On his debut solo album Ends, Giancarlo Erra ably demonstrates a masterful gift for producing timelessly intimate and profoundly affecting music.
Comprising a suite of eight thematically linked instrumentals, Ends deploys sparse piano patterns, synth textures, eerily beautiful string quartet performances, and subtle electronic pulses to create a compelling whole that establishes Erra as a composer of rare sensitivity and singular purpose.
Recalling the tonal contemporary classical miniatures of Arvo Pärt and Max Richter, the soundtracks of Nils Frahm and Clint Mansell, and the early Electronica of the likes of Roedelius and Schulze, Ends presents a connected series of suspended sonic reveries that shift and build in unexpected and frequently heart-breaking ways.
Produced and performed by Erra – along with a Danish / Icelandic quartet comprising Elis Marteinsson (violin), Krista Sverrisdóttir (violin), Nicolaj Nielsen (viola) and Quynh Lephan (cello) – some of the album’s vividly cinematic soundscapes will be used in a forthcoming documentary by Australian film-maker Dion Johnson.
Ends is due to be released digitally, on CD and limited-edition ocean blue 180g vinyl and is available to pre-order here
Giancarlo Erra has announced he will be performing Ends live beginning with two shows
25th February – UK, Norwich – Plunkett Room @ The Sir Garnet (free show!)
13th April – IT, Rome – Auditorium Lo Sciamano
Erra explains how he’ll be making Ends transition from a studio setting to a live performance ” I wanted to do this on my own with the most minimal setup possible. The most important thing is to go on stage without any pre-conceived structure and to be able newly rearrange the music every night. A track could last half or twice the original album length; I want to play with the structure rather than just the instruments, and always with a visual counterpart that can change between performances. It’s a completely different mindset for me and a challenge that’s as exciting as it is scary and thrilling!”