May 21, 2013 NYC
At the end of the last decade, to the collective delight of his fans and the dance press, former Nu-Nrg-ist Giuseppe Ottaviani released his freshman solo album ‘GO!’ A full four years in the perfecting, Ottaviani’s highly anticipated follow-up is here and primed to colour your mind ‘Magenta’. Carrying studio team-ups with fellow tranceologists Ferry Corsten and Aly & Fila, and supported by a stellar chorus line of vocalists (Eric Lumiere, Audrey Gallagher, Linnea Schössow, Lo-Fi Sugar and Seri among them), the trance kingpin’s ready to wow again. Prepare to embrace all the shades, degrees, tones and meanings of ‘Magenta’.
‘Magenta’ stimulates Spirituality… on ‘Stars’ Giuseppe’s supplies the track with one of his trademark high-octane production engines – one that leaves a floor-impression crater-deep. Swedish starlet Linnea Schössow counterbalances its ferocity with a sky gazing, spellbinding vocal arc that stretches to the heavens. Deeper into the album Ottaviani demonstrates that vocal lightning can strike twice as he re-teams with two of his ‘GO!’ album alumni. Stephen Pickup’s vocal on ‘Illusion’ fleetingly splices a rock-ish gene into the album. Backed by Giuseppe’s miasma-like harmonics meanwhile, Faith’s entrancing turn on ‘Nothing Wrong’ burns up the room.
Magenta is Non-conformist… without letting the pace drop for a second, in solo mode Giuseppe expands ‘Magenta’ musical remit. On ‘Cold Flame’ he pumps the distortion pedal hard, working in electro-lining sounds and FX. ‘Feel The Music’ meanwhile riffs off the modulating acidic churn of ‘Hard trance Experience’, climactically boiling its 303 to mercury-popping levels. Elsewhere ‘Waterpark’ provides one of ‘Magenta’s many ‘come-together’ festival moments.
Magenta conveys Balance… the album’s transcendental heartland lies in its mid-section. Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Alana Aldea runs the tone deep on ‘Heal This Empty Heart’, whilst Audrey Gallagher lends her bewitching, highly recognisable Gaelic inflection to ‘Walk This World With Me’.
Magenta Universal… Entering the end-zone ‘Magenta’ lines up its co-pro big guns. Uniting the atomizing studio personas of Aly & Fila and Giuseppe Ottaviani, ‘Brilliant People’ uses beatific, ever-shifting female harmonics to dizzying effect. The album’s closeout sees Ferry Corsten & Giuseppe collectively use symphonic strings and crowd-igniting pitch-bends, artfully interplayed with melodic redolence and air-slicing synths to fashion the infectious future anthem ‘Magenta’.
Giuseppe Ottaviani has delivered the pitch-perfect ‘GO!’ sequel – a consummate long-player whose panoramic studio-ware will draw you in… and keep you there for months. Not simply EDM, but surround-sound, big room-filling 3DM, this summer’s colour… is ‘Magenta’.
Magenta is out on May 27th – pre-order here: http://bit.ly/10RSwvH
01. Rush (featuring Lo-Fi Sugar)
02. Love Will Bring It All Around (with Eric Lumiere)
03. Stars (featuring Linnea Schössow)
04. Illusion (featuring Stephen Pickup)
05. Cold Flame
06. Gave Me (featuring Seri)
07. I Am Your Shadow (with Audiocells featuring Shannon Hurley)
08. Nothing Wrong (featuring Faith)
09. Feel The Music
10. Heal This Empty Heart (featuring Alana Aldea)
12. Waiting On Someday (featuring Vitamin B)
13. Brilliant People (with Aly & Fila)
14. Walk This World With Me (featuring Audrey Gallagher)
15. Magenta (with Ferry Corsten)