Michael D'Agostino

Future Reflections

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Employing a variety of instruments that range from electronic drums and keyboards to bodhran, dumbek, and Tibetan bells, Michael D'Agostino's debut album, Future Reflections, is a multi-layered veneer of ethnic elements over a percussive framework that occasionally leans toward dance music, not unlike the sounds of Dead Can Dance or Deep Forest. D'Agostino manages to be a virtual one-man band on the recording, assisted by Jeff Thall on guitar (with Thall also sharing composer credits on two songs), but he also takes advantage of the skills that he has honed for years as a composer to create an album that shimmers with many different textures.D'Agostino also seems to have developed the steady hand and vision necessary to make music of this sort sound deep and resonant without being cluttered. Future Reflections is not an album that immediately grabs you and shocks you with its brilliance, but D'Agostino has an admirable debut album here, a recording that is pleasant and inspires introspection.

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