Giuseppe Ielasi - August (CD 12k)

A soft loop swings around, gentle patterns emerge and fall back into the woodwork. Little whirrs and click are here and now there. And so begins a deftly assembled album.

There's a swell of sound for the second track (all tracks are numbered rather than named), like a slow, deep intake of fresh air. Feel the cells sizzle with life.

Giuseppe's sensitive use of undulation and loop over the course of the album is immaculate. There's movement, a sway of emotion that comes and goes as the emphasis shifts from track to track but it's always underpinned by a sense of dwelling on what went before. Rather than an album of the present, it has an air about it that suggests remembrance of things, a memory. There's patience to it. A quieter awareness of every sound. Even the extended tones he uses aren't simple drones. They're looped instruments done the old way. Reel to reel. Human. Organic. Hold and decay, letting the sounds play themselves out. It's a composition that's sensitive to the sounds and instruments used rather than being one that forces the sound.

Heimo Rinaldi's soft toned trumpets on '3' have a gliding tone to them. Amazing and beautifully simple playing. One of the highlights on a finely crafted album.

'4' strays into Harold Budd territory and feels too watery; too unformed. But it does make sense when it leads into the final track of an electronic organ as a main instrument. There's an interesting contrast to the pairing.

Don't confuse this for some kind of wishy-washy ambient album. It's anything but. These are solid electro-acoustic compositions where subtlety prevails.  The apparent simplicity hides an impressive complexity.

The cover of the digipak features a terribly sad dog in a hideous looking designer city arcade. Melancholy in a shiny new world. The picture was taken by Amedeo Martegani. HM

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