A suite of flowing ambient expanses – some with rhythm, some without. This series of seven tracks is arranged into a continuous fluid whole. Although each track has a distinct character of its own the connections are almost seamless as subtle sonic morphing takes one piece smoothly into the next. The various compositions are united by a tranquil drifting quality that ebbs and flows in ponderous undulation – very restful, mesmerising. Yet there are great depths here, and strong sonic colour: distant jangles, twittering birds, soaring air movements, muted whistles, echoing crystal-like electronic phrases, distorted ethnic flutes and patches of dense, heavy sound that in turn fall apart and disperse back into the atmosphere. When the music rolls into rhythmic motion the effect is one of easy transition from steady state into electro-organic groove, the percussion or sequential patterns having a timeless, placeless, universal quality about them.
MOOD: The mood throughout Auralspace is one of wonder and serenity. Moments of mystery and exotic twilight are highlighted by beats as soft as the rhythms of the human body. Lighter passages seem to take the listener high into the clouds, delicate vapour trails of transparent tone wafting weightlessly past. There is often a sense of blissful abandon and pleasant warmth inviting one to let go and sail off into the seemingly endless liquid space that Sanfilippo has so carefully conjured up.
ARTWORK: Auralspace is a deluxe digipack presentation – a sharp matte card gatefold in three panels. The front and back imagery features
a human ear overlaid with a bold weave texture – rich additional surface layers and shadowy obscurity combine to create an impression of mystery that holds the eye. This is a tasteful object in itself. The remaining outer panel when unfolded, holds all the relevant information;
a tracklist with associated timings, a quote from Jorge Luis Borges and a gear list. Within, the space is wordless, given over entirely to visuals that symmetrically fill the extreme right and left panels – a profile of a strongly grained face, partly turned away.
The ear of this figure holds a bright burst of light that sends beams radiating outward.
The disc itself is central, hiding a final, lush weave design.
OVERALL: This album sees Bruno Sanfilippo develop his solid solo discography deeper into ambient dreamscapes.
The delicate pianos of the past few releases are replaced here with gently heaving beds of tone and layered electronics.
Coming as the artist’s twelfth release it is delivered via his own ad21music label and will be available through Musiczeit as well as other
well-known download platforms. Clips can be heard on Bruno’s website.
WHO WILL LIKE THIS ALBUM Auralspace will appeal to ambient fans that enjoy strong flavours and warm infusions.
There is plenty to ‘listen’ to if you so choose, yet melody is minimal and restrained or emergent. If you have enjoyed the peacefulness
of Bruno Sanfilippo’s most recent albums, then that feeling is still here only this time without the piano focus.