Boomkat Product Review:
The year starts for us at CCO with the debut release from Donato Wharten - born in Cardiff, Wales and and raised in Stuttgart, a master of theatrical music pieces and soundtrack work that just doesn’t stop tugging at your subconscious. With influences that very openly span the spectrum of styles from Hip Hop to Jazz to the rock of Hendrix or the minimalism of Vladislav Delay, Donato works on a level that speaks largely to the soul as it fades away in the midnight hours, slipping into somewhere else. Without trying to describe the tracks in detail and bring up boring overused metaphors, ‘Trabanten’ finds its sounds in broken machines and secret instruments, building feather-lined melodies and lullabies that have taken years to sculpt, forming their own timeless narrative. This is the sort of album that defies its complexity by speaking a subtle universal language – much in the same way that ‘The Books’ endeared itself to so many – you’re never quite sure how to describe this magical music you’re listening to, but somehow it all makes sense. This is very personal music, switch the lights off and keep it very very close to your chest. Gorgeous.