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4 stars In Matteo Uggeri's creative musical production, this new collaborative album can be considered as the intimate companion of Un'estate senza piogga. In this new effort, Matteo is seconded by musicians and friends such as the guitarist Andrea Ferraris, the cello player Andrea Serrapiglio and Mujika Esel on vocals and piano. The sound geologies reveal an unique medley of cinematic post-rockin ambiences and languorous acoustic dreamlike atmospheres; punctuated by a vast array of concrete microsounds. The eco-acoustic-organic attributes of Uggeri's music are put a step further, delivering sensuous soundscapes. The guitars of Andrea Ferraris are constantly evanescent, fragile and shimmering. The rumbling cello and the abstract piano lines give to the ensemble a touching melancholic mood. All musical ingredients and sound orchestration work like a chamber ensemble. Some compositions achieve a rare level of emotional intensity (Steps on Leaves...) and some distinctive pop-ish melodies (Friend Sleeping... ). A very cohesive album with lof of ideas and introspect moments. More accessible and less experimental than older works, this one can be appreciated by a larger audience. Listen to Autumn Is Coming and you wil discover a symbiotic, expanded, breathy musical experience.
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4 stars "Autumn Is Coming, We're All In Slow Motion" is another collaboration project of Matteo Uggeri and Andrea Ferraris with some other musicians included. I first started listening to Matteo Uggeri's music on "The Distance" and from his participation on the wonderful group effort "Kapnos" by Meerkat, so the music on this album definitely took me by surprise. The two previously mentioned albums were bleak and slightly horrific with tinges of insanity and potential powers of destruction. This album, however, is entirely beautiful.

One thing about Uggeri's music that I've found interesting is his fantastic use of field recordings. It's not a new concept, but I feel like Matteo Uggeri really puts these elements up front, making them feel the same way that lyrics do in other types of music. Footsteps either on gravel or walking through puddles , a wobbly ceiling fan, playing children, bicycles, and birds are a few among the many sounds present on this album, and it really sets the atmosphere. These elements converge amazingly, making this a remarkably organic-sounding electronic experiment. All of these organic elements are accentuated by beautiful and bleak organic instrumentation as well, such as lightly played acoustic guitar, droning accordion, weeping cello, and spiritual percussion.

The music here is almost reminiscent of some of the more mellow recordings in the post-rock genre, but has much more of a mysterious feel that most artists attempt to create but ultimately fail at. This isn't dangerously unsettling or disturbing music, but definitely more of a relaxation type. This album is the sound of human life, and is great for sitting back with eyes closed and a glass of tea, and simply living.

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