Some older EM-fans might have wondered whatever happened to Italian musician Giuseppe ‘Baffo’ Banfi, who’s also former keyboard player of the Italian progressive rock band “Un Biglietto per l’inferno”, after he made three solo albums (two of them produced by Klaus Schulze) and then vanished from the scene.
Well, it appears Baffo devoted himself to the world of video production and post-production in Milan for a long while. In 2010 Mr Banfi eventually ran into Matteo Cantaluppi, an Italian multi-instrumentalist, producer, sound engineer and connoisseur of the ’70’s European electronic scene. This contact made Baffo decide to pick up electronic music again after 30 years, sticking to his old style but using new technology and computers along the expertise of Matteo to achieve an excellent sounding outcome.
The 38-minute “Frontera” turned out a symphonic/electronic work of contemporary and at times even rather groovy EM along crisps, poignant percussive elements. It delivers some clean, melodic and almost “sunny” music overall. On “Fronteravalley”, the outcome is spiced with string and wind instruments offering an even richer sound pallet. In addition, the layered orchestral music incorporates a strong “Italian style” along an occasional Mediterranean and lunar “touch”, even walking the cinematic avenue on “Nuovera”.
All in all, there’s much to like and discover on this album that embraces old school style, melody and true musicianship. Plans are already made to release a follow-up of the album around spring 2017.