Album Review

Discepoli, Massimo – “Parallax” – [Depth of Field]

Thurston Hunger   1/30/2015   A Library, CD

Definitely a cloud-watcher of an album. One (talented) man
ambient album, somewhat unique in the prominent placement of
drums, which is Discepoli’s primary instrument of choice, no
surprise. But his floatational electronics and bass/guitar
work are very graceful, and he’s had previous releases under
the name “Nheap” (Monty Python reference, or a programming
index into a heap?!?!). Hard to call things ambient when
you listen to Discepoli cut loose on “Settling Down”, which
is really the album where he’s most wound up. Even the opener
after some shape-shifting sounds launches into a drum break
that would break a sweat on a jazzbo forehead. Really nice
on that “Simmetry of Night.” Other pieces though are rolling
cymbals and wet waves of hi-hat. Some brush and super echoey
snare, and plenty of anti-gravity keyboards to chill out with.
Lonely guitar in an empty pool on “Above the Electric Clouds”
(see even Discepoli knows…and he has a previous Nheap
release called “Clouds Under the Table”). This CD should come
with a little piece of dry ice that melts as it spins in the
player. Drumbient?
-Thurston Hunger
PS Looks like a different/new Depth of Field than the one that released
Zorn/Previte’s fine “Euclid’s Nightmare”

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