London-based musician Maria Chiara Argirò comes through with a brand new album titled Hidden Seas. This is my first time listening to this talented artist, and I was immediately drawn to the unique experimentation, taking influences from jazz, classical and electronic music.
10 tracks long, this album meanders between so many different sounds and eclectic melodies. “Beneath The Surface” starts off with a slow-paced electronic melody that slowly builds and gives way to beautiful piano keys, horns and gorgeous vocals. It’s an emotive track, and sets the tone for the rest of the album. “Nautilus” is a unique and interesting track, with an off-kilter electronic rhythm that is complemented by beautiful keys, angelic vocals and more subtle but beautiful horns that bring a chilling tone to the record. The slower-paced and emotive tone of “Sea Song” is a definite highlight, with gorgeous guitar leads that come in at the midpoint. On “To The Sea” Maria brings Björk-like vocals, with gorgeous strings and keys that amplify the intensity of the track. Similarly, the triumphant “Watery Universe” is another breathtaking moment on the album, with a wonderful melody and infectious energy created from the intense drumming, angelic synths and strings throughout. “Starlight” is another emotive moment, and the raw, almost tribal rhythm of “Wandering Iceberg” is another favourite moment of mine, as guitars, horns, strings and vocals are beautifully harmonised and connected, to create a triumphant, emphatic sound. “Ocean” ends the album out beautifully, with saxophone leads that are pretty moving. Overall Hidden Seas is a beautiful and emotive project that highlights Maria Chiara Argirò’s talents to the fullest.
Listen to Maria Chiara Argirò’s brand new album Hidden Seas below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via Cavalo Records.