Album Review: “Illumanado” by Carmen Rizzo.

Illumanado-cover-4There are probably just a handful of producers whose talent is able to stretch to multiple areas, and do so with remarkable ease. Carmen Rizzo is one of those rare talents. A composer, producer, remixer, DJ and engineer (at least…) able to reach into different areas where his skill and unique musical taste has graced all the way from world music, to electronica, film music, television, and collaborations with world-class acts of the likes of Coldplay, Seal, AR Rahman, Khaled, Michael Nyman, Pete Townsend and many more; and of course, all of this along with his own music releases.

The latest one, a sixth delivery titled “Illumanado”, the double Grammy-nominee proves he remains at the top of his skill, now managing to deliver a chillaxing six-track EP with plenty of ambient influence, that brings the somewhat predictable sound of ambient music, into dream-inviting spheres of sound, which include long time collaborator Jamie Muhoaberac, and recordings made at the Republic of Buryatia, in Siberia.

10891903_10152543502476776_174075184823126382_nAlong with the ever-classy creations he brings, the EP features two tracks in collaboration with Nicodemus in “How I Feel” a track where the smooth vocals of Cody Mauser bring such a sophisticated vibe, and the also amazing “The Source”, both stunning tracks that leave you well-hooked you into this 26-minute EP.

The musical journey goes on with more beautiful sounds in tracks such as “Drifting into You”, and the unique “Torn Under the Quiet Whisper”, a stunning track featuring piano and unique instrumentation of oriental-feel, all before going upbeat with “Promised for Saturday” to close the album.

For those well acquainted with Rizzo’s work, it is a safe assumption that a work featuring his name will be a listen-worthy venture, and “Illumanado” does not disappoint. A unique listening experience, able to drift your imagination into another world. Ambient lovers are definitely in for a treat with this EP.

Essential tracks: “How I Feel (Feat. Cody Mauser), The Source, Torn Under the Quiet Whisper”.

“Illumanado” is availabe on iTunes and Amazon.


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