More commonly known as the keyboard player for Italian progressive rock legends Celeste, Ciro Perrino has also been a pretty prolific solo artist throughout his career. Planets is the recently unearthed recordings from 1979 that Perrino originally submitted to his record label as part of his 'Solare' project, but the music was rejected as being 'too spatial'. Now here in 2019, where it's easier than ever to release anything under the sun, Perrino has made Planets available on Mellow Records for everyone to enjoy his original musical vision for these recordings. Comprised of nine tracks, each one named after a planet in the solar system, Ciro utilized his collection of vintage keyboards (Mini MOOG, ARP 2600, ARP Sequencers, ARP Omni-2, Mellotron M400, SOLINA, EMINENT 310-Unique, Synthi EMS/AKS, and EKO Computerrhythm) to create lovely soundscapes that drift and soar, elements of prog, space rock, and new age running through each piece. "Jupiter" is just goergeous, while the two part "Saturn" (one for the rings, one for the planet itself) is pure ear candy for headphones, synths & sequences fluttering and blipping in delightful fashion. The futuristic sounds of "Uranus" bleeds into the haunting synth washes of "Neptune", musical delights happening every step of the way as the album moves from track to track.
Though Planets might not be for every musical taste, those who love spacey synth soundscapes will find lots to love here with this treasure from the vaults. Thanks to Ciro Perrino for making these fascinating recordings available for all to enjoy.
Saturn (The Rings) 04:28
Saturn (The Planet) 06:30