Moscato is an acoustic folk singer songwriter from Rome, Italy who has just released his debut album. Called The Path Of Least Resistance, it explores his recent travels, taking us on a sonic journey.
By Graeme Smith
The album opens with the ethereal Nadì. Electronic elements meld with organic ambience to create something that feels meditative. A gentle acoustic guitar melody enters. As the track progresses, the complexity increases before a short, vocalised climax completes the scene-setting. It’s a stunning introduction.
Thamel comes next, opening with acoustic guitar and Moscato’s soulful vocals. The lyrics are a chant, deploying trance-like repetition. A soaring chorus breaks the spell without losing any of the atmosphere. Comparisons with Bon Iver and Sigur Ròs come easily here, but they’re not exact. Moscato’s is certainly bringing his own flavour to the experimental folk genre, especially during an unexpected, percussive finale.
Much of what Moscato sings in The Path of Least Resistance are not actual words, but rather phonemes, which he believes allows the listener to imagine their own journey. Track three Ljomi is a great example of this, feeling otherworldly as a result. The emotion of the piece comes through loud and clear, even if it isn’t put into words.
By now, I felt fully settled into Moscato’s world, and the album’s mid-section passed as if it were a dream. Each track brought a different mood. The pensive and reflective Etrange felt like pure folk, a song from another age. Lak was a delicate, ambient interlude that plays out through piano and windchimes. The intriguingly-titled Ten People Town had a reassuring steadiness to it, with reversed notes that lend a sense of eeriness to its otherwise calm feel.
Track seven is Titisee. Featuring layers of guest vocals, it adds another dimension to Mocato’s sound and there is a liveliness to it that feels fresh compared to what has come before. It’s a perfectly-timed track which sets up the coming end of the journey wonderfully.
Mala combines and expansive soundscape with earthly percussion, haunting guitar and echoing vocals. Lively Silence sees a return to folk guitar, and is a rare moment of word-based lyrics. They are words filled with heart and love. It’s a sweet moment. The album closes with Encara Plou, another moment of experimental ambience to end the journey and return you to the world around you.
The Path Of Least Resistance is a truly beautiful album. Treat it as your moment of calm after a busy week and give yourself the time to get lost in it. You’ll thank yourself by the end. You can give it a listen below.