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Artist: Michael Laurello
Label: Ravello Records
Release Date: 09 September 2016

Composer Michael Laurello offers a personal and refined style marked by rhythmic invention, visceral directness, and earnest emotional depth. His music reflects his diverse stylistic influences, which include Western classical music, jazz-fusion, progressive rock/metal, and EDM/IDM. Intricate polyrhythms, high-energy grooves, and a sophisticated harmonic palette are distinctive features of his music...

Rose is an interesting classical album which plunders the rich pool of musical genres from jazz to rock. It's also an album that you can listened to and take much away from, whatever mood you're in.

The album contains 5 tracks (29 min, 06 sec) with the end result working incredibly well. From the chaos into order transformation of the opening 'Big Things', to the sweetness and perfection of 'Tell Hope Everything You Hear', which slowly descends into glitchy, uncontrolled confusion, this is an album that will sound differently to you the more times you listen to it, reflecting your mood at the time.

'Rose' (for clavinet, synthesizer, and electronics) represents a nostalgic homage to ’80s pop, but brought kicking and screaming into the here and now. In fact, that's the overall feeling a came away with from this album, that Laurello wanted to take little snippets of nostalgia and bring them back to life for a more modern audience. The close of 'Rose' reminded me of The BBC's Radiophonic Workshop's output in the '80s.

If I had one complaint... it's not long enough. I could have listened to way more of Laurello's compositions.


Darren Rea

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