There’s something distinctly mystical about Andrea Remondini’s approach to his work. A purveyor of so-called ‘progressive instrumental synth pop’, this Italian solo artist is heavily influenced by classical composers and has said of his music: “My inspiration for melodies and arrangements is ... elusive to pinpoint ... Things that mostly take place in the unconscious mind, I think”.
A pioneering instrumentalist in the Jean-Michel Jarre mould, Remondini states not only Jarre but also Mike Oldfield and Rick Wakeman among his influences, and, like his heroes, has a formidable pedigree within the industry as both a writer and a musician. During his early twenties, while employed as a staff songwriter at an Italian dance label, he co-authored numerous top ten hits in the UK and Europe, and in doing so established a lucrative income stream within an industry that is notoriously tough to crack. However, as rewarding as this experience was, a more creative calling was vying for Remondini’s attention, and after some years he quit to pursue his own path.
This eventually led the self-taught pianist and electronica fan to begin work on his own record, a solo LP entitled Non Sequitur. Released in late May, the record is characterised by expansive sonic landscapes, haunting, twisting melodies and baroque chord patterns. Unpredictable and immersive, Non Sequitur has a mesmerising quality that will appeal to fans of the classic instrumental album. A short extract can be sampled at the link below.
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