideal life, while ‘Love Days’ reflects on past relationships and ‘Diamond Day’ deals in accidentally being swept up in love. Before long, the LP is wrapped up with a hazy and intimate final track, ‘Reverie’.

Primo! are making guitar music that explores the boundaries of everyday life with calm levity, tilted grace and grit. Catch them touring Sogni in 2020!

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