Batticuore is an exquisite and dizzying carousel that folds some of Cortini’s bolder guitar work into a glorious pop epic, while La Storia ascends the same heights via a different route, pitch-shifting and layering a synthetic lead with a finely tuned noisescape before giving way to the mournful grind of Sabbia. Boldly presented with richly saturated imagery by Emilie Elizabeth and Raki Fernandez, ‘Volume Massimo’ is a work as confident as it is tender, and its cover proclaims this.
Never falling prey to needless elaboration or digression, Cortini composes with a determined will to take what is felt through music as a map for life’s journey. It is in this sense that ‘Volume Massimo’ departs from a conceptual hierarchy and aims for the heart with a minimalist’s arrow.
I’m quoting Alessandro in saying that music is “a manifestation of your emotions, or a way for emotions to be placated or dealt with” – his music resonates profoundly with me for this reason. Avanti was a deeply personal, emotive show and I expect nothing less from Volume Massimo.