Step into the time-bending world of Monstera, the latest album by composer and musician Cirro, also known as Fabrizio Baioni. Released freshly this January 25th, this album lets you explore ancient times through a modern lens. From the vibrant cover art by Andrea Galdo, depicting an ape-like face that delves into primal ages you find yourself pulled in the jungle of the enigmatic, organic, electronic and tribal fusion in Monstera.
Recorded, played, and mixed by Cirro in Macerata, Italy, and mastered by Simone Laurino at “Who Is Dead Studio” in Bologna, Monstera opens with “Bambula.” The opener is a mesmerizing blend of soothing electronic sounds and heavy beats that envelop the listener in a cocoon of tranquility. As the journey progresses, “Tambura” leads us into a sparkly tribal dance, where percussion and moody chants intertwine.
With “Arpia,” Cirro takes us on a Hitchcockian thrill ride, with buzzing synth lines and rattling percussion building tension and anticipation through uncharted territories. As we delve deeper into the album, the penultimate track “Crumar” emerges as a tribal anthem, with organic percussion grounding the song while electronic pulses propel it forward. The warm and comforting soundscapes envelop us, inviting us to surrender to the primal rhythms that pulse through every beat.
“Ultra” finalizes Monstera as an ambient masterpiece, blending warm, comforting tones with swirling haze and glitch. The sixth track also features echoing voices swirl freely in the wind of the music as if they are yelling from distant mountaintops.
From Cirro’s work as a drummer in the Italian independent music scene to his self-produced debut album “Sequoyah Teeth,” Cirro’s passion for music shines through in every note. Listen to Cirro illustrate a breathtaking display of our genetic evolution reestablished through the jungles of Monstera.
Review By: Naomi Joan