UNITY – BRUNO SANFILIPPO
Choral whelps loop around a Hanz Zimmer Interstellar-like awe-scape. Well produced pads of soft loveliness and a little baroque sample here and there, with some gorgeous sub bass drops, melancholy piano – all demand the motion picture for which this is an ideal soundtrack for.
The production is outstanding – and that’s my only criticism – it’s almost too polished and it would be nice to have a little sand in the vaseline here. It feels a little too studio bound, and I would prefer to hear some of this in a more obviously live resonant space. I’m not sure if it’s been built of out desktop samples in part – which is no bad thing, it reminded me of the first Bersian Quartett album where that’s orchestral sampling and live instrumentation are joined. The live playing on here is excellent by the way, and it feels very much a studio creation.
It’s a very commercial record, in that it should be used for adverts, motion pictures, television and so on – but enough colour and narrative of its own to justify an independent sonic journey. And it’s sad and reflective – and this is a good thing because if it went into pastoral twinkling in any committed manner, with this level of lush production, we’d be in trouble. sometimes, the production is so perfect that I’d like to hear a little more friction in the strings – just a tad. But it’s been on my CD player lots of times – and it’s a great package in the physical release, elegantly designed. I’d love to see where Sanfilippo goes next with this line of work. Proficient, well made, professional and reflective.
On the excellent Dronarivm now…