Deliberately Constructed Moments LP by Impresario
At times both operatic and preciously cosmopolitan, the lead vocal you’re going to encounter in the new album Deliberately Constructed Moments by Impresario is everything Valerian Ruminski has led us to believe it can be and more. His virtuosities add to the pulsating fabric of melodicism pinning together the likes of “If the World Runs Out of Love,” the jovial “Sandals With Socks” and hard-hitting “Broken Line,” and although there’s a lot more to the content in Deliberately Constructed Moments than just his powerhouse singing alone, there’s no understating how pivotal a role it plays in every exciting track here.
The bravado in this LP doesn’t come to us via our vocalist alone, but through the collective sophistication his songwriting affords “Dirty Water,” the lurking “Mr. Lonely Heart” and “The Dancing Ghost.” Rhythm is such a prominent agent of evocation in Deliberately Constructed Moments, and as many critics have noted before, Ruminski’s singing style is one that can exert just as much physicality as drums would in a live performance. He knows how to utilize the recording studio, but more importantly than that, he has the organic chops to make incredible music right out of the box.
There’s certainly an old school feel to the mastering of this album, but I don’t know that “Every Moment,” “Fake News” or even the acoustic “There is a Body” would sound quite as radiant as they do in a purely digital setting. Without going straight analog, we’re getting a complete look at the natural quirks and enigmatic points within Impresario’s profile, and much like the aforementioned crooning, these details contribute enormously to the way we interpret the grander narrative in Deliberately Constructed Moments. Ruminski is always a conceptual mind in the studio, and he doesn’t disappoint in this latest addition to his résumé at all.
Exotic melodies can be found throughout the whole of the tracklist, but they’re linked together brilliantly through subtle sonic stitching in “What a Wonderful Day,” “Deep Purple” and “Mr. Lonely Heart,” each of which could be presented as a single or a deep cut the same. Continuity isn’t something we ever have to look very hard to find in an Impresario record, but this is an occasion on which it’s coming together too seamlessly for it to have been completely by design. There’s not a doubt in my mind that Ruminski is being himself in this performance, and really giving us everything he’s got artistically.
I’ve been saying to friends that this is one of the most multidimensional players around right now just given his versatility in bouncing between opera singing and rock n’ roll composing, and in Deliberately Constructed Moments, the Impresario brand takes on even greater aesthetical value to me. This is a critically provocative work that requires a couple of dedicated listens to fully appreciate, but much like anything you’re going to find on the finer side of the performance arts spectrum, the effort in seeking this underground offering out is more than worth the reward in what we’re getting in this LP.