Lucio Barbarino is an artist from Dennis, Massachusetts, who recently released The Blue Evenings. According to his Bandcamp page he more or less did everything DIY style including the mixing and mastering.
In this captivating opus, one is entwined with the essence of humanity, as the album's organic resonance graces our eager ears. At its core, the artistry of songwriting pulsates like a beating heart, its raw authenticity unfurling through every note. While this album may eschew the allure of cutting-edge production, it harmoniously finds its place within the tapestry of sounds.
Drawing inspiration from the golden era of ’50s pop sensibilities and the soulful embrace of ’60s folk, the songs reverberate with nostalgia and a timeless charm. Here, the magic lies not in flashy embellishments but rather in the sublime fusion of pristine recording and virtuosic musicianship.
This album to my ears is very organic and human sounding. At the heart of this album is the songwriting. There’s very little in terms of cutting edge production but it would sound out of place here. For instance, I picked up on ’50s pop sensibilities with a lot of songs as well as ’60s folk and all you really need with that in my opinion is a good recording and exceptional musicianship.
The opening song “really close” is under a minute but a great intro. It has an orchestral quality and takes you into the general direction of the album. The ’50s and early ’60s pop I mentioned is apparent on “Alright.”
One of my favorite songs was “Wasteland.” I just loved the vibe which is a little dark and has this sense of isolation. The bass is killer here and I loved the memorable vocal melodies as well. Great tune all around.
“Coal Black Coffee” is fantastic and somewhere between Django Reinhardt and Tom Waits. The finger snaps sealed the deal for me. “Make Believe” felt like a song a young couple might dance to at prom in the ’60s. It’s heartfelt, full of emotion and the vocals are nailed.
Another high point for me was “Anna” which was the first song that reminded me of ’70s folk in the spirit of Simon & Garfunkel. The very next song “Exactly What I need” is also a standout which is lively and makes you want to put your dancing shoes on. The closer “Ramble” is so warm and comforting. It’s one of the emotionally resonant vocals performances and all around great song.
Not since Lord Huron has an artist captured ’50s and ’60s nostalgia so effortlessly. This album stands as a testament to the enduring power of genuine artistry, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who dare to listen. Highly recommended.
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