Zugzwang is a compilation of songs I have been playing around from the end of 2020 to the summer of 2022. Sometimes they start with a weird texture. Sometimes they are shaped by the tape loops I make and the remaining sounds in them.

The name of this album came from the feeling I have about making music lately. It seems like every action I take makes things slightly worse. It started with the pandemic and social isolation. It got worse when one of my cats died, and getting covid didn't make anything easier.

But I wanted to rerelease something. So, here it is.

A few years ago, when I started exploring tape loops more, I started this personal challenge where I would release an album every 135 days. Forcing myself to do this made sitting down and playing something easier. 

To make things simpler to keep track of, I scheduled dates on my calendar, and today is the day to share Zugzwang.
Visually speaking, the images came from a Sunday walk in a cemetery close to my house here in Berlin. This is what the Alter Luisenstädtischer Friedhof looks like through a Soviet Smena camera and a Revolog film.

Let there be drone.

You can listen to this album on my bandcamp, on Spotify or wherever you listen to music.
Zugzwang was recorded in several different sessions between late 2020 and July 2022 at Casa dos Três Porquinhos in Berlin, Germany.

Produced, recorded, mixed, art direction, and everything else by Felipe Tofani.

Baphomet, Zé, Natasha, Bartô, and Nergal, sorry for all the noise. Thanks to Camila for her patient support. And Ciaran, thanks for using my music in your videos; it means a lot.

For Baphomet who wouldn’t care about any of this (2009-2022)


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