The Italian guitarist and bandleader Nicola Conte has recorded his first album for the legendary, recently re-established MPS records. Conte has brought with him his cosmic-cosmopolitan ensemble of stars which includes trumpeter Theo Croker, saxophonists Logan Richardson and Magnus Lindgren, and singer Zara McFarlane. For the most part recorded in Bari, Italy and Johannesburg, South Africa, it is a sensitive work of art that crosses the border between soul and spiritual Afro-jazz.Nicola Conte has cast his vision of cosmic jazz into a seamless tonal design – without restricting his players' freedom, leaving them open to the influences of the diverse cultures. "Everyone should be able to express themselves freely," Conte says; "this album is much more open than my last one. Everything was recorded live and with a minimum of overdubs."
Coronal Rain’s debut album “Memories of Suns” (with Nerissa Schwarz and Andreas Hack from Frequency Drift), which features various guest singers, explores new angles of harp and electronic music. In an original approach it fuses atmospherically rich songs, instrumental compositions, acoustic pieces and sound effects of strange beauty. The album is characterized by its wistful ambiance and intriguing melodic twists. While it is impossible to put a label on "Memories of Suns", it will most certainly appeal to listeners of innovative pop with female vocals and to lovers of eclectic instrumental music.