Recording information: 2014/2015.
The second full-length by Italian techno producer Dino Sabatini continues further down the mystical trail of his previous releases such as both Daughter of Phorcys EPs and his full-length debut, Shaman's Paths. On Omonimo, he drops the tempos significantly, stepping far outside the club and taking an unhurried walk through nature. The album is a flashback to the '90s ambient techno released by labels like Instinct and Waveform Records, and it constantly maintains a lush yet spacy quality. Tracks like "Choosing the Right Way" have softly pulsating rhythms and slightly forlorn atmospheres. Sabatini's productions always have swirling, layered textures to them, and it often feels like there are strange lost voices calling out beneath the waves of pianos and synth pads. He also tends to use a lot of non-electronic percussion sounds such as tablas or other hand drums. Two of the album's tracks feature Italian jazz pianist Antonello Salis, although his delicate piano ripples seem a bit buried in the mix. "The Untold Story" seems to have a very subtle drum'n'bass influence in its approach to rhythm and gliding bass, and it feels slightly more urgent than most of the other tracks. While it might seem chilled out and relaxing at first glance, Omonimo is actually an album of intense personal reflection, sorting through piled-up emotions and pondering at length where to go next. ~ Paul Simpson