Taking inspiration from a post-industrial landscape, a backdrop of unexpected hope rediscovered in cities such as Manchester, Detroit, Bilbao and De Biasio’s home city of Charleroi, ‘Blackened Cities’ emerges... As De Biasio says, “I don’t think anyone, including me, was expecting a 25-minute piece which wasn’t a successor to ‘No Deal’, or anything other than a collection of new songs. I followed what the music told me, like a gut feeling.”
The ensemble create an emotive and sensuous presence, coming into earshot on a ripple of orchestration patiently awaiting De Biasio’s introduction. The rhapsody that froths and foams for nearly half an hour surpasses the song format. ‘Blackened Cities’ rolls and swells with both a physical sensation and intimate journey encapsulating the instantaneous origins of its birth, undergoing minimal post-production, as De Biasio adds; “everything or almost everything was there in that collective moment on autumn afternoon.”
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