Luca Brunetti is an Italian guitarist, composer and producer who has had a long career and produced a huge repertoire of tracks for television programs, fiction, multimedia. He also recently released Empty Pages. This is more or less a double album containing sixteen songs.
These are instrumental songs and the guitar is usually at the center of the songs. That being said Brunetti does a good job switching things up and introduces different textures, tones and instruments throughout the album.
The album opens with “Down The Hill” which is a jazzy and rock based song. It’s a very warm sounding track which is one of the other words I would use to describe how this album sounds. The guitars on this track are silky but the occasional pads and exceptional drumming also help in creating a lush soundscape.
“Until The End” is a little more melancholy and narrows down on guitar picking. The drums are absent on this song making it feel more pensive as well. “At Night” has a similar mood but it’s a little hypnotic because of the guitar pattern he is playing - a little like a lullabye.
“Travel” is a full arrangement. This song is very atmospheric and the first time on the album where it leans more towards world music. It’s very serene and relaxing. The title track as well as “Don’t Worry” go back into guitar picking mode.
“Lampare” was one of the highlights and also one of the more dynamic songs. It’s still very atmospheric and relaxing but has a decent amount of energy as well. As the album progresses a lot of the attention is focused on single guitar work. Another highlight however was “Before Silence” which is a super clean and jazzy song with some great bass and drum work to support the guitar.
The album is very well produced. I have zero critique in this area. My only critique was the album did feel a little long and may have benefited from ten of the best songs instead of 16, if you’re listening from beginning to end.
Overall, this is a really good album. I would recommend it especially if you’re looking for something soothing and relaxing to listen to.
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