“It can feed regret, the echo of all those choices that weren’t taken for fear of getting too involved. It can lead to obsession, when missing a person feels like lacking a part of your body.
It can carve into your skin the trace of what is forever lost: love, innocence, salvation”.
Fabrizio Cammarata is an Italian singer/songwriter from Palermo, Sicily. In December 2016 Fabrizio released the first tracks his new EP In Your Hands comprising his three recent singles Hold and Stay, In Your Hands and La Llorona. The latest single Long Shadows (7 July 2017) both completes the four-track EP but also is the lead-track to the new album, to be released November 2017 via 800A through Kartel Music Group worldwide and Haldern Pop Recordings in Germany, Austria, Switzerland.
The cinematic explorations of the four tracks are explored in some detail in their accompanying videos. The two mysterious black figures in the Hold And Stay video, “represent distance and separation in a relationship”, says Fabrizio, “they keep away from each others secrets, to remain in a sentimental comfort zone”. There is a fascinating dichotomy between the superficially breezy nature of the song, and the darker subtext of the lyrical content that explores an almost schizophrenic mindset that can emerge from a troubled relationship reaching a breaking point.
For In Your Hands, the video explores the choreographic potential of hands divorced from their typical physical context of the human body, as a parallel for the power struggles that inevitably arise in a relationship, as it turns sour.
Entirely hand-drawn, the video for La Llorona depicts a doomed woman making a journey towards a world of shadows. The story of La Llorona is legendary across the Hispanic world, and the startling violence of Fabrizio’s delivery sharply contrasts with the lighter touch of the other two songs, allowing the darker subtexts of the EP to come to a thrilling, and melodramatic conclusion. The themes of obsession, despair and redemption all flow through Fabrizio like a man possessed. The EP was recorded at what is fast becoming one of the most sought after recording studios in Italy’s indie scene, Indigo in Palermo.
Finally, the lead track “Long Shadows” of the upcoming longplayer due November 2017 features the “total solar eclipse of memory. Two young women. They look alike… but not quite. It’s as if one was the idealized version of the other, the real one: in black and white, she’s naked, in the wild, like an angel, perfect. In color, she’s in a household context, where she can be smiling, crying, yelling at you, violent, let down. It takes a moment to understand. It only takes a total eclipse inside yourself.”
The soundtrack of Fabrizio’s life has featured the greats such as Bob Dylan, Fabrizio de André and Nick Drake, these sounds and stories mixed in with his own experiences and adventures growing up in the idyllic beauty of Palermo, Sicily. Fabrizio has drawn much creative inspiration from his travels across the globe, especially in Mexico and all around the Mediterranean Sea.
Since 2012 Fabrizio has been working with Palermo-born, Berlin-based filmmaker Luca Lucchesi on a road movie about his search for the mysterious and haunting figure of La Llorona. Having dedicated a great deal of time to exploring and researching Hispanic folk traditions, Fabrizio has become fascinated by the life and work of legendary Mexican singer Chavela Vargas. Working with fellow Italian singer Antonio Di Martino, the duo have created a semi-biographical novel entitled Un Mondo Raro about Vargas’ life and times, and an album of the same name comprised of Italian adaptions of songs from Chavela’s iconic repertoire.
Prior to the In Your Hands EP Fabrizio travelled far and wide with his well-received album Rooms, performing alongside stars such as Ben Harper, Iron & Wine, Patti Smith, Daniel Johnston and Hindi Zahra as well as having impromptu nocturnal jam sessions with Damien Rice and completing many successful tours across Europe.