|20 Jan 2017||Milvus||CD, Digital|
Hugo Selles is a very talented pianist/keyboardist composer originally from Spain now living in Denmark. The Lonely Traveller is his latest (first?) project allowing him to explore a large palette of musical interests. For this he is assisted by a group of excellent musicians on acoustic and electronic instruments (and voices), going under the name of Psychic Traveller.
The musical genres featured on The Lonely Traveller are very varied indeed. From track to track (and even within one) we can hear jazz, chamber music, symphonic rock, electronic experimental music, classical piano, and more. The moods range from very melodic to grandiose, with some detours in hard rock or electronic.
Because of that it is very hard to attache a label on Selles' music. The best adjective that comes to me is ''cinematic''. The Lonely Traveller is indeed a journey offered to the listener. It is what I consider to be an album, certainly not a collection of songs that can be listened to randomly.
Even though I cannot refer to any given artist or band to give an idea of what to expect on The Lonely Traveler, I think that Mike Oldfield, Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis and perhaps even more The Cinematic Orchestra can somewhat help in describing what to expect.
Hugo Selles (assisted by some very talented musicians) has offered us with The Lonely Traveller a very moving and captivating journey. I highly recommend that fans of the bands and musicians listed in this review seek out this excellent album.