Umberto: Alienation (Not Not Fun, 2016)September 5, 2016 at 9:06 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
After a few Italo-disco-ish singles and some soundtrack releases on Death Waltz, Matt Hill’s Umberto project returns to Not Not Fun for its fourth proper (non-soundtrack) album. This one shows more range than previous Umberto releases, ranging from atmospheric theme-like pieces to haunted electro-disco to ethereal ballads that come close to sounding like Black Tape For a Blue Girl. This one didn’t stand out as much as past Umberto releases the first time I listened, but after numerous listens it grew on me and now I love it. This guy is easily up there with S U R V I V E and Xander Harris as far as recreating the suspenseful synth sounds of the ’80s. He just needs to get lucky scoring something that ends up going viral the way Stranger Things did so he can get the recognition he deserves.