Gabriele Dalena debuts with his studio album, his project is called About Blank and adopts the most intimate sounds, those that silently go deep.
There are the intensity and the light-and-dark of Elliot Smith’s ballads, the sadcore stride of Red House Painters, and many other elements of US songwriting in these songs that have been written as “self-therapy”, as Gabriele himself says: “to try to untie the knots, to express emotions, sensations that I needed to get out of my system”.
Singed and whispered songs, electric and acoustic guitars that draws far away landscapes kept clear in your memory, movie fragments where desolation leaves room for the most fighting hope, a fierce resistance of the most vulnerable – and for this precious – side of a soul that never gives up.
Ballads where expanded spaces lightly touch the limits of a dream, like in “In The Dirt”, Wilco-like narcoleptic atmospheres as in “Chosen”, lyrical country-folk that hits like “Ask The Flowers”.
About Blank with his studio album and the desire to promote it with proud simplicity wants to remind us that a song can reach great heights when it’s kept light, when is kept real, with no compromises of any kind. Repetita iuvant (Helps to repeat it).