Minimal, post-classical, ambient.
Bruno Sanfilippo delivers his latest album of deliriously, delicate piano and string music. All of the tracks here masterfully balance an exquisite classical grace with a strikingly contemporary aesthetic. Subtle electronics, understated drones and static textures underpin many of the tracks; the remote operatic tones of Mariel Aguilar haunt the air on Camille (which sleeve notes explain to be a tribute to Camille Saint-Saëns) and Bruno’s own voice is discretely woven into the fabric of the concluding title track. Bruno’s piano work is astounding in its artful restraint and poignant delivery as he unfolds some of the most elegantly wistful and subtle melodies you’re ever likely to hear. Adding to the intimacy of the music, incidental piano noises of frame and mechanism are occasionally included in the mix. Julián Kancepolski’s sublime cello enfolds, accompanies or leads the piano in beautiful accord.
ARTWORK Inside Life is presented in a tasteful card wallet of two symmetrical, plastic-free panels; the disc is neatly slotted into one panel. Artwork is simple, a single curling line loops and twists into a loose tangle from which emerges an arcing arrow stabbing at the title. The rear imagery reflects the front cover, but here track titles hang vertically below the projecting tip of the arrow. The AD21 logo and web address are also here. Inside is a pale duplicate of the outer cover, lighter, fainter – the only difference being the replacement of the track titles with brief credits.
Released via the artist’s own AD21label, Inside Life is the latest album from Barcelona-based musician/composer Bruno Sanfilippo. The seven pieces here are all between five and eight minutes in length allowing for unhurried development of each concept, the hypnotic melodies gradually seeping into the consciousness like the formation of a blissfully introspective mood. Promotional material describes the music most aptly: “Inside Life immerses the listener into magnificently expressive modern classical realms, tranquilly minimal, yet exquisitely nuanced, abundantly poignant and delicately filigree, where stirringly pensive sadness is masterfully counterpointed with hauntingly embracing stillness, while intensely evocative ambient subtleties are deliberately permeated by yearning haze.” Be aware that this is a limited edition of 500 copies although the album is also available for download via the usual digital outlets.