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A New Life: Fright Treasures

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Artist: A New Life (@)
Title: Fright Treasures
Format: Tape
Label: Other Voices Records
Distributor: Bandcamp
Rated: *****
The truth is, that i have been eagerly waiting for the release of FRIGHT TREASURES, the first 'full length' album by A NEW LIFE. It is finally out! A limited edition release on tape (along with the digital release, of course), on OTHER VOICES records. The fact that it is available on tape, as well, makes the album even more special and highly collectible.
All the songs on the album have been composed, performed and recorded by Maurizio Pustianaz (the mastermind behind A NEW LIFE) between September 2011 / September 2012, and as the title - and the striking cover artwork (by Oleg Galay) - suggest, we're in for a deep, dark, often emotional journey.
Right fro the start, it becomes clear that the artist, has no intention of jumping on any bandwagons or following 'trends'. After playing the album many times i get the feeling that the music making approach and the song constructing process can be described as pure and sincere and the sound ideas, the arrangements of the songs, the vocal performances, are all expertly combined and produced, bringing a sense of sonic unity and a final solid vision of the album, as a whole piece of art.
A NEW LIFE, prefers analogue drums and synthesizers to bring all those dark moments and moods to life, and manages to build up a melancholic vibe that runs through the album. Early 80s synth influences are evident and ever-present on all of the songs, and that only manages to enhance the allure of the album, which by all accounts has a strong sound identity, and an undeniable quality and only leaves the listener wanting more.
For me, FRIGHT TREASURES is one of the best releases of the year.


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