Corteggiando le messi (2006)
soundscapist Alio Die loves to collaborate, and before getting to one of his
finest solo records to date, let us pause to reflect on a couple of his finer
co-piloting gigs from the past couple of years.
and recorded in 2004-05, with Saffron Wood playing psaltery and zither while
Alio Die provides all other sound via flute, loops and field recordings (plus a
piano sample borrowed from another collaborator, Festina Lente), ‘Corteggiando
le Messi’ is stunning. It actually sounds like the ambient sounds have
been recorded out of the ether without human interference, all very delicate and
fragile. An unobtrusive and meditative suite sweetly soothing without even being
in the neighbourhood of cloying.