Italian techno evangelist Francesca Lombardo sets up her forthcoming album on Crosstown Rebels with the ‘Perseidi’ EP, paired with a remix from highly revered producer Aril Brikha.
“Perseidi is named after a meteor shower called perseids,’ explains Francesca, ‘Perseidi is the Italian name for it, which comes from the constellation Perseus. The astral shower happens mid July till 15 August so this record is coming out at the right time.
Representative of her multi-disciplinary musical background, Francesca’s music transcends the dance floor; each track providing an emotional narrative, full of wistful dreamy soundscapes, stirring melodies, deep, hypnotic rhythms and her unforgettable vocals. Featuring live instrumentalists, merging the world of electronic music with Francesca’s classical upbringing, the Perseidi EP is a combination of grand and orchestral compositions, together with subtle, nuanced numbers – a healthy balance that epitomises Francesca’s sound ethic; mature, refined and powerful. Aril Brikha’s remix of the title track is equally as cinematic, fusing sweeping chords with subtle beats to create an epic classic.
Francesca’s classical musical training started on piano at the age of six. Her first release on Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels label came in 2012, since which she has had several nominations for ‘Breakthrough Artist Of The Year’ and conceived a live set incorporating a group of instrumentalists, varying from a string quartet to a 40-piece symphony orchestra; collaborating to compose and conduct intricate new productions. 2015 welcomes a new phase of her career as she prepares to unveil her debut album, a body of work that will truly represent the essence of what she is all about; forward-thinking, experimenting, well-crafted, thoughtful and, most importantly, made from the heart.
Born in Iran and raised in Sweden, Aril Brikha forged his career with one of the biggest techno records of all time, ‘Groove La Chord’, picked up by techno luminary Derrick May for Transmat Records. Since then he has delivered two critically-acclaimed albums and worked with acclaimed labels such as Peacefrog and Poker Flat.
Published: 2nd July 2015