“Secrets of the Moon” is my 1st release as FALLEN and I could say it’s a very important step for my musical journey so far. “Secrets of the Moon” shows and contains dreaming atmospheres, dramatic and melodic drones, misty landscapes, relaxed sounds, space noises and phrases full of tension and suspense. In my ears and my heart, it sounds like a sort of minimal dreaming voyage through memories of a golden past, when trust wasn’t an empty thing closed deep in troubled waters.
The idea behind the making of “Secrets of the Moon” was to tribute, in a way or another, some great composers I grew up with like Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, AshRa Tempel, Popol Vuh but during the recording of the album, I discovered how deep the compositions were going beyond that idea and how hard I was experiencing with sounds and colors enclosed in my previous record as The Child of A Creek however, although the road I used to run for that project was mainly folk oriented. Lorenzo (Fallen)
Written, composed, arranged, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered between April and May 2014 with synthetizers, pianoes, electric pianoes, oboes, santoors, processed electric guitars, processed textures and percussions.
File under Ethnic / Ambient / Chillout
Audiofollia, March 2015, review by Francesco Lenzi.
The prolific tuscan musician known with the monicker The Child of a Creek is back with an album out April 17, but with some substantial differences this time. First, the name has changed (which, for the occasion, becomes Fallen) and also the musical direction: not to say that ambient music was exempt from his previous work (remember the instrumental "Hidden Tales and Other Lullabies" I reviewed months ago?), but this time this record is definitely "declared" as an ambient record and this fact is more in evidence than in his prev works.
This new record called "Secrets of the moon" is a beautiful and interesting album, which adds something special to Lorenzo’s music; 6 instrumental tracks widely evocative, a real inner journey in which Lorenzo takes care of everything, alternating to various instruments (synths and all sorts of keyboard, but also guitars, oboe, percussions). The title track opens the album as a long night journey mysteriously dreamy, perfect for a soundtrack, a trip full of inner light and shadow perpetually poised by a fascinating mood. Then, the mysterious gait of "Golden Dust (The Vanishing)", always very relaxing and enjoyable, with its particular introspective and dark appeal as typical for Fallen/The Child of a Creek.
Maybe "Ravenhand" is my favorite track (although it's hard to choose one: the whole cd is valid!) and the mood is dark, with its melanchonic arpeggios in minor and with various layers in the background, it reminds me the best things coming from the 70s German scene like Popol Vuh, Ash Ra Tempel, but also some Burzum’s ambient stuff, for its "enigmatic feel" translated into sound. "Of Dreams and Wounds" is even more meditative and introspective, subtly psychedelic at times, full of cosmic spleen. "Cosmos" is the longest track of the album, a kind of wraparound progressive ambient which fascinates: the alternating of sliding and enigmatic dynamics is again successful and interesting, halfway between melodies full of relaxation and darkest moments (but no less enjoyable).
"At the End of the World" is the final track, widely bright and relaxing: this song generates positivity to the listener, thanks to the enveloping keyboards that sound catchy and melodic, but there are also evocative guitar parts and while the listening goes on, it seems to travel far away to discover wonderful worlds.
“Secrets of the Moon” is a very nice album, full of different shades, that reveals more new and unknown future developments. This album surprises definitely and it binds the listener to the stereo speakers: you’ll be catapulted into a magical world difficult to detach from once the "Play" button is pressed. Try to believe.