Moonrays by Julian Petrin: Review
The German-Italian artist and composer is back with another mystically ethereal single Moonrays. Following his last single Les Folies, which was released a decade ago, upon hearing the new single one can only say that as a composer he aged like a fine wine.
Petrin’s vibe bridges the gap between neo-classical music and downtempo electronica and is supported by his jazz background. He uses improvisational approaches and subtle patterns to create beautiful auditory landscapes in all of his songs, and it comes through effortlessly in his sound. His current music can be compared to that of musicians like Niklas Paschburg, Grandbrothers, Rone, or Bayonne, as well as composers of film music like Francis Lai or Vladimir Cosma while fusing it with his own passion and musical skill to produce a completely own sound.
The exact brilliance of Petrin’s work is difficult to describe; perhaps it is the gentle production or cinematic aesthetic, but in either case, its beauty is graceful and distinctive, pulling you into a dimension you won’t want to leave. Petrin stands out from many other current instrumentalists due to the way he paints his tranquil melodies on a well-produced background, which has also helped the German musician build a growing fan following.
Review by: Gabe Finch