Bruno Sanfilippo - Inside Life

Inside Life has got a devotional side to it; one that's not too far away from Popol Vuh's mid 70s output.

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Who said the art of making an album was dead? Inside Life by Bruno Sanfilippo is a great record, and (oh, happy day!) one of those that gets better and better as it goes along. After an unobtrusive (but perfectly respectable) beginning with Sudden Quietness and Freezing Point, the record seems to open like a flower with Camille, courtesy of a mix of ghostly voices, a minimalist, High Church drone that comes on like a Klaus Schultze off-cut from Cyborg, and a Moon & the Melodies piano run. A Door Opens for Ever - a sublime mix of minimalist electronic elements and soaring piano and cello parts - follows; and ramps  up the emotional pressure. The listen is really something else and the two tracks capture you in their combined embrace for a dizzying ten minutes.

It's a ghostly record too; The Place Where Dying Crows has this Mittel Europa, folky feel and sounds like a Teagrass record, or some of the more ghostly investigations undertaken by Hawk & a Hacksaw. There are elements of E'G records too; Tea Leaves at the Bottom of a Cup sounds like the sort of thing Roger Eno and Harold Budd would make in the mid 1980s. And at times Inside Life has got a devotional side to it; one that's not too far away from Popol Vuh's mid 70s output. In other words it's a mind blowingly beautiful record.

Highly recommended.