Staff list: Mattia Villa

It’s been a year of change for me. Obviously Going Solo played a big part in it, but it wasn’t just a matter of music. I had to make important decisions about the direction that my life would take in the close future. I lived in a kind of limbo for so long, unable to wake up from slumber. Until a few months ago, when everything changed again. That has led to move back again in my old city, Bologna, a city I deeply love but that also reminds me how many years I wasted in the past. Everyday. For these reasons and many others, my album of the year is Familiars by The Antlers.



During my walks through the city, with Familiars playing in my headphones, I identified myself in the words of Peter Silberman and I floated over the haunting melodies drawn by Darby Cicci’s trumpet. I often felt lost and rescued at the same time, as is fitting for an album that’s half light and half shadow.

Inspired by The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Familiars includes many highlights, starting from that stunning masterpiece that is Palace. But while I was going through changes, the whole record played to be an extension of my thinking. Hiding the dark thoughts under the claim of an ephemeral stability, Familiars has unearthed all the doubts I was afraid to disclose aloud.

Am I really changing? Or the old habits will get the upper hand on me? I’m not able to answer now, but if I’m quiet, I still can hear the monster breathing.


Other records I liked this year:

Sun Kil Moon – Benji
The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
Alex G – DSU
SOHN – Tremors
Banks – Goddess
Ought – More Than Any Other Day
Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
Jessie Ware – Tough Love
Radiator Hospital – Torch Song
Tom the Lion- Sleep
Nothing – Guilty of Everything
Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else
Home Alone – There’s a Light Coming Through
Future Islands – Singles
Jungle – Jungle
Fear of Men – Loom
TOPS – Picture You Staring
MØ – No Mythologies to Follow
Sivu – Something on High


Yumi Zouma – Yumi Zouma
Ben Khan – 1992
Dorothy – Dorothy
Movement – Movement
Navvi – //
The Night VI – DIY
Vérité – Echo
Ought – Once More With Feelings
Raye – Welcome To The Winter
X Priest X – Samurai
Zola Blood – Meridian
Zella Day – Zella Day
Coasts – Coasts
Hawkon – Dare To Follow
Osca – Blood
School ’94 – Like You
Marika Hackman – Deaf Heat
QUARTERBACKS – Sportscenter
Royksopp & Robyn – Do It Again