Federico Ferrandina – “mesomerism”


“mesomerism” is a beautiful new track from Federico Ferrandina, developing patiently amidst atmospheric, flickering synths and lush guitar additions. For the track, Ferrandina found inspiration from Los Angeles and its diversities, from sprawling highways to beaches and coffee shops. “It’s the urban unsettlement that gave inspiration to this track, like a metropolis built where once was a desert,” Ferrandina says. Serenely pulsing synths and spacious, sporadic claps converge with twinkles to concoct an immersive initial feeling. A Mediterranean guitar arpeggio steadily unfolds, as backing voices echo the feeling of a bustling street scene. Ferrandina shows his music as fully capable of transporting listeners with its atmospheric and melodic pull.

Ferrandina was born into a family of classical musicians, with an encouraged embrace for art resulting in a widely accepting stylistic embrace. His eclectic approach finds classical instruments intermingling with modern soundscapes, delving stylistically everywhere from lush ambient material to alternative pop. One can hear many of Ferrandina’s works in films and TV, such as the multi-Oscar winner Dallas Buyers Club and in Netflix and HBO films and series. Ferrandina also provided strings and bass arrangements for Playing For Change versions of famous classic songs featuring David Crosby, Bombino and Yo-Yo Ma.

Ferrandina elaborates more on the track below, citing the release’s influences as “Schlomo, Nosaj Thing, Lapalux, the L.A. beat scene.”:

“In chemistry the structures of resonance or mesomerism are recognized by a double headed arrow, their hybrid nature resembles this music, where a synth stained beat catches energy by a Mediterranean guitar arpeggio, with random street voices punctuating the culminating moments. I’ve been obsessively traveling back and forth from Los Angeles, where I work as film composer and producer/arranger and caught inspiration in those large and warm highways, in those coffee shops and bicycle rentals. Hollywood sounds far, the ocean and beaches sound far too, it’s the urban unsettlement that gave inspiration to this track, like a metropolis built where once was a desert.”

“mesomerism” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of March 2021’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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