Umberto – Confrontations

Matt Hill, better known as synth composer Umberto, gives us ‘Confrontations’- a lurid album jammed with an italo-disco/soundtrack-esque mood that will make you travel into a creepy foreign landscape once your eyelids shut.

Hill’s sounds in “Confrontations” are more defined from 70’s synth pop punctuations, relatively different than his three previous and more giallo directed productions. It’s impossible not to name drop horror genre maestro Dario Argento for all the imagery in the tracks, but mix it with some flickering Giorgio Morder disco and get caught in the hypnotic road trip Umberto wants you to ride.
Night Fantasy‘ opens the LP from the Kansas City native with an urgency to present us with a scene directly taken out from a VHS classic hidden in a $2 box, echoing voices and consistent dirty snares delivers a solid entrance. ‘Initial Revelation‘ continues with a more dramatic and almost video game allure, also haunting vocals that elevates within its 4/4 bass line. Darkness, anticipation and layers of deep synth are unveiled amongst the rest of the tracks which are highly recommended to play at a church in the middle of a post-apocalyptic desert with an impressive collection of knives, guns, bullets and other instruments of penetration. *>:) devil

☯ tamarasky

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