A dynamic range of sounds — from tender psych-pop to roaring rock charisma — consumes on the new self-titled EP from Luno, the moniker for Berlin-based Italian artist Bruno Di Tillo. From the dreamy vintage pop of “Gentle Interlude” to the blistering rock energy of “Suntern,” the EP stars with a range of deliciously unpredictable structural shifts and stylistic inspirations, led by an admiration for ’60s psych-rock, noting the artists Nick Drake, Jimi Hendrix, and Muddy Waters, in particular.
A striking opener “about lust and love,” “Lights out” establishes a confident aesthetic swagger with calming vocals and tender guitar twangs. You’re tempted to turn down the lights and lounge. The central chorus — “never loved no one, just as much I love you,” — exudes a nostalgic rock engrossment, reminiscent of classic Todd Rundgren’s knack for harmonious vocal layers and psych-minded rock/pop hooks.
The subsequent tracks do well in showcasing the project’s versatility; “Suntern” brings forth a range of bluesy rock and synth-tinged introspection, while “Gentle Interlude” touts a lushly gripping composure. EP finale “”Come to bed” centers around a catching hook with ’60s pop sentimentality — “she needs me to come back to bed,” — and closes this stellar release with an endearing, accessible whimsy.
This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of June 2023’ Spotify playlist.
We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.