Upper Glossa is a project by Caterina Barbieri and Kali Malone premiered at Berlin Atonal 2016 to positive critical acclaim, with The Wire picking out the performance as a festival highlight and describing it as “a trip deep within the mothership – hypnotic and beautifully disorientating”.
Developed between Sweden and Italy, their piece Fundament is a composition for electric guitars and synthesis inspired by additive patterns, canon and overtone-centered harmony. It’s vigorous and minimalist dexterity exudes a severe and tragic sound hailing from the pythagorean region of the harmonic spectrum.
"...Shoegaze walls of sound slowly shifting into dark guitar washes/echoes, which finally give way to synth lullabies, building the melancholy melodic patterns of monotonous beauty.” (Secret Thirteen)
“The Swedish/Italian duo Upper Glossa transformed the space into a world of overlapping, long range guitar and string drones, over buzzing and stacking synthesiser patterns, and lights swooping overheads in patterns resembling a runway, or a swarm of bees, or a trip deep within the mothership – hypnotic and beautifully disorientating.” (The Wire)