Lost & Found

Recorded and mixed by Bruno at Onix II Studio · Barcelona
Analog Mastered by Ian Hawgood
Cover Photo by Francisca Pageo
Layout by Ximena Contreras

Release date: 19th October 2017 by ad21
CD limited to 300

CD:
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Also available digitally from:
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1- Peter
2- inTROpiano
3- Piano Texture Found
4- Solitario
5- What I Dreamed

Lost & Found is the latest album from Sanfilippo. The artist takes four songs that were once buried and lost in other collections, curating them together to create a new sound and feel. This reimagination allows the listener to discover each piece, as if for the first time. The songs have the power to pull memories from us, of either real or imagined experience and the ethereal sounds are, at once, familiar and an exploration.
This transformation invites the listener to experience Lost & Found as an act of losing and finding something again. 

Track list:
1. Peter is Sanfilippo’s contribution to the Ambientblog 10th Anniversary Collection released in 2015
2. InTROpiano is a piece which belongs to the album InTRO [ad21 2006]
3. Piano Texture Found is a piece which belongs to the EP Piano Texture Found, released by the Italian Net Label Laverna in 2012
4. Solitario also belongs to Piano Texture Found EP 
5. [bonus track*] What I dreamed  was just rescued from the hard drive of the studio recorder computer
bonus track *Only available on CD and digital version through Bandcamp


 

 

Reviews

  • Contemplative pianist Bruno Sanfilippo returned last month with a new album “Lost and Found”. Bruno takes compositions from previous albums and reimagined with different feeling and emotions in the playing. The differences are subtle at times, but Sanfilippo is able to create a cinematic space with his music. “Peter” is melancholy with its piano playing and quite dirge like, even when it gets going after a sombre and minimalist introduction. However the background hum of a wintry synth hides underneath and the sound of children in the playground is present through most of the track. The sheer joy juxtaposed with such a sad piece reminds me school days being bullied. “InTROpiano” is more an ambient landscape than a melodic piece. Long drones that you’d more associate with meditation, peace and nature landscapes fill the seven minutes. This is music for resting to. “Piano Texture Found” plays with the sound of the piano, reworking its properties into a glassy echo. The effect is great, and the static noise throughout gives it a beautiful but eerie feel. “Solitario” is an eleven minute synth piece that’s again more ambient than melodic and feels more like a coincidental tv drama accompaniment. A bonus track found from the cutting floor is the beautiful “What I Dreamed” which is my personal highlight on the album. It’s melodic, subdued, rhythmic and framed in a swish cosy glow. Piano is echoing back and forth over the simple motif but it’s the kind of refrain you could have on repeat for ages and not notice. All in all, it’s not an essential Bruno Sanfilippo purchase and the new track is the standout here. It’s a little too minimalist for my personal taste, but if that sounds like the kind of thing that makes you intrigued – you’ll enjoy this LP.
    Higher Plain Music
  • Bruno Sanfilippo – Lost & Found (ad21) Like us, you may be aware of the fact Bruno Sanfilippo is a fantastic piano player. Also like us, you may have listened to quite a few of his tracks. But at the same time feel like you are only scratching the surface regarding his extensive catalogue of quality releases. Well fear not, you’re in luck. Lost & Found throws new light on past gems carefully selected by Sanfillipo himself. The curation has been done in such a way as to inspire the idea of memories being pulled from the past. With listeners encouraged to treat the experience as an opportunity for contemplation, to consider things lost and allow yourself to find them again. We recommend you consider purchasing the CD or digital bandcamp version, which gives you a copy of the bonus track recently rescued from the studio hard drive.
    Ambience Input
  • A un anno dall'uscita dall'imponente "The Poet" (1631 Recordings), il compositore e pianista argentino Bruno Sanfilippo ha annunciato il suo ritorno con un nuovo album. "Lost & Found" uscirà ufficialmente il 19 ottobre per la sua etichetta ad21. L'album è composto da quattro tracce (più una bonus track intitolata "What I Dreamed", disponibile solo nella versione digitale e CD) che fanno parte di altre sue raccolte e che lui ha reimmaginato per questo nuovo lavoro. Il mastering è a cura di Ian Hawgood (Home Normal) e l'artwork è stato realizzato da Francisca Pageo. Abbiamo il piacere di presentarvi in anteprima lo streaming ufficiale dell'album.
    Ondarock.it
  • Sparse tracce riunite in un unico flusso per generare una visione nuova. È al tempo stesso un’operazione di recupero e spostamento di senso quella che Bruno Sanfilippo attua attraverso la pubblicazione del suo ultimo lavoro, un rintracciare e portare in evidenza un possibile filo comune che lega isolate particelle appartenenti al suo proficuo percorso artistico. Una persistente rarefazione da cui emana una strisciante aura nostalgica accompagna lo scorrere dei brani accumunando emozionalmente scorci sonori di natura differente eppure qui pienamente conseguenziali. Si accostano con estrema naturalezza la densa malinconia dell’incontro tra il raffinato pianismo e le leggere voci fanciullesche di “Peter” e il luminoso mare in cui si immergono placide stille riverberanti di “InTROpiano” , la compresenza tra tessiture eteree e ruvido fondale materico di “Piano Texture Found” e l’anima atmosferica fatta di essenziali melodie e venature crepitanti di “Solitario”. La chiusura di questo immersivo viaggio nel passato è affidata a “What I Dreamed”, flessuoso e onirico sprazzo inedito recuperato dall’archivio personale. Lontano dall’essere una semplice selezione antologica, “Lost & found” appare piuttosto il riuscito tentativo di trovare una dimensione ulteriore a ciò che altrimenti sarebbe rimasto nell’ombra. Abbandonarsi per riscoprirsi più a fondo.
    SoWhat
  • Bruno Sanfilippo has wowed a few of us here at the Towers in the past and he looks set to continue doing so with his latest collection of sun-dappled piano textures, on his own ad21 label. Lost & Found is a collection culled from re-discovered tracks and gems unearthed from hidden corners. Including a track restored from the hard drive of a studio computer. Gorgeous ambient piano radiating warmth and light, calling to mind a less frosty Harold Budd or a less studious Eno -- that’s certainly how ‘Intropiano’ sounds to my ears, at least. ‘Peter’ was Sanfilippo’s contribution to the Ambientblog 10th Anniversary set from 2015, and it features the distant sounds of children happily at play on a backdrop of gauzy synth and floaty minimal piano. ‘Piano Texture Found’ mixes a lil static with some woozy piano melodies; ‘Solitario’ is a nice long piece with crackling synthetic sounds building upon the textural qualities of an aching, dripping, old piano sounding like it’s been haunted by Vangelis. Lovely stuff.
    Norman Records
  • The five settings on Bruno Sanfilippo's latest ambient piano collection were for the most part “lost” before being re-assimilated for the thirty-six-minute release, yet they're a cohesive bunch for all that. Though they originally appeared in different places (the EP Piano Texture Found, for instance, issued on the Italian label Laverna in 2012) and at different times (included one issued as long ago as 2006 and the most recent in 2015), they're nevertheless united by the sensibility Sanfilippo brings to all of his productions. Even if the material doesn't add anything radically new to the established Sanfilippo template, that doesn't make Lost & Found any less satisfying a listen. Each of these ethereal settings exemplifies his sensitive handling of atmosphere and mood, as well as his gift for producing elegant piano performances enhanced by supplemental detail. During “Peter,” for example, sounds of children playing emerge alongside a wistful series of largely unadulterated piano reflections; in the 2006 setting “InTROpiano,” by comparison, the instrument reverberates so boldly, Sanfilippo's playing billows like a rapidly expanding cloud mass; there are moments when the piano seems on the verge of being buried under the reverberations, the effect so pronounced one imagines he might have recorded the piece in an echo chamber. Similar to “InTROpiano,” “Piano Texture Found” smears the acoustic instrument with thick strokes of hiss and fuzz though not so much that the shimmering piano patterns are rendered inaudible. With Sanfilippo operating within an ambient piano environment, there understandably are moments where the material suggests commonalities with Harold Budd's work, especially the early recordings involving Eno. That's never more evident than during “Solitario,” where for almost a dozen minutes Sanfilippo ruminates thoughtfully, his reflections accompanied by real-world sounds of footsteps and rustling noises of varying kinds. Having been exhumed from the hard drive of a studio recorder computer, the bonus track, “What I Dreamed,” never previously appeared but nevertheless fits comfortably alongside the others on this mini-album-like sampling of the Italian instrumentalist's artistry.
    textura.org
  • "Lost & Found", a 5-track/36-minute release with neo-classical piano music, throws new light on some past gems that were buried and lost in other collections but rediscovered in recent times. The whole process has been done in such a way as to inspire the idea of memories being pulled from the past and create a new sound and feel at the same time. Next to two tracks belonging to the Ep "Piano Textures Found" there’s one piece related to the album "inTRO" plus Bruno’s contribution ("Peter") to Ambientblog’s anniversary collection. The bonus piece "What I Dreamed" is a most soothing and emotive piece with some lyrical violin playing. I simply wished this one lasted longer. I urge fans of Harold Budd and Brian Eno along all loving contemplative ambient piano to check out the warm rays of light and stillness embedded in this album.
    Bert Strolenberg
  • “Lost & Found” non è un album vero e proprio bensì, come da titolo, una collezione di tracce originariamente composte in tempi e per contesti diversi, tra il 2012 e il 2016. Così reimmaginati e riassemblati, i cinque brani – uno dei quali un inedito assoluto recuperato da un vecchio hard disk – assumono significati di immanenza creativa, riassumendo al tempo stesso i cardini espressivi dell’artista di origine argentina. Da un lato, il lavoro di cesello su risonanze e spazi tra le note pianistiche, dall’altro la ricerca applicata a suoni concreti e minuti detriti elettronici rispecchiano l’ampiezza della visione di Sanfilippo, in continua trasformazione.
    music won't save you
  • Bruno Sanfilippo’s Lost & Found is more aptly titled than it first appears. His ambient solo-piano performances are certainly emotional, and will no doubt bring to mind all manner of losses and recoveries. But there’s another dimension to this five-track release that makes its title appropriate. The disc opens with “Peter,” a sparse, luxuriously paced work layered over a recording of children playing. Because this is the first piece we hear, its selection introduces an additional personal element to the album that adds to its relatability. Sanfilippo fans have heard this piece before. It was included on the Ambientblog 10th Anniversary Collection back in 2015. Next is “InTROpiano,” a re-release from Sanfilippo’s 2006 release InTRO. This track is a good example of why his work is so often compared to ambient music great Harold Budd. “Piano Texture Found” follows, a track featured on the Nov. 12 edition of the BADD PRESS Podcast. This one introduces the album’s first noise elements. Originally released on a 2012 EP by the same name, it’s an exceptional piece. Track four is “Solitario,” which appeared on that same EP. The piano sound is fuller, more well-rounded. Again though, Sanfilippo’s spacious compositional style is what stands out most. Set against various found sound recordings – as this one is – the result is mesmerizing. Finally, we get “What I Dreamed.” If tracks one to four were found, this one was lost – “rescued from the hard drive of the studio recorder computer” according to the album’s notes. So, as you can see, we are lucky to have this Lost & Found. Given its varied origins, it’s a remarkably cohesive, sentimental listen. Sanfilippo works in a well-established genre, but he does so with a mature, tremendously sure hand. This collection is an impressive introduction for those of us who haven’t had the pleasure.
    BADD PRESS