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Massimo Discepoli — The Right Place on the Wrong Map
(DOF, 2018, CD / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2019-10-10

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Following on the lovely Parallax (2014), Italian drummer and multi-instrumentalist Massimo Discepoli brings us The Right Place on the Wrong Map, another set of intriguing tracks built of minimalistic music with jazzy drums. The instruments consist mainly of keyboards, focusing on expansive pads with occasional piano (both acoustic and electric) sounds, bass guitar is credited but hard to make out in the wash of ambience. In some ways, a good comparison is to think of Cluster with a jazz drummer added. Discepoli definitely adheres to a variety of less-is-more esthetic here, concentrating on mood more than action, atmosphere more than energy. He strikes a good balance between meditative calm and reserved motion, rather like a musical equivalent of tai chi. Most of the pieces are built up of repeating patterns, but they’re not sequenced (at least not obviously so) and appear on piano or marimba-like sounds rather than classic synthesizer tones. There are also enough variations to convince the listener the parts are being played by human hands and not a machine. The Right Place on the Wrong Map presents an appealing variation on ambient music that can sustain either active or passive listening.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): Massimo Discepoli (Nheap)

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http://massimodiscepoli.bandcamp.com/album/the-right-place-on-the-wrong-map

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