Richard Barbieri's new album is out now and we're so proud to have been part of this amazing work!
Legendary Japan and Porcupine Tree keyboardist Richard Barbieri releases his most sonically expansive work to date, with a brand new album entitled Planets + Persona. It is the third Barbieri solo album, but the first to feature such a wide pallet of instrumentation. Recorded in London, Italy (here in Forward Studios!) and Sweden, this is Barbieri's most ambitious solo work to date with a central theme of duality that runs through the album. The title alone - "Planets and Persona" alludes to this, and the dialectic theme is a constant throughout the contrasting and shape-shifting sounds of the album.
Vintage analogue synthesizers combine with acoustic performances and jazz elements. Twisted voices are always present, though not in a language we can recognize. Barbieri skilfully utilizes the talents of a pan-European core of musicians to produce an album that marries synthesized sounds with organic instrumentation to conjure up vivid, colourful and allusive soundscapes. It's a skillful commingling of texture and tone, mood and musicality.