Italian neoclassical composer Dardust is streaming his debut LP 7 in full via Best Fit.
Fans of Nils Frahm, Jóhann Jóhannsson or Ólafur Arnalds are probably going to want to take a long, hard look at this record.
Dardust, real name Dario Faini, is also a pop songwriter, and as his piano-toting alter-ego, he blends the worlds of ambient electronica, contemporary classical, piano sounscapes, and cinematic emotion. It's a grand record, both in quality and scope, and it's all-too-easy to get totally swept under by his atmospheric noise. In parts, it's easy to glean the emotive rises and heart-stopping drops of Phillip Glass and Burkhard Dallwitz's original score for Peter Weir film The Truman Show.
7 has been inspired by "Northern Europe soundscapes and landscapes and also the Italian melody", and written between Roma and Ascoli Piceno. It was recorded in Berlin at the Funkstudios, and mastered by Francesco Donadello (Nils Frahm, Jóhann Jóhannsson)
He's set to tour the record across Europe over the course of 2015, and will begin recording the follow up over the summer in Iceland.
7 is out 3 March on INRI. It is part one of a trilogy of records from Dardust.
Stream the record in full below.