Visualia is filled with bright swirls of sound, brimming with optimism, full of sonic imagery.
Simply titled “Visualia I,” “Visualia II,” and so forth, the listener is able to project their own interpretation into the music and what it represents.
Ambient background noise serves as a marker for transitions between tracks – water, people milling about, unidentifiable textured sounds,
and so on.
After two lighter tracks, the mood turns darker with “III,” as rich drones and soft shakers turn to nature sounds, female choirs,
rattling metallic sounds from an unknown source, and strings. Simply beautiful.
The disc blurs the lines between dark ambient, world, and new age music. I can’t really compare Sanfilippo to other artists that I listen to regularly, though there are hints of everything from Phillip Glass.“Visualia V” has great spatial effects, as water seems to drip from every corner.
After floating abstractly for over five minutes, primitive drums take to the fore in convincing fashion. Water themes continue on “VI,”
a delicate atmospheric number. “VIII” even has sleigh bells, but they fit perfectly with the rest.
Visualia is all about imagination, music that puts images in your head and then carries you there