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Album Preview - Rinnovare - Aperturia

Aperturia, the title of modern classical/ambient composer Matteo Neufeld's new EP translates to "opening," which is apt, as each of the four tracks feel like daylight beaming through the crack of an ajar front door, gradually spreading across a room and filtering through disturbed dust. Here, Rinnovare (Neufeld's alias), uses string orchestration and textural ambiance to effectively build full sounds which emanate warmth, but also convey a sense of melancholic nostalgia.


Opening track, Fluor, begins with soft ambient tones before building via stringed swells and a drum rush, finally retreating back through ebbing horns. Neufeld carries the melody with a Rhodes on Sunlit Prayer, as Zach Condon-style horns bubble up in the background. The third track, Entering, Unseen, highlights violinist and cellist Chloe Davidson's vital contributions, which are present through the EP. Finally, the final (and this writer's favorite) track, Children of Light, kaleidoscopes toward a climax, much like the version of Von found on Sigur Ros' Heima. Both tracks are beautiful, and both ache with desiderium - a longing, as for something lost.


Aperturia was superbly mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri (Julianna Barwick, Grouper, Eluvium), and is out this Friday. Be sure to listen in, as it is one of the best EP's of 2020, and a beautiful release from a rising artist.