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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Giorgio Tuma, Pop Junkie review

Around this time last year I got obsessed with the Magic Theatre album London Town . I couldn't get through a day without hearing its gorgeous melodies and majestic orchesteral flourishes. Summer evenings in 2011 could well belong to the Italian Giorgio Tuma whose new album In The Morning We'll Meet turned up on Spotify the other day.

In many ways it has a lot in commoun with The Magic Theatre album. They are both hugely ambitous, display a deep love of 60s pop, soft rock and classy easy listening and are a perfect accompaniment to a quiet summery evening.

Giorgio's album, which he has created with a rollcall of collaborators, is a little more laid back and absorbs a wider array of influences. The spectre of Brian Wilson hangs over several of the tracks while the short orchestrated pieces nod at Ennio Morricone and Michel Legrand. There are touches of Tropicalia and a couple of the songs, like lead track New Fabled Stories, hint at Moon Safari era Air. I am also reminded of Marden Hill, whose quirky, easy Euro instrumentals were one of the best things that El Records released in the 80s.

The best part is that as it moves from female vocal to short jazzy instrumental and on to more strident male vocal it still hangs together so beautifully.

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