Inspired by visions of sublime vastness and reconciliation from their contact with nature and its landscapes, united by an authentic devotion to the practice of music as a therapeutic and liberating movement, Bosco Sacro‘s style is characterized by dreamy atmospheres, slow rhythms, and intense spiritual depth of sound. Their musical roots come from ambient, doom, and trip-hop.
The birth of their debut album “Gem” happened as an exceptionally spontaneous, clean and natural process, resulting in a sound that brings together all the past experiences of each individual musician into a new expressive language. Today, we’re honored to give you an early listen of the full album, along with the band’s full track by track commentary below.
Bosco Sacro is an Italian quartet that was founded in 2020. Its members are well established in the Italian underground scene and have constantly released music and performed throughout Europe over the last decade: Paolo Monti (The Star Pillow, DAIMON), Giulia Parin Zecchin (Julinko), Luca Scotti (Tristan da Cunha), and Francesco Vara (Tristan da Cunha, Altaj).
“Gem” is the debut album by Bosco Sacro, to be released on February 10, 2023, in CD, LP, and digital formats through Avantgarde Music. “Gem” was recorded in October 2021 in a single session at AMM Monteggiori Studio in Tuscany, with production by Lorenzo Stecconi (Amenra, Zu, Ufomammut, Lento).
“Gem” is out via Avantgarde Music in February 2023 and will be performed live during an Italian and an European Tour starting in March.
ICE WAS PURE
A small sound galaxy that in just 5 minutes contains all the distinctive elements of our project. Ambient mists that thin out and leave room for a deep and slow rhythm on which the voice weaves plots that lead us to a suspended glacial ending. The music opens up a vision, like fingers moving thick foliages and branches over, to reveal an oasis of peace in the midst of a wood: a soldier is resting by the shores of a calm river and washing his wounds, removing the dirt after a battle, protected and liberated by the deep breath enveloping him in a generous, primordial embrace. The beginning of a healing, reconciling journey.
After an ethereal intro the song accompanies us into the darkest and deepest ravines of our sound, like a sinuous and outstretched hand that takes us to the depths of a forest in which not to get lost, but to find ourselves, a natural dimension to return to, to find the lost sense of belonging to our deep and impetuous roots. Here, doom meets slowed-down hypnotic rhythms with an unique style of female growl, that becomes a siren voice of the forests claiming: “I AM NOT AFRAID TO BE DUST.”
FOUNTAIN OF WEALTH
In this slow, groovy, doom-dub song, a tumult of ghostly voices overlap in themes that recall an eternal flow of fresh water. Fountain of Wealth chants the promise and the struggle for a luminous resilient future, where humankind returns to a state of existence where it cooperates harmoniously with nature and learns carefully and spontaneously from its teachings, without prevailing and deforming. It is an ideal which is grounded down to earth and which keeps us alive and creative.
This song begins with an arpeggio soaked into the wet viscera of the brown soil, to arrive at the airy explosions of the chorus, where the rhythm becomes impetuous and the voice pounding and gentle at the same time. Emerald blood is the lymph which comes to moisten our perceptive cells and fills us with an impersonal, instinctual ardour and potential. The ego does not exists “down down, low low”.
LES ARBRES RAMPANTS
A single guitar note guides a low voice.Together they create an intimate, lonely atmosphere, in search of a road which for a while becomes mute and instrumental, indicated by trees climbing and growing on top of each other. They branch out and create paths and stories and emotions which grow and explode in an intense crescendo, eventually re-turning quiet, like a forest after a storm.
This is the natural return of a circle, keeping the same guitar note of the previous song, singing the same tune just slightly modified, with a released, almost childish timbre. We close with what seems to be more like a beginning than an end:like a recursive fairy tale with no fixed points, where we know we are always free to travel ways yet unexplored.