With a name as portentous as The Absolute End Of The World, the music can only be of the post-rock variety. Sure enough, post rock is the favoured genre here but the product of solo performer Luca Maugeri from Italy summons up feelings of hope rather than despair.
The EP begins with ‘The Grand Design’, a suitably instrumental epic which befits its title. Within its four minutes, guitar effects and keyboards glide towards a euphoric state. ‘L’importanza del silenzio’ and ‘The Lamp Post’ takes a more relaxed journey although they both reach some lovey melodic peaks along the way. For the final two pieces, ‘Suibeom’ threatens to move in to harsher territory with its more abrasive guitar figure and some glitchy beats but ‘196 Rondò Forca Ovest’ gets its message across through piano and spoken word.
For all the extravagant titles, Maugeri’s music is genuinely moving and refreshing free of the bombast which so many contemporaries choose to pursue. Bonus points too for the brevity and tunefulness of each track here.
Raymond Scott Woolson, Dextro