Borghesia is an electronic music group from Ljubljana, Slovenia, created in 1982 by Aldo Ivancic
and Dario Seraval who were members of the alternative theater troupe FV-112/15.
Along with Laibach, Borghesia is the most successful
band from the territory of former Yugoslavia who launched the activist movement
and managed to turn sexual freedom into an important political issue by
creating the New Slovenian Art scene.
After two cassette-only
releases the band recorded their debut vinyl LP Ljubav Je Hladnija Od Smrti (“Love Is Colder Than Death”) during the winter of 1983-84. The band was eager
to use early sampling techniques to construct tracks from cut up radio noises
and movie dialogue. They developed their own brand of EBM (Electronic Body
Music) that combined symphonic synthesizers (Korg PolySix), funky basslines,
military drum beats (Roland TR-808) and harsh, crisp sequenced rhythms that
repeat in trance-like loops (Roland TB-303). All songs from Ljubav Je
Hladnija Od Smrti are sung/recited in Croatian and use the imagery of the
prohibited, tabooed and repressed. Equal parts Chris & Cosey, Cabaret Voltaire, Art of
Noise and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
All tracks have been
remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studio in Berkeley. Pressed on blood red vinyl, each
disc is manufactured with its own unique pattern: no two discs are identical.
Each LP is housed in an exact replica of the original large 6-panel fold out
poster with lyrics and photos. Limited to 1000 hand-numbered copies.