Eraldo Bernocchi — Like a Fire That Consumes All before It
(RareNoise RNR099, 2018, CD / LP / DL)
by Jon Davis, Published 2019-06-16
This collection of music was written for a film about artist Cy Twombly, and is titled after the painting which adorns its cover. Much of what we hear is floating ambient washes of sound, echoing chords with spacious reverberation. Keyboards seem to be the source of much of it, though occasional guitar-like tones appear. A few tracks feature percussion sounds like distant toms or skritchy noises, and a only couple of places use anything like typical rhythm programming. The melodic content, which consists of long, slow lines, is delivered on either piano or guitar, but it’s really the background textures that rule overall sound. Unlike the general run of ambient electronic albums, Like a Fire That Consumes All before It consists of many short tracks, generally in the two to five minute range. Maybe it can be thought of as ambient music for those with short attention spans. In any case it’s lovely, soothing, and bears up to repeated listening — and I’m curious what the film is like.
Related artist(s): Eraldo Bernocchi
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