Sandro Perri - Tiny Mirrors
Sandro Perri is a familiar face to those familiar with Constellation's catalog, or just quality avant music. His involvement in over 50 projects, over half as composer or performer, speak volumes about his reputation. Tiny Mirrors is his first official full-length under his own name and, much like past efforts, it is a sophisticated, progressive and atmospheric piece of beautiful music.
As a singer/songwriter, Perri has few rivals. Utilizing a mic, guitar and kickdrum, he, alongside an ably-bodied group of improv artists and experienced musicians, gently sews patches of Americana, blues, folk, jazz and avant-garde into incredible pieces of expressionism. Opener "Family Tree" is one of the album's best songs, with a pulsing sax (tuba?) coupled with brushed drums and minor synth notes creating a steady backdrop to Sandro's poetic lyrics and tinny guitar melodies. "Double Suicide" is more on the eclectic side, with two walls of melody that don't quite match shadow boxing in a quiet storm, the literal eye of it. Much of the album feels improvised in the manner of those classic jazz albums, and the production values give the entire record that 'live' feel, very up-front and impacting.
In one stroke, Tiny Mirrors has managed to impress me deeply in it's sophisticated, folk-inspired peaceful melodies and progressive songwriting along with resparking my interest in Constellation's artists. Sandro Perri has been working his way up to this record, a near-perfect agamalation of all his prior work and a hint at a future quite bright indeed.
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