Rota Fortunae
Solstice


4.5
superb

Review

by bnelso55 USER (30 Reviews)
March 7th, 2018 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Solstice: the gorgeous evolution of a promising project.

Winter has descended on the vistas of a wooded realm that first saw the light in 2016, and it’s all the more vivid for it. With Solstice, Rota Fortunae (David Abbruscato) expands on the sound world established with Vespers and the warm nylon guitar strings and sonorous cello hums make a welcome return on this new collection of acoustic pieces.

The template is familiar, but there is a notable surge in richness and depth this time around. These qualities extend from the clarity and tone of the instrumentation to the compositional solidity of the music itself. Recruiting a cellist to replace samples and improving recording and production techniques are among the other alterations that aid this four-song set in delivering a bigger punch.

Cohesion, however, is probably Abbruscato’s greatest achievement once again. The music was written and recorded between November 2017 and February 2018 with the goal of creating a “winter” album that channels the moods of the season. The pieces fit together seamlessly within the confines of this guiding theme, progressing effortlessly from lonely guitar arpeggios to ardent climaxes. A prime example of this is when the cello and guitar tackle the forlorn melody of “Midwinter Nights” in tandem and punctuate the song’s finale with refined fervor. It’s impactful and skillfully arranged. The same can be said for album closer “Woodland Refuge”, which features a fluent intertwining of an array of emotions in the music’s elegiac layers, from hope to wistfulness.

Solstice shows Abbruscato continuing to forge a path that is at once individual and imbued with the spirit of the style’s masters. Arguably, this little EP surpasses the latest output from some of the genre greats in terms of economy and quality. All that’s missing now is the exposure. Fortunately, the album is receiving promotion and distribution via the nascent web label, The Green Man, so here’s hoping that more and more people will discover this beautiful music.



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bnelso55
March 7th 2018


1300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You can hear the album here: https://thegreenmanlabel.bandcamp.com/

The latest work from some other user projects, Meus and Boring Bathtimes, can also be found there. I definitely recommend those albums as well.

Essence
March 7th 2018


6169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this is really good

Evok
March 7th 2018


7200 Comments


Sweet. Pos'd

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JS19
March 7th 2018


6517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Beautiful review man

Digging: Tim Hecker - Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again

DungeonBoy
March 7th 2018


4187 Comments


Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Brandon. It perfectly captures my intentions with this EP. Also thanks to everyone who has taken the time to give this a listen, it's incredibly appreciated.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2018


23423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome to see a review for this!





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Beardog
March 8th 2018


1933 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

EP is so good

manosg
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2018


11071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah this is beautiful. Props to both of you guys.

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Elynna
March 8th 2018


209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To the two of you, grats on the feature and thank you for delivering such a heartfelt EP

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Jethro42
March 8th 2018


15390 Comments


Peaceful music. Nice review bnelso.

bnelso55
March 9th 2018


1300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks to everyone for the kind words, and to the staff for the feature! Really glad to see that so many are enjoying this EP! I'm also happy to hear that the writing effectively expresses the atmosphere of the music, David. I appreciate the feedback.

ButteryBiscuitBass
March 9th 2018


11414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review Brandon.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2018


23423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gonna have to check that Meus under the recommended section. never heard of them

DungeonBoy
March 9th 2018


4187 Comments


Definitely worth a listen:

https://meus.bandcamp.com/album/miserere-mei-deus

I did a little write up for it earlier this year if you're interested.

https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/75815/Meus-Miserere-Mei-Deus/

bnelso55
March 9th 2018


1300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Much appreciated, Tom!

@Atari - I'd say Meus is absolutely worth your time.

Pho3nix
March 9th 2018


478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you for the review, sadly this isn't on Spotify yet (only Vespers is), but will be looking out for it.



This might complement the new Drudkh quite well!

DungeonBoy
March 20th 2018


4187 Comments


Hey Pho3nix, just wanted to give you the heads up this is now streaming on Spotify.

https://open.spotify.com/album/1dJMNi1Sk1skLqMoaez0mS?

Pho3nix
March 21st 2018


478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great! thanks for the heads up. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Essence
March 21st 2018


6169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh snap gonna jam even more often

Atari
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2018


23423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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it's on apple music as well, gonna be getting some much-deserved scrobbles



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