Francesco Tristano "Mambo"
In the initial seconds of Francesco Tristano's "Mambo," a flighty series of piano notes trickle out, setting a deceptively tender mood. The rest of this Julliard graduate's acoustic-electronic production features interloping drum-machine stutters while ominous piano arpeggios maintain a precarious semblance of consistency. Taken from his recently released album Idiosynkrasia, "Mambo" is as fragile as it is steely and austere. His previous solo albums were produced by the likes of pioneering artist Moritz Von Oswald (he's also been known to collaborate with Murcof), and Idiosynkrasia has similarly legendary affiliations, as it was recorded at Carl Craig's Planet E studios in Detroit. Released in Europe on French/German label Infiné, Tristano uses the album to continue exploring the sonic breadth of his classical piano compositions by working with electronic music's most lauded. Idiosynkrasia will hit the US next year on January 15.