For the latest release in their ongoing International series, Into The Light Records takes us to Sydney and the dreamy, softly spun musical world of talented multi-instrumentalist Max Santilli.
Surface is Santillis debut album following years spent working alongside Jacob Fugar in Ken Oath Records-signed downtempo duo Angophora. It draws on a personal archive of home recordings made between 2016 and 2018 using a range of guitars, synthesizers and acoustic percussion instruments.
As youd perhaps expect, its an intimate and hugely personal set that wraps drowsy, slowly shifting musical flourishes around gentle, sun-kissed rhythms and suitably spacey chords. Santilli offers subtle nods towards his various inspirations think the mesmerizing ambient-jazz fusion of Michael Bierylo, Steve Hillages timeless early ambient works and the intricate acoustic guitar playing of Steve Tibbetts and Miguel Herrero while forging his own distinctly lo-fi and otherworldly path. As a result, Surface is an album of impressive depth and diversity, held together by Santillis reflective, emotion-rich vision.