Artist Name – Quarry
Song Title – Super Arcade
Vittorio Tolomeo, also known as Quarry, is an indie pop rock singer-songwriter based in London.
Bilingual in English and Italian, tireless musical explorer, he’s been playing all around Europe, solo and with some bands and, as a producer, he’s exploring new territories such as electronic and ambient.
Some of his most notable works include the album “Prize Day”, released by former president of Island Records Marshall Blonstein through his label Audio Fidelity, which got a lot of airplay in many countries, and the single “Aria” that was theme music for “Demo”, a popular radio show aired on Italian public broadcasting RAI.
He then founded the band Prizeday. Their debut album “Apps Will Grow Like Feathers” was released through New Zealand’s Do It Records.
They toured across Europe performing at The Great Escape Festival and also opening some shows for The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown.
Their short film “War Zone”, including five songs of the album, shot in Portugal to accompany the band’s debut album, was showcased to the world’s media at Cannes Film Festival in 2014.
“Vittorio’s new album “Prize Day” is as expressive and colorful as the artist that created the music and the lyrics.
He is a one of a kind artist, and we’re thrilled to be working with him.”
– Marshall Blonstein, president of Morada Records/Audio Fidelity
“The qualities that define Vittorio Tolomeo are the same qualities that define his music. He is an intensely spiritual guy, an intensely nice guy, and these aspects of character shine through each and every song.”
– Bruce Replogle, Rock Management USA
“Not only can Prizeday write some great catchy tunes they also have an image and style that sets them apart from the rest”.
– Paul Marshall, director of Do It Records
Songs recorded in an arcade game room. All-around musical handyman, and occasional pinball wizard, Quarry releases his new album.
A warehouse filled with old pinball machines and arcade games where a musician installed a recording studio and threw himself into writing songs and running sound experiments. That’s how “Super Arcade” was conceived – A very special environment to make a very special record.
This place inspired the title and set the mood for the new album of the London-based indie-rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Vittorio Tolomeo, also known as Quarry now.
“For a musician, a place to make music is a continuous journey in unexplored galaxies, it’s freedom, it’s shelter,” explains Quarry.
“Making the record in such a strange place was necessary to stop time and detach me from the unnecessary things of this age.
I realized that I wanted to express the value of awkwardness. When I think about the invasion of bloggers of nothingness, talent shows, false myths, and ephemeral notoriety, I get comfortable with being out of place and out of time.”
On this album, tracks like “Everything And Its Opposite” and the titular cut create a surreal picture of digital monopolies and their algorithms which influence every aspect of our existence, while “Haters Online” and “Firefighter” target social media and the border between virtual and real.
Elsewhere, “Man With The Scars” pays tribute to David Bowie, and the visionary ballad “Sweet Alien On Creamy Skis” celebrates those who still believe in a (real) turning point on the road to peace on the planet.
But no matter how heavy or sarcastic a subject is, the music is infectious throughout, combining slashing guitars, distorted bass lines and steady beat with melodic hooks, because Quarry is a firm believer that a right 3-minute song can change someone’s life, and you can’t go wrong with an alternative pop-rock confection, if it’s deliciously dirty and punchy.
On most of the “Super Arcade” numbers, Quarry played all the instruments, but he’s going to return to the stage to perform with his band in various European venues in the spring and in America in the summer…