You’ll hear echoes of Gram Parsons in the country-tinged rocker “In the Name of Captain Giles”, his instrumental “Rollin’ Hills” will haunt you, and his ballads might remind you of Nick Drake, but Lucio has an eclectic style all his own. Take a listen to “So Long”, an acoustic masterpiece that chronicles the heartache of a breakup. We hope you enjoy his new release Low-Fi Wakeup Songs. All songs are written, performed, and produced by Lucio Barbarino.
The Soft Matter
The Soft Matter is the brainchild of a singer, rock composer, and multi-instrumentalist named Francesco. He has been a musical performer from a young age and led a variety of original and rock bands over the years, including as lead guitarist of the quirky NYC-based outfit Ultravenus and as the “Carl Wilson proxy” in the BBCB, a creatively-named Beach Boys cover band, which he formed with a group of Manhattan School of Music grads. The Penguin Studios EP was created by Francesco and a crack team of session musicians. All songs are written by Francesco. Be on the lookout for a new record from The Soft Matter in 2012!
Ray Davies, Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Phish. Throw them in a Vitamix blender and the result might approximate the sound of Al Barbarino. His songs are instantly hum-able, and at the same time melodically interesting and edgy. Al comes out of the gate with “Greatest Superstar”. Its eerie mood and rhythmic heartbeat drives the music forward and the song’s lyrics use visions of outer space to convey a message tinged with irony. You’ll also enjoy the gradual build-up of rocker “New Year’s Day”, which could have been a lost track from John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band. All songs on the new Brotherly Records release Traces of Faces are written, performed, and produced by Al Barbarino.