A Review of Non Sequitur by Andrea Remondini
By Kevin Tshiamala
For today’s last review continuing on our international theme of the World Cup Tournament, we bring you a new release from the Italian classically influenced progressive instrumental synth pop artist, Andrea Remondini with his album entitled Non Sequitur. Remondini has been making music since he was twelve, starting in the mid 80’s. He taught himself how to play the piano and was heavily interested in experimenting with electronic music from an early age. By twenty two, Andrea was working as a staff songwriter, studio musician and sound engineer at an indie dance label in Italy. This exposure allowed him to collaborate with many Italian and Euorpean DJ’s scoring many hits, bringing us to present day and the creation of his own solo album, Non Sequitur.
Non Sequitur is a nonstop continuous album spanning just under forty five minutes. Although one continuous instrumental track, Non Sequitur is a breath of fresh air with coy melodies created through an assortment of instruments and rhythms. Redmondini also does a great job of using crescendos, accents, decrescendos, echoes and of course minimal electronic techniques to his advantage in order to give the album direction, consistency and emotion. Similar to Emancipator or better yet Enya, Redmondini’s music is cinematic in nature, but also retains the true sensibilities of traditional song.
As Andrea states, “As the most important sources of inspiration for my musicianship in general, I would mention the early works by Mike Oldfield and Jean-Michel Jarre. Although my sound is different, their instrumental albums showed me the path and provided a standard of excellence. My inspiration for melodies and arrangements is much more elusive to pinpoint. Sometimes it comes from sound I make on synths. Sound design is one of the activities I enjoy the most, which often sparks melodic ideas. Things that mostly take place in the unconscious mind, I think.” Although this may be stretching what he’s putting down, it is not meant to diminish his succees throughout this album, but Non Sequitur is great music for long distance running. It plays perfectly to the mind allowing the subconscious to flow into a groove, which makes the pain of long distance running in the conscious mind much more bearable.
Non Sequitur also has many up tempo moments and acoustic highlights. It’s an album that takes great patience and a certain level of appreciation on the part of the listener. Non Sequitur by Andrea Remondini is an album that is most definitely worth a listen.
For more information please visit Andrea Remondini’s official website: http://www.andrearemondini.com/ns/index.php?nofr=1