Gianfranco Pescetti – “The Wake”


Originally from the Tuscan island of Capraia, Gianfranco Pescetti crafts music with ample mood and emotion. Such is evident on the moving single “The Wake,” whose colorful electronic arsenal provides a lushly spacious appeal. An icy, yet hopeful, tonal presentation engrosses with satiating structural additions.

The track’s themes represent life’s range of sadness and triumphs, capturing “the theme of melancholy for a time past, death, and new beginnings, particularly in the context of the Covid pandemic,” Pescetti explains. “The title has a dual meaning, referring to both the practice of mourning and the path left behind by a boat, a symbol of movement and progress.”

A sonar-like trickling opens alongside a spacious synth pad and glimpses of strings. Reverbed percussion and a lonesome-sounding synth lead kick in thereafter, with a reflective textural pull enhanced with an orchestral-like resonance. An expressive character emerges as the second minute approaches, with hazy synths and weeping strings sounding fit for a space opera. “The Wake” is a standout atmospheric success from Gianfranco Pescetti.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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