Thursday's Stuff We Like
Umberto - Confrontations
During one of my retreats to the Maryland Deathfest, I came across this gem of an album: Umberto’s Confrontations. I was immediately gravitated towards it from its cover, a dark, desolate stretch of highway, with an alien saucer flashing green lights above in the night sky. It looked just like a horror movie poster from the 70’s (the greatest era of horror, IMHO). Sure enough, this one-man electronic project feels like it’s transporting you back to a golden age of Italian horror, reminiscent of great soundtracks like Suspiria, Cannibal Holocaust, or Zombi 2.
This is the ultimate Dario Argento horror movie soundtrack that never was. I can almost see the title screen to opening number "Night Fantasy," and tracks like "Initial Revelation" and "Dead Silent Morning" invoke an eerie sense of incoming dread. Listening to the title track, I can almost see victims running from some creature of some ungodly terror. The pace of the album itself seems almost like a horror flick unfolding, softer at the start, working it’s way to a faster, more sinister conclusion. Closing track "The Invasion" stands as one of my favorites, as it sounds like doomsday suspending upon the earth: the alien invasion is here to lay waste to humanity. Obviously, this record is best recommended to classic horror soundtracks junkies, especially anything Argento related, although fans of electronic and Goth music can find plenty to love in this. Now, will someone hire Umberto to score the next wave of amazing horror soundtracks?
– Max Kristich