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Classical progressive synth is not a type of music most are used to hearing, for Italian musician Andrea Remondini, it comes naturally and beautifully. At the age of 12, Andrea Remondini taught himself how to play the piano, from there he would begin to play around with electronic music on computers and whatever other equipment he could allocate. When he was 22, Remondini started working at an indie dance label in Italy, while there he would collaborate with other musicians and was a critical part of multiple chart topping tracks. However, this line of work did not fulfill his musician side. He left the label and created a recording studio to follow his inspiration into something more personally honest; the birth of Non Sequitur.
For many, Andrea Remondini is the type musician they are not used to. There are no separate tracks and no vocals across the entire album. However, this is due to how the music delivers messages. Non Sequitur is not trying to be a dance album, it is not trying to top the charts, it is exploring an emotion through a journey of musical tension and climax. As the album continues, it changes constantly, creating a soft mood to later build upon it and transform it into an epic movement of classical and synth fusion. It is different, in a good way.
As a quick note, a non sequitur is when a conclusion does not follow the premise, it relates to a heavy disconnect in the situation. A simple look at the album cover demonstrates this before even diving into the 44 minute long track, “Non Sequitur.” As a genre, it is challenging to pinpoint Non Sequitur because it makes use of elements seen in very different types of music, like classical orchestra and Eurodance club music.
Following a standard of excellence, Remondini aims to create an album unique in its presence and tone. According to him, “Sound design is one of the activities I enjoy most…” This becomes obvious and patterns begin to emerge through the album, the reusing of notes gives the listener a sense of familiarity and comfortability, even during the first listen and the pacing is accentuates this.
Those that listen to the whole album will find that it is easy to get distracted or forget about the music. At times, the goal of the track is to slow down, to become comfortable and at ease. The calming slowdowns make the album excellent and soothing background music. For some, Non Sequitur will feel less like an album and more like a movie or video game soundtrack. That isn’t a bad thing, or even too far off the mark, as this experience is a long and moving one.
Released on May 29, 2014, Andrea Remondini’s debut album, Non Sequitur may not be the music you bump on the way to work, but maybe it is the music you play when taking it easy with some friends, or while enjoying a drink. The album stands as excellent background music that pulls you in for a quick epic moment and then releases you of its spell only to call upon you 15 minutes later. Those without an open mind will find this album lacking and dismiss quickly, but those willing to open up and drink it all in can expect a smooth and magical journey.
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