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Category: Piero Monachello

Alluste: In the Deep Blue

In the Deep Blue

In the Deep Blue

Alluste: In the Deep Blue
Released: 15 October 2019
alluste.bandcamp.com

Alluste performs with a grace and force that is rare even among more seasoned players. With each new release Piero Monachello envisions new thoughts and ideas, then makes music which we may listen to, and so better know his beliefs. The album In the Deep Blue (70’24”) unfolds in the fast-moving, unerring style of his previous works. With its neat beats and pulsing sequencer patterns the nine tracks lead us to an elaborate sonic dreamland. The tick-tock of these most wonderful clockwork compositions flows across a fascinating range of textures and moods. In a staircase of clouds the haze of a cosmic choir overtakes rising synth leads while ethereal string chords thicken the atmosphere. Each piece develops incrementally, steadily advancing and expanding. The bright spots are incandescent, fairly vibrating with new energy, while further in wandering explorations of harmony, melody and rhythm provoke a range of reactions. A work of surprising effect In the Deep Blue will take us into the deep forever, and far beyond tomorrow.

Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END – 5 December 2019

Alluste: Dark Energy

Dark Energy

Dark Energy

Alluste: Dark Energy
Released: 27 May 2015
alluste.bandcamp.com

An intricate combination of the discovered and the invented, Dark Energy (86’50”) is an effortlessly excellent example of Spacemusic. Realized by Piero Monachello, under the name Alluste, it feeds us a fresh dispatch from this ever expanding strand of Electronic Music. What elevates Dark Energy above an average cosmic drift is the obvious joy with which Monachello imbues his work. Profound wonderings, among the stars, synthesizers and the listener’s psyche, produces music that is experienced equally by way of the senses and the psychological. Neatly built throbbing sequencer exercises provide a hurtling onrushing quality. As electronic harmonies rise and fall, in light and dark tones, an unexpected beauty emerges. This music may portray the enigmatic cool of the deep space traveler, but all the while it never ceases to generate heat. Warped out echoing chords break down in pulsing arpeggio blips as suspended strings detail a build up of charge. Slow melodies hold forth above a venting sonic mass, while chiming patterns cycle and peal out alongside animated keyboard leads. Dark Energy, rich with detail, rewards close and prolonged regard. It asks for a mode of attention that is closer to that of listening to poetry, than the common cursory scanning fostered by the clicking and swiping of smart phones and social media. Spacemusic consistently inspires new, deeper thinking. It urges us to be more, not to just want more.

Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END31 March 2016