It can be difficult to stand out as an artist in the world of highly orchestrated instrumental rock, not least because of how easy it is to fall into the clichés of repeated soft and loud arpeggios, as well as epic breakdowns and build-ups that usually are so synonymous with the genre. The most lauded pioneers of this musical idiom have transcended these limitations through radical experimentation and creativity with textures and tone as well as pushing the boundaries of songwriting and structure, but those bands are exceptions rather than the rule. Those following in their wake have been left with the daunting challenge of being original in a sonic context that can often tend towards homogeneity, as well as one which is oversaturated with artists desperate to be heard.
Over the last couple of years, Italian composer, Lorenzo Armando Aldo Bazzoni has emerged as one of the few acts capable of standing out from the rest of the underground instrumental rock and neoclassical crowd, all the while staying true to the roots and traditions of the genres’ sounds. His latest release, “Nature’s Hymn”, turns its attention to the planet’s nature and climatic issues. “I wanted to make a very short piece that could represent the feelings I personally have towards this topic,” explained Bazzoni.
With a noticeably more withdrawn and somber emotional landscape compared to previous releases, “Nature’s Hymn” is a delicate and reflective work, which remains dynamic and exciting. The dynamic movements are less stark and yet leave a deeper impression because of the Lorenzo Armando Aldo Bazzoni knack for building tension with the lush textures that spread across both the string sections and the percussive parts.
Though this slightly gentler approach takes center stage throughout “Nature’s Hymn”, it only serves to make the forceful orchestrated breakthroughs all the more striking. The focus on textures and brief minimalist solo passages, give the climaxes an impact that strikes just as deeply as any other moment in Lorenzo Armando Aldo Bazzoni’s discography. It is moving and deeply evocative, reasserting the reasons why some people love this type of music so much.
“Nature’s Hymn” is beautiful, for the most part, with the graceful timbre and pretty stings adding a lot of loveliness to the overall sound. Yet the track has a darker side as well, as ominous chords and crashing melodies add a bit of chaos and dissonance to the beauty. There’s multiple melodies layered upon one another, and the ambiance that dominates the recording adds an interesting glow to the entire piece. It’s a fascinating dichotomy, which describes the many contractions and challenges, our planet faces on a daily basis.
“Nature’s Hymn” is a gorgeous experience and another outstanding achievement, especially when taking Lorenzo Armando Aldo Bazzoni’s proven track record into account. Connect on Google, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook @Lorenzo Armando Aldo Bazzoni