Pietro Bonaiti is a multi-talented musician from Italy that implements a deep, haunting, rich flavor within in his original and unique brand of sound art. Having been involved in several established bands in the past since the 2010’s (Gli Occhi Degli Altri, Human Colonies), it was only appropriate that Pietro would take time to release a series of experimental works on his own time. Released on Beached Records in March 2021, The Exact Moment When I Realised That Life Could Bore Me grabbed my attention from the first listen, pulled me into another dimension, and delightfully ignited my nostalgic sentiment. Overall, the release has many cinematic sensibilities, and is anything but boring. I’m reminded very much of epic Drama, Sci-Fi, and Adventure films of the 80’s and 90’s from start to finish. Each track is executed with an air of unpredictability while allowing the listener to absorb each musical motif presented. “Sea” opens the album on a serene note with its introspective quality, gradually building up in dynamic until it gains a greater momentum toward its conclusion. “Would You Rather” is a bit more low-key and tempered in its timbre, dominated by a saw wave synth sound and a mellow, pensively performed piano pattern which enters around the midway point. “Stillness” comes in on a somber note, fueled by a smooth yet prominent bass kick, arpeggiated synth bursts, and a Fender Rhodes-like Keyboard carrying the musical theme. “Homesickness” treads into more spacious atmospheres with a very adventurous, majestic, melodic theme. “Dungeon” picks up on where its predecessor leaves off, taking the listener further through the listening experience like a conquest into deep space. The title is misleading, perhaps, because the melody is quite uplifting and beautiful.
As we reach the middle of the album, we come upon the wonderfully crafted “Ghost” , which initially portrays a wonderfully sentimental piano piece backed by a swirl of airy, ambient wind soundscapes before transitioning into a creepier, eerier work that sucks the listener into a black hole of mystery and foreboding uneasiness. “Doep” brightens things up a bit more, interjecting faint percussive bursts in its climax. It keeps the listener inspired to continue this epic journey. The 12 minute “Interstellar” further reinforces my previous idea while taking things to another level. An enigmatic, choral, heavily reverberated ambiance sustains throughout the work, gradually building up in timbre and intensity through each passing stage…until the 10 minute mark, where we’re met with a jarring, cacophonous clashing of tonality and texture, as if another opaque void of darkness suddenly lies ahead. “Low Love” – a short, sentimental piano piece – is beautifully haunting. Yet even through its shades of sadness, I was able to draw a greater sense of hope and awe upon its listen. Finally, “Goodbye” closes the album on a breathtaking note. Cinematic, orchestral strings take the listener to the end of the journey until it suddenly ends with the clink of a bell that fades off with the sands of time.
I would like to say more great things about this listening experience, but I’m at a loss for words. I highly recommend The Exact Moment When I Realised That Life Could Bore Me while staring at a beautiful red sunrise or a rich crimson sunset. Caution: this marvelous release will leave you wanting more – wanting to stop time in its tracks, and travel beyond the horizon to see what awaits.