LAND is an Italian electronic act. The band consists of Folco Fornari (drums/programming/ electronic percussion), Max Simonetti (vocals), Nik Nicolini (synth/programming/bass/guitar) and Emy (live vocals/keyboards). Down By This River is their latest album.
The band mixes into their electronica soundscapes a vibe filled with live instrumentation. This is key to their organic sound. LAND isn’t just a futuristic act. They also have their eyes on the past with inspirations from the ‘80s. Channeling a new wave vibe on many of their compositions, the band retro-styled fittings shows a group willing to experiment with more modern and evolving technological improvements while also looking back at sounds and styles that inspire them.
Down By This River gets moving with the title track, where some keys course through this track. Eventually, more electronic modes come in with shimmering and glitch-y moods. The vocals give off a cool vibe. The sound that came across was very accessible and fresh to my ears. Cascading beats waver overhead on “Hateful,” as sizzling synths are featured in the backdrop. Simonetti’s vocals are executed in a spoken word-like performance creating a stream of consciousness feel. On “Anyway,” shooting arrays of flaring synths create a synth-pop and new wave feel. The vocals felt very inspired by the ‘80s era but were overpowered by the heavy synths so much so that I could barely make out what the lyrics were saying.
Heavy synths make its way on “D.B.T.R. (A ray of light).” As the line “a ray of light” is repeated throughout the course of this song, the synths and beats have a very futuristic approach that felt like it could be from a movie like Tron. Oscillating vocals come in and out of this track. It heightened a very off-kilter and eerie feel. “Hateful (daily rework)” contains a grittier vibe than the original as industrial, metal-edged vibes get loosened. Shooting flaring synths sound off on “Down By This River (electrified).” Next, a drumming beat struts in as the vocals conjures a very retro ‘80s vibe. This remix felt more powered by a more organic sound as it filters in sounds of both drums and guitar and is a great way to close the album.
You can tell the band members are invested in the sound as they throw themselves into the throes of the music. The vibe and energy, felt throughout this recording, is not something that is easy to fake. They play with the appeal and experience of friends having the pleasure of jamming together. With a sound leaning into electronic, downtempo, new wave and trip hop, be sure you have a listen to LAND today!
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