Speaking eloquently with the voice of the classical Spanish nylon string guitar, Italian-born, Seattle-based Andre Feriante combines elements of classical and flamenco, the lush melodies of Brazil, the rhythmic subtleties of Spain, and the tenderness of Italian romanticism to create the vibe of Angelica, appropriately subtitled An Invitation to Dream. Marking his debut on Passage Records, this silky, melodic, and highly atmospheric 16-song collection is an appropriate introductory showcase to Feriante's unique and spontaneous, highly improvisational style. Angelica offers an intimate look at the multifaceted approach the guitarist brings to his original compositions and performance techniques. A haunting, gentle touch graces tunes like "Braziluna" and "Quando Lembro," which are reminiscent of Brazilian composers Villa Lobos and Baden Powell, while Feriante's European roots take hold on "Garden of Desire" and "The Wandering Horsemen," incorporating Spanish tremolo into an Italian folk melody. For all the exotica and technical expertise, however, this album is definitely for meditation only. It may inspire you to dream, but it might just then unintentionally lull you to sleep. There's minimal distinction between tunes, though an overall atmospheric vibe seems to be the intention.
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AllMusic Review by Jonathan Widran