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Review: 'GRI, FRANCIS M.'

-  Label: 'Krysali Sound'
-  Genre: 'Ambient' -  Release Date: '27th November 2016'-  Catalogue No: 'KS15'

Our Rating:
Francis M. Gri was born in Switzerland in 1982 but now lives in Italy. He says his fourth solo album, released on his own label, is his most minimal to date.

The care devoted to the music continues to the handmade packaging which is a thing of beauty in itself - a buff cardboard envelope containing the CD and a blurred polaroid snapshot of what looks like an office environment. Like this image, for this artist mood is more important than clarity.

The seven electro-acoustic instrumental tracks feature meditative synthesized textures interspersed with graceful piano and guitar notes and background noises recorded in Milan, Geneva and Edinburgh.

Gri describes it as "the exploration of new vibrant waves and evocative landscapes as intimate pure sources of inspiration".

Like watching the ebb and flow of waves on a calm ocean, the effect is gentle, unhurried and soothing.

Krysalisound website
  author: Martin Raybould

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