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Given the rise in popularity of horror soundtracks over the past year or two, artists like Umberto suddenly find themselves transformed from retro fetishists to hypermodern visionaries, versed in the mysterious language of the synthesizer.
This record I’m listening to now was supposed to be out last Halloween at the same time as one on Rock Action, but sadly delays left the release schedules a little less coordinated than planned. Regardless, the LP grooves with more chilled out electro-disco beats and pulsating horror synths from this master of suspense, treading the line between shuddering Carpenter dread and groovy Goblin funk with seemingly effortless style.
The press release says that “What instantly distinguishes this new album from the previous two is its ominous, slow-burn compositional model, building its evil temple brick by brick, basking in the tension of each new chiming, Carpenter-esque synth line or monkish doom Om for multiple measures before stirring the next substance into the cauldron” and now I’ve read that I can’t think of a better way to put it without paraphrasing. There’s less stop-start spook-outs and horror synth stabs and more night-drive grooves and subtle shifts in texture, but the horror film vibes remain at the fore. I’m still yet to hear a bad record from this lad.
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