Perdurabo – ‘Magnetar’

Cover Art: Andy Gilmore

The enthralling electronic production of Italian artist Perdurabo has captivated us over the past year with a variety of singles, ranging from the enigmatic synth-driven mystique of “Hopes” to the electronic/rock hybrid within “Cast Stones.” That the artist’s newly released debut album, Magnetar, is a riveting success comes as no surprise, as a result. The release captivates in its blend of whirring synth-forward soundscapes and natural instrumentation.

The opening title track is gripping, enamoring in both its lush piano trickling and buzzing synth theatrics; it’s an epic kickoff to an album with an abundance of quality moments. “Hopes” is another success, weaving ghostly synths and ensuing brightness with soaring vocal work. Daudi Matsiko, Tom Adams, and Miro Shot add cohesively to the magnetic production. Miro Shot’s additions also stir on darkly seductive “White Dots.” Elsewhere, “Berlin Rain” is especially representative of the artist’s atmospheric chops; stutter-y, gauzy synth tones remind fondly of Susumu Yokota, balancing bright keys with a simmering darkness for a sense of intrigue throughout. Magnetar is a thorough success from Perdurabo, following a stream of unforgettable singles.

“Magnetar” is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Electronic.

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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