[Review] Christopher Libertino – Cartography

Christopher Libertino is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist and session guitarist, with a career as a composer of soundtracks for films and more. His new solo album “Cartography” was released on February 22, 2022 and contains 9 medium to long length tracks that vary between genres and styles not attributable to Prog Rock. The artist composed and performed all parts of the album, with the support of two guests on cello and strings. The album opens with “Escape Velocity” which begins with an intertwining of electronic keyboards and a rhythmic pumping session. The guitar is the protagonist and the track develops with a linear and engaging drumming and intertwining of modern and electronic sounds. Softer and more elaborate than the previous “Pathfinder” has a background reminiscent of cinematic compositions, always with the guitar at the center of the scene. By alternating more Ambient openings with passages closer to the Rock, the track develops with continuous changes of time to atmospheric stretches and dilated sounds. “The Confluence” is characterized by a rhythmic session with percussion and sounds close to Ambient music in the first part. The track develops with an ethnic theme and modulations of sounds that combine keyboards and guitar, showing the artist’s technique in modifying sounds. A granite and very Rock riff opens “Capture The Flag” characterized by a solid rhythmic session and more Heavy sounds, with the guitar as the protagonist. A prolonged solo accompanies us throughout the piece, intertwining in the second part with electronic keyboard sounds, modulated with experience by Christopher. Blending the more modern and electronic traits with the more Rock side of the artist “Polymath” it develops with good guitar works and a hypnotic and elaborate bass. The plots are intricate and combine the Prog with the most cinematic traits of the artist’s sound, skilled in creating a point of union between the two genres. More dance and Afro-influenced “Johnny,” has an electronic rhythm and ethnic sounds reminiscent of exotic countries. A song to dance to but which differs a lot from Prog or rock sounds in general. “Summer’s Gone” is a track very close to the works as a composer of the artist’s soundtracks, with marked cinematic influences. The sounds are manipulated with experience, with ethereal and dilated keyboards that mix with a minimal rhythm. As the title recalls “The Persian Palimpsest” it mixes guitars and Rock rhythm with oriental influences and long solo textures. The artist shows again an ethnic side of his sound, combining it with more Rock features, with the guitar always at the center of the scene with a long solo that guides us throughout the song. The album ends with “Of Father And Son” a track with a melancholic atmosphere with a background of strings and lead guitar. The orchestral carpet creates the right atmosphere for the extended guitar solo that occupies the entire duration of the track. A listening that differs from the Prog sounds, mixing the cinematic features of the artist’s background with some ethnic passages and others Rock. The guitar is always at the center of the scene, intertwining with keyboard parts and electronic and modern sound modulations. The artist is skilled in combining multiple styles and genres, giving life to an album that showcases his experience in the field of soopre columns and cinematic sounds. A closer listening to electronic sounds and with forays into rock and ethnic and Ambient, the artist’s technique is indisputable.

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Tracklist

01. Escape Velocity (4:24)
02. Pathfinder (7:11)
03. The Confluence (5:51)
04. Capture The Flag (5:11)
05. Polymath (5:39)
06. Johnny (5:19)
07. Summer’s Gone (7:42)
08. The Persian Palimpsest (6:32)
09. Of Father And Son (4:02)

Lineup

Christopher Libertino / Guitar, Guitar Synth, Bass, Keyboards and Programming
Maria Grigoryeva / Violin, Viola
Natalia Nazarova / Cello

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Author: Jacopo Vigezzi

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