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Bruno Bavota

For Apartments: Songs & Loops

    In the early months of 2020, when the COVID-19 outbreak ravaged his home country of Italy, prolific composer Bruno Bavota did what we all would eventually do: isolated and waited. What followed was a year of fear, anxiety, and dread. Eventually, fear gave way to fatigue, and the anxiety metamorphosized into nervous energy. The compulsion to create became more powerful than the compression and weight. And so were born Apartment Songs and Apartment Loops. Representing two separate but intersecting paths of Bavota's creative journey, Apartment Songs is a suite of sparse solo acoustic piano works, while Apartment Loops are expansive explorations for synthesizers and outboard effects processors. Though in theory the two sets should sound disconnected and unrelated - given their disparate creative approaches and instrumentation - it's Bavota's uncanny sense of melody and space that easily unites them as two halves of a singular vision.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Apartment Loop #1 (5:57)
    2. Apartment Loop #2 (6:23)
    3. Apartment Loop #3 (6:48)
    4. Apartment Loop #4 (7:04)
    5. Apartment Loop #5 (7:48)
    6. Apartment Loop #6 (5:56)
    7. Apartment Song #1 (1:28)
    8. Apartment Song #2 (2:53)
    9. Apartment Song #3 (1:45)
    10. Apartment Song #4 (3:14)
    11. Apartment Song #5 (3:12)
    12. Apartment Song #6 (2:01)
    13. Apartment Song #7 (2:59)
    14. Apartment Song #8 (1:22)
    15. Apartment Song #9 (2:37)
    16. Apartment Song #10 (1:28)
    17. Apartment Song #11 (1:49)
    18. Apartment Song #12 (1:51)
    19. Apartment Song #13 (1:50)

    Bruno Bavota

    Get Lost

      Bruno Bavota – the young, prolific Italian composer whose music has often been labeled with earnest, adjective-laden descriptors such as “disarmingly sincere” and “extraordinarily emotional” – has experienced a self-imposed creative transformation over the past few years. Where his early records were pristine, piano-driven expressions of universal themes, his more recent works have found him in a place of thorough meditation and self-examination.

      As Bavota explains, “While at the beginning of my music and career, I focused on crystal clear piano sounds, eventually all the time spent at the piano day after day changed my sense of the piano itself. I started to see the piano like a living instrument.” Get Lost is Bruno Bavota's first studio album since the 2016 release of Il Pozzo D'Amor thrust him into that peculiar world of anonymous but significant success via high-volume streaming playlists and high-profile TV commercials. Il Pozzo D'Amor would be his last album of immaculate, traditional piano music. If Get Lost isn't a complete reinvention, it is at the very least a completely different direction. Rather than obsess over the sound of the piano itself, Bavota now explores the sounds around the piano - the resonance, the silence, and the acoustic ambience of the living, breathing space in which the piano resides. He employs an array of outboard effects pedals and processors to not just capture those sounds that are often overlooked, but to sample, loop, and reposition them as central figures in a story.

      Bruno Bavota gave Get Lost its name when he found himself drifting deeper into the darker side of his music. Inspired by a familiar observation of modern life, Bavota confessed, "I think people are becoming more selfish and don't seem to have time to listen to other people who need to be heard. We don't show much empathy." Much like Bavota's evolving approach to the piano, he has discovered profound purpose and influence in the people and places least visible but most meaningful

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Shelter (2:52)
      2. Attesa (3:08)
      3. Darkest Light (3:25)
      4. The One I Know (3:39)
      5. Sneaking Behind The Falling Sky (3:49)
      6. The Day That You Forgot (3:20)
      7. San Junipero (4:51)
      8. Get Lost (4:11)
      9. Movement (3:21)
      10. Your Eyes (4:11)
      11. (dis)connected (4:26)
      12. Timeless (2:09)

      Bruno Bavota

      Re_Cordis

        RIYL: Ludovico Einaudi, Max Richter, Eluvium, Nils Frahm, Goldmund.

        Bruno Bavota is a young Italian composer and multi-instrumentalist with seemingly boundless potential, and an extraordinary gift for marrying the intellectual and emotional into earnest and profoundly effective songs. Though favorably compared in his early career to another Italian composer, the legendary Ludovico Einaudi, Bavota has found himself increasingly pursuing ways to distort and disturb traditional arrangements and melodies in pursuit of a more distinct resonance. Armed with a plethora of outboard effects pedals and processors, Bavota manually manipulates his songs in real time as he performs - often with his bare hands engaged in a seesaw battle of construction against obstruction. It infuses a genuine sense of tension and forward momentum that makes his work extraordinarily poignant. Recorded live in one afternoon at a friend's studio in Bavota's hometown of Naples, Italy, RE_CORDIS documents many of Bavota's most recognizable and accomplished works as they stand and at this moment in time - ever-evolving musical life-forms that change shape while maintaining their distinctive skeletons. It also introduces his newest work, "The night of," a tense, escalating race of loops punctuated by a series of dramatic chord strikes. The recording is charmingly informal, leaving the sounds of Bavota's physical movements - the shuffling of feet, the triggering of effects pedals, the creaking of stools - present in the mix to mingle with the music. As an exhibition of Bavota's skills as a composer and performer, it's impressive; as a glimpse of what's to come, it's an epiphany. 

        TRACK LISTING

        1. The Night Of (3:15)
        2. Passengers (4:09)
        3. If Only My Heart Were Wide Like The Sea (1:23)
        4. Moving Clouds (3:23)
        5. La Luce Nel Cuore (3:40)
        6. Mediterraneo (3:00)
        7. The Man Who Chased The Sea (4:30)
        8. Les Nuits Blanches (3:47)
        9. Out Of The Blue (2:56)
        10. Il Dito Si Muove Sul Vetro Appannato (4:45)
        11. Amour (3:10)


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