Sandro Perri – ‘Impossible Spaces’

Review by Andrew Sisk

The aptly named Impossible Spaces is the score for anyone venturing to new places. It is a landscape dotted with new architecture, vague resemblances of familiar forms found amongst rolling bossa nova hills or urbane cadenced plains. Arranged horns, flutes and synths glow like lens flares on snapshots of far away coastlines. Medium in constitution, the album is a vibrant palate of steady contemplative compositions. Feeling more composed than written (is there a difference? You know what I mean.) Sandro Perri is glinting with maturity and awareness.

Foreign moods, escalating arpeggios, sporadic brass, rumbly analog circuitry and warm vocal harmonies make the 10 minute song “Wolfman” fly by like fond times; gone too quickly. The album opens with “changes” which after a tone setting introduction plays out and out, plodding along in a radiant pilgrimage.

To label this music as something like “Orchestral smooth pop” would be a travesty to the sum total of it’s parts, even though all of those elements are here. Not to be confused with “World Music” or “Jazz Rock”, it is modern and contemporary and deserves to be revisited by listeners. An artful mindfulness is applied to it’s construction, experimental without the folly of inexperience.This album feels like a refreshing vacation from musical confines. Can music confine? I don’t know but it can certainly liberate which feels like the essence of this work by Sandro Perri.