Talk To The Sea
Music From Memory
Italian musician Gigi Masin has been making music for 30 years or more, part of a small underground scene. His compositions are quiet, introspective, intricate – this is ambient music as approached with a singer/songwriter care and focus. Small worlds of frozen jazz (Redanzen) mingle with stirring, sweeping gestures (the title track).
Here, across two discs, the Music From Memory label offers a broad sweep across Masin’s material, from the moody electronic brush strokes of Little Faith to the Eno-esque First Time Ruth Saw The Sea. There’s the hypnotic wind of the nine-minute Nylon Dollar and the sub 2-minute prepared piano sparseness of Nadir. Always there’s the feel of a cinematic hue – Stella Maris being one fine example, delicate piano voicings layered in and over the soft electronic textures.
Talk To The Sea offers something new – a whole other world of music that’s been quietly, carefully cultivated. And if you’ve been a fan of Angelo Badalamenti’s work for David Lynch’s films that’s certainly one entry point. Pieces like The City Lights have that mix of darkness under the surface, yearning and always a perfectly stretched tension about them.