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My review on "Subliminal Pulse" CD by Bruno Sanfilippo

Bruno Sanfilippo's landing on sympathetic Californian label Spotted Peccary Music was a really nice surprise for me and also a very good kept secret. Really nice move that can be only much fruitful and challenging for both sides. Bruno Sanfilippo is a very prolific ambient/modern classical composer, born in Argentina, Buenos Aires, but since the year 2000 residing in Spain, Barcelona. "Subliminal Pulse" is Bruno's 11th solo album, but he has on his credit also few collaborations with Max Corbacho and Mathias Grassow and one "Anthology" compilation. From the very first notes "Subliminal Pulse" is a very rich and skillfully sculpted sonic palette floating from slightly melodic ambient ("The Third Geometry", "Santa Luminosa") to deeper space travels ("Intrinsic Fluctuations", "Subliminal Pulse"), from modern classically sounding arrangements ("Spirit Allies", "Slipped Time", "Mantram") through darker minimal experiments with strong environmental feel ("Alchemical Powers") to more monumental sacral texture ("Pulsum Sacrum"). Each composition is crafted with highest precision, incorporated are various fragments like melodic EM ingredients, various distant voices and ethereal choirs, ethnic and modern classical influenced passages, few sonic outbursts and carefully used field-recordings. Surprisingly, this wider variety of sounds and tapestries works together more than effectively, the sonic panoramas are beautifully warm, emotional, joyous and elegant. And when adding crystalline sound quality and nicely fitting digipak artwork, we get absolutely sophisticated piece of electronic music, "Subliminal Pulse" is one of the best 2011 releases so far!!! Muchas gracias, Bruno, for taking me with you to this gorgeously hypnotic and tranquil journey!!!

Richard Gürtler (Apr 03, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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