Since drawing immense buzz for the leak of his track “Carousel #3” off his upcoming debut LP, Italian Composer Federico Albanese has been hot on the radar of contemporary classical fans. Albanese is further justifying that hype with an incredibly powerful, sweeping new piece accompanying the recently released trailer for the new album The Houseboat and The Moon, due out on February 2014.
For the 13 compositions found in debut recording on Denovali Records, Albanese recorded all of the piano parts with a 1969 German tape recorder, the Uher Royal Deluxe, which allowed him to catch all of the tiny hidden shades, the imperfections, the noises of the piano and its surrounding space. Adding to the mix Albanese infuses the piano pieces with electronics, live recordings, strings, and homemade instruments. Sounding very similar in recording style to Nils Frahm’s recently acclaimed performance album Spaces, which resonated with fans across a variety of genres (more specifically experimental and ambient listeners), don’t be surprised if this early 2014 release catches fire too with the same fanbase. In the short snippet of tracks unveiled, Albanese shows a great mastery of atmospheric touches that contemporary classical fans have taken a strong liking to with the recent releases by Nils Frahm, Sarah Neufeld, and Hilary Hahn. For many The Houseboat and The Moon will be just the ticket for ringing in the new year with a bang.
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