Sergg, a digital music artist from Brooklyn, New York City, has released his most recent official record album, an extended play production titled, œPurgatorio. The album features three all new and original tracks for a total running time of approximately eight minutes long, but the effect of œPurgatorio lasts for hours after listening.
œPurgatorio is unlike most modern digital music releases in that its feel is very ambient while remaining direct. Sergg's use of cellos, single piano keys and casual drums played extremely layed back, and infrequent choruses of brass, combined with his brilliant use of space between chords, create an atmosphere darker than a mist blown midnight in a bayou swamp “ and it's luxuriously, decadently so.
The darkness of his music makes sense when taking into consideration his stated influences. Sergg writes that some of his favorite artists include Portishead, Radiohead, and DJ Shadow, all of whom love to use minor chords and melancholy, almost Gothic imagery in their tone, every one of their tracks a digital œMoonlight Sonata.
Sergg's track titles are also more insidiously named than most Silent Hill titles. œPurgatorio includes the devilish œPreygrounds, which sounds as frightening as it reads; the ghoulish œBreed Me In, which showcases Sergg's jazz-minded treatment of drum and percussion; and the Japanese film inspired œRinguu, which would have made for a fantastic theme for the film, and which film could easily have been inspired by Sergg's song, if the track could have been composed first.
Music fans with an ear for the ghastly and deeply shadowed would do poorly to miss this masterpiece of digital music composition. The three-song EP is hardly ever published, anymore, but if they could all be as powerful and strangely passionate as œPurgatorio, chances are that the music world would see many more of them, and would benefit greatly for it.
Sergg's EP œPurgatorio is not one to miss. It is available online worldwide beginning February 8, 2013.
-S. McCauley Staff Press Release Writer MondoTunes
The EP œPurgatorio is distributed globally by MondoTunes and is available at iTunes for convenient purchase and download.
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