On Decorar Silenzio (Decorate the Silence), Italian ambient sound-composer Lorenzo Montanà paints an album of soft undercurrents where the drifts of movement and stillness linger within muted and heavily processed electronic and acoustic instrumentation. With melody and texture, emotion and reserve, the nearly-beatless music is powerful, emotional, mystical, and visionary. Cloistered echoes are uncovered as decorative elements like frescoes hidden under an increasingly elaborate electronic plaster. The light and color blend in continuous combination as senses lose their usual points of reference; time expands and perceptions seem hushed.
The track “Soffuso” (translated as “suffused”) gradually evolves, spreading within a veil of magic. “I feel a sensation of walking without touching the floor,” Lorenzo reflects. “Walking towards a soft light with indefinite contours. The title comes from a small shaft of sunlight that entered my first rehearsal room where I often listened to music. I tried to capture the soft and subtle feeling I felt those years ago listening to albums like Brian Eno and Harold Budd’s Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror — the first ambient album I bought. On Decorar Silenzio I didn’t want to create precise melodies. I wanted to give small decorative touches in a way, filling something in only where I felt the need when silence took over the space. I worked with small melodies that led silence to a more organic dynamism; the musical textures remind me of the environment and the room where — as in a sound art exhibition — every interruption of the silence spreads instinctively as if to decorate the blank canvas.”
From the faraway cello of “Ornato,” to the strings of an old guitar on “Lucifugge,” from the soft mbira mallets of “Soffuso,” to the piano of “Primaombra,” the music is a glimmer of details appearing along a path made of warm pastels and delicate color. The album ends with “Sentiero,” passing from a magical rhythmic atmosphere to the distant notes of a nostalgic waltz.
Lorenzo Montanà is a musician, producer and sound engineer who began his sonic explorations in the early 90s. He published a 5-CD series (Labyrinth) with Pete Namlook of FAX Records and worked as a soundtrack composer whose work landed in the trailer of The Hunger Games 1 & 2, Blade Runner 2049 and more. He’s released 3 solo albums and 2 collaborations on Projekt.