Boomkat Product Review:
Veteran Sicilian musician Lucio Leonardi pares down his setup to synthesize a meditation on abandonment and loss. RIYL Alessandro Cortini, Grand River, Abul Mogard.
If the One Instrument concept coaxes anything out of artists, it's focus. On "Distanze e Solitudini", Leonardi trains his creative ear on two synthesizers in particular, the Modal Argon8 wavetable synth and the Polyend & Dreadbox Medusa, a hybrid synthesizer and sequencer. Both synths are used separately, but create a harmonic interconnected landscape for Leonardi's vision. On 'Dentro', he uses the Argon8 to softly suggest Wendy Carlos's cinematic baroque treatments, and while the Medusa-led 'Distanze' is sonically different, the widescreen narrative focus is still lashed to Leonardi's compositional style.
Each track drips with an emotionality that betrays a strong inner voice: 'Rincorrere' is tense, anxious and at times terrifying, using rhythmic synth sequences to highlight movement and conflict; 'L'Altrove' is more romantic and pensive, decorated with glissando wails from the Argon8. It's the long-form 'Solitudini' that brings everything together though, using shrill, metallic distortion to enhance the synth's characteristic wavetable timbre.