– THE QUIET RIOT –
Italian trumpet virtuoso Tiziano Bianchi returns with some typically cerebral and somewhat melancholic fare from his new album, Relate.
The record is produced by Japanese-American trumpet legend Tiger Okoshi and Grammy award-winning guitarist Bill Frisell, so he’s in good company.
The man who once covered Radiohead’s Knives Out is back, as sharp as ever.
The album’s penultimate track, Nin-Com-Pop is a cover of early 2000’s dreampop / shoegaze band Lali Puna and what’s great about Bianchi’s version is that, despite losing the vocals and adding considerably more busy, jazz-inflected instrumentation (especially towards the end), the song loses none of its lyricism nor its essential song-like qualities.
The sincere sadness of the original comes seeping through the strings, the sweetly chiming keyboards and, of course, Bianchi’s own beautifully inter-mingling trumpet lines.
Musically, the track sees him bleeding in the electronic influences in ways he only really hinted at on his last album, 2016’s Now and Then, which makes for an intense and alluring listen.
It’s a track to lose yourself in, to languish in and linger lovingly over.
Relate is out now through Dot Time Records.
MORE FROM THIS WEEK’S MIX
KOJEY RADICAL: CAN’T GO BACK
RAPHAEL SAADIQ: SOMETHING KEEPS CALLIN’
SEBA KAAPSTAD: AFRICA
P.S. You can find all of the tracks reviewed above in the 45 Revolutions per Minute playlist below or click to access the 45 RPM Playlist on Spotify itself.
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– SV –