Art of Survival
Syn•the•sist one who combines diverse conceptions into a coherent whole The music of I, Synthesist (composer/producer Chris Ianuzzi) is indeed a coherent whole that blends the past and present in electronic music. The sound is complex and multi-layered; the songs are classic and accessible. You can call it Electropop: it doesn't take an MFA in composition to enjoy. If the future is a trend worth following, I,Synthesist, is right on-trend for his second full-length release, The Art of Survival. The name is fitting: Through the trendy and the trivial, art survives. Reaching beyond the well-loved synth-pop sound of his first album, Avalanche, The Art of Survival takes a broader dive into modern music. There is a powerful electronic union of persistent beats and thought-full lyrics laced together into memory-sticking melodies and enveloping orchestrations. In the studio and at live performances, Ianuzzi uses classic analog synthesizers as well as cutting-edge digital technologies and tools to - sometimes literally - get his hands on the sonic DNA upon which each song is constructed. Ianuzzi is a sophisticated composer; This album showcases this ability without abandoning his synth-pop sensibility - which is no mean feat. There's music for your head and music to move it to. From the ball bearing ruminations of the title track to the 20-minute electro-symphonic landscape of "The Overlook," these are the contrasts that set the music of I,Synthesist free from any narrowly-defined genre. "Time Machine" is an instantly winning classic, simultaneously electro and balladesque. A killer bassline and the chunky, blocky scrape of a synth glock move the track forward, tumbling it through the whirl of the percussion storm, adding to the thickening mix with each funked-up spin. "Telepathy" slowly rockets into a dance-floor fireworks show. "Anthems" is definitely a departure for I,Synthesist, speaking to ghosts both sonic and human. Profound and simple, it's another example of this album's cerebral appeal - at once enigmatic and compelling. The first I, Synthesist album, Avalanche, was released in 2004. Avalanche received a High Five on the German Alternative Charts. Songs from Avalanche reached the top 10 on the French Alternative Charts. I, Synthesist was invited to play at the 2005 Wave Gotik Treffen festival in Leipzig, Germany after a short European tour. I, Synthesist has also performed at numerous East Coast clubs and venues including the Knitting Factory (with Psyche), and will participate in the 2007 DarkStar festival. Art of Survival is the next full-length release by I, Synthesist. Art of Survival will be released internationally in November 2007.
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