Author, foodie, composer, musician and performer, Galliano Sommavilla, has twice already earned our praises, as we’ve previously described his work as, “…music which can inspire beauty. Music which can inspire depth. Music which stirs the heart and yanks lose one’s emotions, causing even the most hardened of hearts to feel something.”
And it’s, “…only through a most excellent ability to execute one’s craft that a work like this can exist. Only thousands of hours with one’s muse can bare fruit of this quality.”
It all began with Rain in My Bathtub, which would ultimately spark a multi-genre vocational metamorphosis resulting in projects such as Galliano’s Original Song A Day For A Year, as well as our recent reviews of the sonically transcendent, One Song and One Song (part 2).
Today’s focus is on the new-age, ambient, electro-experience of the aptly titled, An Ethereal Landscape, a project which sees Galliano joined by guest guitarists, Joey Amenta (Australia), Dragan Stanic (Australia), and Ed Krzyzaniak (USA).
HERE’S WHAT WE DUG MOST…
Like most great music, this album opens with immediate contrast and misdirection in, Air And Water, a 3-part composition with synth-heavy, cinematic, world vibe, and a gorgeous electric guitar solo spanning the final two and a half minutes.
The album’s title track, An Ethereal Landscape, combines layers of intertwined synth tones to a disco style electro-rhythm section. As vocal harmonies weep far in the distance, the experience feels like standing before some high altitude vista in a foreign land. And again, the tasteful and bluesy electric solo at the conclusion.
With its lovely, island-esque ambient guitar melody, A Chilled Sunny Day, meets the high expectation of its name.
OUR FAVORITE TRACK… With soft piano tones playing over a mellow kick & clap, the album’s emotional apex belongs to the profoundly chilled-out, (Let’s) See What Tomorrow Brings.
In the same vein as its predecessor, the drifting, airy melodies in White Light create a wonderful musical backdrop for any creators looking for the inspiration of a relaxed mind.
Check out the dope break and addition of a bit of subtle buzz-saw synth at 3:00, as well as the three-minute electric solo in, The Tribe. Very cool.
A sense of James Bond-like urgency concludes the album on, Tumble, confirming the common world-style thread running throughout the project.
Silky smooth production. Wildly chill. A relaxing step back. A deep breath in. A relaxing breath out. Galliano Sommavilla’s album—the one part electronic, one part chill, one part world—An Ethereal Landscape offers another side of this man’s ability to create respite through his music.
Combining rhythm structures which inspire and motivate, with melodies which relax and sooth, Sommavilla has successfully contributed to one our favorite genres here at The Ark of Music. Electronic, Chill, Instrumental, however you wish to describe or categorize, the album adds real substance to the class.
BELOW: Listen to Galliano Sommavilla’s album, An Ethereal Landscape, and connect with his website and social media platforms. Please support Galliano Sommavilla by visiting him online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing his music, or attending a live show! And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!