It's amazing what musical results can be achieved with a simple keyboard, a guitar and a PC loaded with software. Italian musician Marco Galletti has crafted his own CD of '8 musical suites' as he calls them, by basically taking the minimalist approach with most of the music on La Luce Che Illumina I Sogni. What's even more interesting is that although he has taken this approach with his music, he didn't lose any of the heartfelt emotion in his songs. A lot of times albums of a synthetic nature tend to sound robotic and feel cold, Galletti has avoided this by using the technology available to him to create lush symphonic pieces that reflect his many different influences.
At times the music on this CD takes one back to the days when some of the best electronic music relied on a more simpler approach and technical feel to get it's point across, bands such as Kraftwerk come to mind. Galletti has obviously absorbed some of the main influences from his native Italy such as PFM and Ennio Morricone but at the same time a lot of western progressive influences such as Pink Floyd and Genesis shine through as well on this disc. The title track is a 7 minute epic which is probably my favorite track on the whole album. It's piano driven with a large amount of symphonic orchestration which captivates you for the first 3 minutes before Marco's voice kicks in. Which brings me to another point; his vocals which are interspersed throughout the 8 songs are all in Italian, but his voice on tracks such as this are full of a soothing calm which suits the musical accompaniment perfectly. Now I just need to take a Berlitz course to brush up on my Italian to know exactly what he's singing about.
Galletti has really delivered a mixed bag of a CD which is full of songs with varying styles but I think this the main strong point of the CD as a whole. Even when taking a simpler approach, like he does in the song "Nell'infinito Cielo" which is so basic but at the same time so damn catchy, he manages to pull it off nicely. My only complaints if there are any would be the definite lack of guitar, I think some of these songs would maybe have benefited from a little more six string presence. Also some of the songs do tend to go on a little long and the time difference could have been made up by including an extra song or two. Still these are minor complains and overall I'd have to say this is rather impressive CD and I think Marco Gallettti has not only a lot of talent to offer but a lot of promise as well.
1. E Vorrei (And I Wish)
2. La Luce Che Illumina i Sogni (Light Enlightening Dreams)
3. Punti Indefiniti (Undefined Points)
4. L'Aria Che Respiri (The Air You Breathe)
5. Abbracciandoti (Embracing You)
6. Questa Luna (This Moon)
7. Nell'infinito Cielo (In The Infinite Sky)
8. Ritorna Il Sole (The Sun Is Back)