Two years after Avanti and one after the collaborative album with Lawrence English, Italian musician and artist Alessandro Cortini announced the release of a new solo album. Volume Massimo is out on September 27th via Mute Records. “Amore Amaro” is the first excerpt. According to the press release, it takes flight, journeying into a meditative process that gently twists time and memory in its wake with a deftly arranged ensemble of synthesizers saturated with sonic artefacts.

Often the foreground is luscious, and hints at Cortini’s pop sensibilities, as the background takes us down a vast melancholic maze. Perhaps surprisingly, his latest work is interspersed with guitar motifs that act as a subtle punctuation for the oneiric landscapes that shimmer before us.