Daniel Barbiero – Cristiano Bocci – Non-Places
Daniel Barbiero and Cristiano Bocci work in unison to create a hypnotic series of gestures on the eerie otherworldliness of “Non-Places”. With a direct approach the way the two intermingle their work together delves into a strange surreal scope. Elements of their surroundings enter their sonic universe, adding to the sense of surprise that defines much of their territory. By opting for such an approach the duo remains in flux. The found sound at times moves front and center, helping to frame the unusual approach of the duo in creating such compelling moments. Stylistically, the duo runs the gamut from outright classical to electro-acoustic to even elements of jazz. All of this has the utmost degree of freedom in exploring unique aural lands.
“Berlin Subway (Long Hours)” sets the tone of the album, with soft delicate features. Quite resonant, the song possesses an airy quality to it, reflective almost as it drifts up into the sky. Industrial and noise comes together on the surreal “2000 PA Ave (The Symmetrical Stairs) as feedback gives the song an eerie presence. The duo becomes quite ghostly on the laid-back “Bruxelles Gare du Midi”. Completely blurred with its many edits and flows of found sound “Turnpike Suite – 1st Movement Grover Cleveland Stop (Anabasis)” remains truly mysterious. This mystery resolves itself somewhat with “Turnpike Suite – 2nd Movement Walt Whitman Stop (Katabasis)”. Bringing everything to a close with a sense of loneliness is the folksy underpinnings of “Train to Siena”.
On “Non-Places” Daniel Barbiero and Cristiano Bocci explore unusual terrain with the utmost of ease.