Saturday, September 19, 2020
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Artist: Alessandro Barbanera
Title: In the Middle of the Path: Five Sketches
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This appears to be the first full length release from this Italian artist, and he has set the bar high for his next release. This is some solid work. The album opens with Time Bears Away All Things, which is a beautiful, slow moving synth composition. A Day Into The Planet Machine is a dark wall of ominous sound in the vein of Lycia. Submerged Mirrors keeps the heaviness in full effect with a lot of variety in the composition and some noisy elements peeking through. This is the scene in which the protagonists go into the forbidden forest as the ghosts of those who came before them try to warn them off in the low howling of the winds. Ghosts in Front of My Sleepy Eyes keeps the cinematic feel going, but this is the scene when they all lay dead on the forest floor, as a mournful spectral chorus sings over peaceful synth drone. Ataraxy closes it all off with more warm drone with a bit of a harsh edge to it. Once again, I am thinking of old Lycia. This is really good background music for working. A nice mix of dark and peaceful. Well worth checking out. This album weighs in at around 32 minutes.



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