Bands We Like: Frank Riggio's Cinematic Sounds from the South of France
Music can have cinematic value.
Sometimes, you want to let your mind paint the picture. French producer Frank Riggio’s music is filled with sounds that suggest a scene; place, weather, and even time of day. Some of the percussive noises are unidentifiable, and yet they suggest a locale. The melodies are formed from layers of orchestral sound into a jazzy progression and the percussion is purposely echoed out like distant war drums. A very Amon Tobin vibe permeates Riggio’s work, in feel and in sound.
Riggio resides in the south of France near Toulouse, where he has spent most of his life. That’s one hell of a beautiful place to produce such dark music in. Whatever the inspiration for his vision, it’s executed with the skill of a seasoned producer. He fits well with label mates like Spoonbill, with a detailed style in which no two bars sound the same, yet every track reflects the producer’s overall personality.
In the next year, Riggio will begin releasing a trilogy of albums. The first is due out in early 2011. On his website he stated
“We’ll not release the albums at the same time though, think of a movie ‘saga’.”
Perfect! I look forward to this trilogy and hope that it replaces my current favorite cinematic trilogy, the Look Who’s Talking series. And that’s a hard one to beat!
Check out Frank Riggio’s “Symmetric Human Door”