ILLUMANADO: EMBRACING AMBIENT SPIRALS WITH CARMEN RIZZO

Just came across this lovely review of my album from a cool street wear music label in NYC. 🙂

 

 

I’m going to write a lengthier article in the near future about how I’m afraid that as I get older, I’ll start listening to less hip-hop, and more calming music like classical and reggae and ambient. I’m 26 years old and the newest EP from ambient artist Carmen Rizzo is the only CD getting any use in my car.

The six songs take you to a spot that you haven’t visited, where people can fly and spells are cast under full moon nights.

The EP opens with rainfall. It continues throughout.

Only two guests appear inside the 27 minutes: Vocalist Cody Mauser who opens the EP with a chilling verse, and producer Nicodxvms who adds additional layers to the cinematic “The Source.” Nicodxmvs gave us the fantastic “Fall From Grace” single for our instrumental compilation and he’s been continuing to work on his craft.

Another track worth mentioning is “Juniper.” Before I became fully familiar with this EP, I always had to check my iTunes or Soundcloud to see what was playing whenever “Juniper” began to play. It would always force me to stop doing whatever it is I do in the depths of the internet, and glance up for a second, just to know that what I’m grooving to is a track called “Juniper”, an instrumental that sounds like something Kanye once considered rhyming over.

The entire EP (Rizzo’s sixth) is a forward-thinking, relaxing piece from a two-time Grammy nominee and all around eclectic artist. Seriously, his Soundcloud profile is one of the more interesting reads. Here are some of the noteworthy credits:

*Engineering for Seal

*Producing and writing for Paul Oakenfold

*Working alongside Coldplay, Dido, and Alanis Morissette

*Hanging out with Moby

Given the above credits, Illumanado is closest to Moby. It’s ambient and it’s soothing (there’s a song called “Torn Under the Quiet Whisper”) and it’s something that will damn near force you to use your imagination and escape to a faraway spot that you’ve only ever seen in your dreams.