WHAT YOUR EARS SAY & THE COVER LOOKS LIKE
WHAT WE SAY
Serene Sunday sounds from Santilli for Growing Bin Records, as he anchors New Age vibes and organic ambient warmth to gentle animistic percussion, lest they dissipate to become one with the universe & escape beyond the range of human hearing.
WHAT THE RELEASE NOTES SAY
Keeping his carbon footprint at a minimum, Santilli sails from Sydney to Hamburg via ten textured vignettes delicately drawn with guitar, bass and organic percussion. Relaxing, reflective and endlessly beautiful, ‘Tidal’ explores elemental inspiration through a humanistic gaze.
Whether you know Max Santilli through Ken Oath duo Angophora, previous releases ‘Surface’ and ‘In Circles’, or this is your first time making his acquaintance, you’ll agree he’s right at home on the Growing Bin. The multi-instrumentalist crafts exquisite acoustic music in tune with the finer moments of Windham Hill and ECM; a perfect fusion of talent, balance and the emotion shared by each release on the Hamburg label.
As befits its inspiration ‘Tidal’ is an organic affair, related through bright acoustic guitar, hazy chimes and hand played percussion. Where the Australian draws you in with hypnotic repetition, the subtlety, warmth and tonal variation serve as a welcome reminder we’re living off grid. Though expert fretwork often takes centre stage, especially on the delicate B1 ‘Warm You Give’, it’s the blend of kalimba, woodblock, hand drums and shaker which truly transport the listener through open waters; a rhythmic breeze carrying us through the maritime drones and bowed squall. At times the salt air is spiced with cardamom and cloves (‘Sea’) or lemongrass and galangal (‘Valleys’), as we skirt the Indian Ocean or the Java Sea. ‘Lapse’ provides subtle hints of fourth world jazz as mallets take the lead, leaving the guitar to provide its own shimmering texture.
Clear your mind, clear your schedule and make some time for ‘Tidal’, an opportunity to breathe in time with the planet.
CreditsAll instruments* are played and all tracks are written, produced and mixed by Max Santilli at home.
*Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Bow, Juno 6 Synthesiser, Roland Rhythm Composer,
Drums, Congas, Tabla, Bongos, Udu, Kalimba, Cymbals, Bells, Shakers, Chimes, and other misc percussion.
Mastered by Sergey Luginin @ Luginin Studio in Moscow
Distributed by wordandsound from Hamburg
Sales notes by Patrick Ryder
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