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Lorenzo Senni’s ravishing new album ‘Scatto Matto’ prizes thrilling new music from a teenaged background as drummer for straight edge hardcore bands and a nostalgia for the rush of trance, bringing the tension of his early releases to a glorious conclusion.
‘Scatto Matto’ is a complex love note to the ecstatic, aerobic, and emotional ‘90s and 00’s dance and rock music formative in Lorenzo Senni’s multidisciplinary practice. Its title translates as ‘Check Mate’ and it is the ultimate move in Lorenzo’s triptych of PointillisticT records which began with ‘Quantum Jelly’ in 2012, and arrived on Warp in 2016’s ‘Persona’ and its follow-up ‘The Shape Of Trance to Come’.
Refining a now signature, minimalist No Beat etiquette of crisply melodic arps and repetitive loops, Lorenzo more confidently and cinematically expresses a broader spectrum of feelings, lucidly advancing his style and language of Pointillistic Trance to reap a hugely rewarding album for lovers of emotive, electronic music and contemporary composition. The rapt tension of Lorenzo’s early releases surges out in eight parts where his lavish, romantic virtuosity is tempered by a focussed tactility and tone. Working with his trusty Roland JP8000 and some computer editing software, he pushes his ideas in joyous rushes whose elaborate emotional colours speak to a more self-aware grasp of style.
Between the ebullient opener ‘Discipline of Enthusiam’ and the surprisingly introspective closer ’THINK BIG’, Senni engages himself and the listener in a game push and pull of feelings, epitomised in the melancholy empowerment of anthems like ‘Canone Infinito’ and ‘The Power Of Failing’, and captured in the tongue-in-cheek title and jowly pomp of ‘Wasting Time Writing Lorenzo Senni Songs’. ’Scatto Matto’ may be the last in Lorenzo’s PointillisticT trilogy, but it signifies a broader horizon for his sound, whose soundtrack potential has already been proven in collaboration with Franceso Fantini on ‘The Challenge’ and in the Bandersnatch episode of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror.