It seems that Arrizza
and I have several things in common, two of them a love for all things to do
with Space and Space travel, and the amazing talents of the late but great Isao Tomita. Here on this latest release
entitled Astronomia, he explores
both of those narratives sublimely and produces a truly memorable album in the
The opening foray of music on Occultation is a wonderful pleasurable
experience, and is a mixture of electronica mixed with a global vibe that caressed
my ears; I felt it was akin to having both Jean
Michel Jarre and Incendio playing
in my room at the same time, an experience very much appreciated indeed.
The second track was another one of those coalitions of
commonality between the artist and me, a piece of music inspired by both of our
favourite star systems in Orion. Constellation is a huge piece
beautifully performed, a powerful repetitive back synth vibe can be found here,
but one that drives the craft smoothly, and doesn’t overwhelm the integrity of
the overall piece, this is a fast upbeat electronic musical landscape of music
at its very best.
Astronomia by Arrizza is an in-depth and vast body of 11 tracks for the listener
to enjoy, if your heart has been embraced by the stars, then this one’s for you,
and contains such masterful works as Around
the World (Globetrotter), an all-encompassing opus of tone and timbre, and Escape Velocity, where the beat is
undeniable, and headphones a must.
A personal gem for me would be Space Surfing, from the beginning it truly took me back to the
80’s, where drum machines were king, and synths ruled the landscape, but there
was also a beautiful smoothness to this piece that really took the listener on
a journey too, with its ever onward progression and powerful sense of forward
movement, also we must add a big tip of the hat to rock guitarist Brian Schurr for his outstanding
performance on this creation.
There can be no doubt that this is an album of a sublime
quality, and tracks like First Light
were simply breath taking to behold, the opening of this song reminded me
hugely of a certain piece that came from a decade earlier in its essence, and
included Mark Barnwell shining like a
crazy diamond on guitar, and those quite emotional to hear again synth whistles
of Tomita, all safely ensconced in
one of the most amazing tracks from the album.
Astronomia by Arrizza is a musical space voyage of memorable proportions, created
by the man in the captain’s chair himself, Arrizza;
these 11 compositions each have their own tale and narrative for the listener
to enjoy, either on their own, or as a collective creation, one thing is for
sure, the artist has manifested something here that has been born from the love
of eternal space, and his passion for electronica, and it shows, with a
wonderful manifestation that he should be incredibly proud of.