Carlo De Filippo is one half of Italian dark folk duo Oniric. With this solo release, he nudges towards romanticism and classical music. Yet, these aren't just cute little piano and strings tunes, these are well-written pieces of modern classical music, aided by influences from downtempo electronics and even post-rock. The result is a sweet album, gently and soothing, something for the romantic souls out there.
I'm often reminded of people like Sebastian Plano or Olafur Arnalds when I listen to songs like title track 'Di Indomito Incanto' or 'Talune Nostalgie'. These drive on playful piano and atmospheric strings while some percussion adds a sense of tempo. Often the percussion sounds quite electronic and on other occasions it sounds pretty analog. The latter seems to turn 'Del Perduto Eco' into a bit of a post-rock anthem, which is very nice indeed.
On the other hand, 'Struggenza in Re Minore' feels very medieval and folkish. It reminds me of the music on some of those fairies and elves festivals which former goths love to attend. At times, perhaps the whole sounds a bit lovi dovi, something I'm not always a big fan of. However, it makes this album perfect as a soundtrack for your Valentine's day activities. Besides, 'Velo d'Oblio' is a great piece of work, rhythmic and uplifting.
In all, no this isn't something for the dark souls out there. This music is something for people who still value emotions like love and romance. We all need more love in our lives, not only for our significant other but also for the entire world surrounding us. Music like this can certainly help, so yes, I will recommend checking this out.