A mixture of rhythmic and beatless cinematic ambient. Bruno Sanfilippo brings together a broad range of ethnic instruments, environmental sounds and digital effects to develop his underlying musical structures here laid down with synthesisers, strings, bells, chimes and pianos. Ambient zones, soft and faint build into harmonious passages where melody can be dominant, clear and tuneful or at times understated – simple motifs rolling over humming drones. There are introspective piano lines that reverberate against sonic breezes – curling, unhurried bars of dreamlike music, blissful and quite beautiful. There are airy pads and meandering mists and hazes of sound – crisp percussives or droplets disturbing the smooth surfaces. The final track is a delightfully wistful piano piece with an eastern pipe dolefully entwining the main theme – truly emotive and achingly heart-rending.
Sepia imagery covers the outer panels of this CD jewel case – uncertain montages, small photographs overlaid upon an indistinct figure – shadows and bright lights. Track titles are on the reverse in a simple elegant font. The inner booklet contains a monochrome portrait of the artist on stone steps and recording details and credits. Behind the CD is a dual language portion of text expounding the project in poetic language. A coil of copper wire sits in the frame of the jewel case – delicate and ornamental – a nice touch of individuality.
This series of seven contemplative compositions further explores Bruno Sanfilippo’s interest in the unfettered possibilities of dreams.
Each piece has a title beginning with the letters InTRO – InTROvoices, InTROpassion, InTROvisions. Serene and otherworldly – InTRO has moments of haunting weightlessness, pools of comfortable warmth. In general an inviting and harmonious album that draws the listener into restful reverie – on into emotional swells and wonderfully indulgent quiet melancholy.