Moonbound- Peak of Eternal Light

Imagine if you will, sitting on the floor in your bedroom, listening to your local radio station, hunched over your radio with fingers ready on the play and record buttons for that exact moment your favorite song starts to play, hoping that the DJ isn’t going to talk over the intro ruining a perfect recording opportunity. While I may have just described the first moments of music pirating, to me it’s a feeling of pure nostalgia. After all, making mixed tapes of my favorite 80s songs was my favorite pastime. It seems I no longer have to pine for the music of my youth or the nostalgic feelings it conjures up. It’s back. Welcome back, my favorite genre of music. Fabio Trentini is bringing you back in style.

Mixing 80s texture with progressive elements, Italian singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Fabio Trentini, known for Subway to Sally and Le Orme, has released Peak of Eternal Light, the latest album from his music project Moonbound.

Moonbound is a studio project made up of Trentini on a multitude of parts (vocals, mixing, keyboard, guitar, and bass), co-producer and drummer Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, Mr. Mister), who is regarded “as the driving force behind Trentini’s hooky compositions,” and guitarist Markus Reuter, who also co-produced and who makes an appearance on the album with his signature U8 touch guitar. Peak of Eternal Light is an ensemble of musical talent. Also contributing on the album are drummer Michi Dei Rossi from Italian prog band Le Orme, and longtime XTC guitarist Dave Gregory. Bringing together a powerhouse of artists, who lived through and contributed to the best of progressive pop, was sure to be a winning combination.

When creating the album, Trentini said he was looking for 80s sound on purpose. He used old synthesizers and created the sound he was looking for. He doesn’t emulate the 80s. He creates his own version of what audiophiles loved about the 80s.

Peak of Eternal Light is the second Moonbound album, following the release of Confession and Release in 2008, an album that prefaces this new release nicely. It’s easy to see the love of 80s pop that influences Trentini and helped this second album emerge stronger.

The album starts and ends with a melodic walk through the 80s. With a throwback to Love & Rockets on the opening track “Our Day Will Come,” there are a few tracks that are keyboard and guitar heavy, as in “Here in Wonderland,” and throughout the album the vocals remind me of Peter Gabriel when he was in his prime. In the title track “Peak of Eternal Light” it is evident that Trentini is a mixologist of sorts. I believe the guitar pays homage to his favorite song “Walking on the Moon” by The Police.

When listening to the tracks, a continual thought of “oh, that sounds like that band I loved…who is that,” but the answer is it’s everyone. The best part about this album is the sum of its parts. The embodiment of all of the sounds I love and my favorite bands. My favorite song, “While We Sleep,” invokes a physical response in me. There’s something about it that pulls at my heartstrings and ushers me into a whirlwind of memories. The synth in the back is nice.  It has a kind of a haunting sustained sound, leaving a lingering after effect.

The songs are all steeped in emotion and prove that they are inspired by a generation of music when lyrics mattered. All of the songs on the album, with the exception of “Heatwave” were written in whole or in part by Fabio Trentini. The talent in this musician is limitless.

Side note: I will also add right here right now that I want to thank whoever it was that decided to bring back the fade out on this album. Bravo!

Take a moment to download “Our Day Will Come” and watch the video. It will soon be your favorite.

“Peak of Eternal Light” released by Unsung Records


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