Boris Savoldelli – Biocosmopolitan

When you think of the musical instruments that stand out in the construction of most prog-rock, keyboards, guitar, bass and drums immediately spring to mind. With the release of Boris Savoldelli’s new album Biocosmopolitan, he makes a bold statement to include the human voice prominently in that cosmic mix.

Sonically the album is very impressive but when you read the liner notes and realize that all the sounds were made by one man (other than guest bassist Jimmy Haslip on one track and horn player Paolo Fresu on just two) it becomes even more amazing. In a lengthy list of modern music highlights, the only other work that comes close to this approach is Todd Rundgren’s 1985 album, A Cappella.

And where Rundgren often imitated standard instrumentation with his voice, Savoldelli just lets rip with a wonderful menagerie of sounds. He also has access to some very up to date studio trickery and makes the most of it with vivid layers of sounds and interesting effects. His vast internal catalogue of musical styles also lets him indulge in moments that include jazz, folk, R&B, calypso, psychedelic rock and even beat poetry to name just a few.

The thing that makes Biocosmopolitan so much fun isn’t just the technical wizardry of the work or its unique nature but the wonderful sense of fun and humanity it imparts. This work is infectious, unlike anything else in your collection and shouldn’t be missed.

Rob Hudson

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