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Alluste: Aludra

Aludra

Aludra

Alluste: Aludra (70’57”)
Released: 23 February 2020
alluste.bandcamp.com

Piero Monachello hears voices, synthesizer voices. Under the name Alluste he realizes a vivid Electronic Music that reaches a place within us where spoken words do not. Noting that Spacemusic is the only language able to contain his creative aspirations, the album Aludra (70’57”) presents 10 tracks of incremental complexity. Quite comfortable to take in, it provides a soundtrack to new electronic destinations – and the wonderful realm outside of everything else. Aldura spends its tight, polished energy in climactic chords expanding above an arpeggio of fluttering notes – swirling together in a circulation of synthetic sound. While shifting sequencer patterns run through a series of imaginative progressions, heart-felt lead lines unfurl in a rising ribbon of melody. As if upon the workings of some powerful engine layers of bounding electro-blips thicken and brighten in echoing syncopation. The direction of the melody is forward, with every blissful resolution pointing to the bright future this work promises – and the optimism that is its most potent feature. Listeners to Aludra should know that they are going into a realm that is different from that of the everyday. As we enter this world of our own making we must trust ourselves with this music, and our ability to make something interesting, something worthwhile, something comforting, something better than where we are now.

Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END9 April 2020

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: Alien Worlds

Alien Worlds

Alien Worlds

Alluste: Alien Worlds
Released: 24 May 2018
alluste.bandcamp.com

Piero Monachello is a propulsive musicmaker, and knows well how to keep the listener engaged. As Alluste his sequencers fire like the neurological mechanisms behind the mind’s functioning, and help better align thought and mood toward a more positive current. His Alien Worlds (61’18”) may be based on the 1970s Berlin-School, but it narrates from the present. Each work emerges and develops as in a slow gathering of hot blood. Still marveling at the beauty of synthetic sounds, the veteran Monachello sparks reactions and arouses emotions across eight tracks of brain beat Spacemusic. One does not listen to this music so much as drift into it. In a swirl of throwback synthesizers a tumbling latticework of echoing arpeggio notes dance along scales of nocturnal minor key chords. Lush harmonies sigh and whisper their celestial concord, as piano keys play out dramatically under digital reverberation. Full string sections may add warmth and fullness to one composition, as quickly as an ethereal vocal will leave us in a trackless void on another. Animated by the power of melody to convey emotions Alien Worlds stands strong against the harshness and cynicism that tears at the fabric of our world – and reminds us that we all still have our own feelings, questions and fears. While being all instrumental, Alien Worlds somehow manages to speak in a human vocabulary – requiring us to be beholden to something other than our own opinion. If you play this album, then you are agreeing to listen to Monachello’s story. There is a spirit that this music catches you up in, yet it is meant only to serve us – and that which stirs in our deepest of hearts.

Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END30 August 2018

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