After the end of his solo guitar and laptop outfit Banjo or Freakout in 2012, Italian-born, London-based Alessio Natalizia continued to work on his project Walls with Sam Willis, but with personal circumstances and musical differences taking their toll, the duo amicably split, and Natalizia focused all his energy on his new solo project, Not Waving.
2013 saw the release of his debut full-length Umwelt. A concept album of sorts, the LP used the idea of "Remote Listening" as its basis -- initially informed by the CIA and KGB's use of Remote Viewing during the height of the Cold War -- to create an album of music for places that Natalizia had never been to. Inspired by his homeland's rich heritage of avant-garde electronic music, the album signaled a new chapter in Natalizia's output. The nine-track limited cassette Redacted was also released that year, while Natalizia put together the compilation Mutazione -- a look at Italy's underground new wave, post-punk, and avant-garde electronic scenes in the 1980s -- for Strut Records. 2014 saw a slew of releases from Not Waving, including a split 12" with fellow electronic artist Pye Corner Audio, as well as the self-released Voices cassettes. A sophomore release, Human Capabilities -- which was released on Stuart Leath's Emotional Response label -- also appeared. Playing a host of live shows throughout 2015, Natalizia returned to the studio to record what would be his third full-length album. At the end of the year, Oscar Powell and Jaime Williams announced that they had signed Not Waving to their Diagonal label, with the limited-edition EBM-referencing 12" Get Serious being the first release. The clubbier-sounding album Animals was released to acclaim at the beginning of 2016. ~ Rich Wilson, Rovi