Composer Anthony DiStefano has been plugging away in obscurity for at least four years, and his latest effort, an untitled collection of nine songs, carries the dusty and even nostalgic sound of obscurity about it. DiStefano's compositions are exclusively created on keyboards, and call to mind '70s sci-fi soundtracks for TV shows like Dr. Who
. In fact, fans of soundtracks are likely to be among the finite group of people who will appreciate DiStefano's sturdy work.
That's because there is nothing resembling popular music among this collection -- and while that limits DiStefano's audience, it certainly hasn't limited his possibilities for exposure. He has composed the theme song to a public TV program and received airplay on a handful of public (or at least public-sounding) radio stations in the midwest and New York.
DiStefano creates atmospheric melodies, and at its most assertive ("Klang") his work is fairly compelling. The lack of beats might turn off listeners hoping for more accessible material, but that's not DiStefano's style and he's probably the better for it. As this collection attests, DiStefano's work is the kind of stuff that is best suited for dressing up cinema, and would be wasted taking shots at the pop charts.