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Be swept away on waves of meditative sound by genre-fusing Italian composer and pianist Federico Albanese as he launches his third album, By The Deep Sea.

The album is a nuanced and elegant work, with Albanese providing piano, Rhodes piano, synthesizers, Hammond organ, electric, acoustic and bass guitars, plus field recordings.

‘It’s so beautiful to experiment and create layers underneath it. I wanted a feeling of evolution, something that could represent the idea of getting closer and closer to a deep state,’ Albanese said.

His highly acclaimed debut solo album The Houseboat and the Moon was followed by second album The Blue Hour, which pushed the boundaries of his sound even further, mixing compositional precision and dreamlike fluidity.

Born on the Isle of Skye, El Ghoul makes music with a handful of analogue synths, mangled found sounds, samples and endless tape loops.

El Ghoul’s two releases to date have been featured by Tom Ravenscroft, Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone, Nemone’s Electric Ladyland, Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway and BBC 6Music Recommends.

Presented by The Queen’s Hall

“One of the most hauntingly beautiful records you'll ever hear”

(Drowned In Sound, on The Blue Hour)

Photo by Beniamino Barrese


Federico Albanese