Claudio Conti releases his new video for the track titled ‘That Strange Iron Star’. Steeped in musical knowledge and a penchant for that catchy alt-folk hook, Claudio has that certain something that more musicians need and most musicians want that gives him the ability to give his listeners captivation for the music and appreciation for the craft. ‘That Strange Iron Star’ is from a musician that has an ear for what the song needs and a guitarist that knows all the right chord progressions needed.
While the video for ‘That Strange Iron Star’ may be simple, it’s also to the point. And that is what is needed here. That straight forward mash of story and subtle emotion. The traveler’s sense of longing fits well as a visual track to the sound.
Claudio Conti is an Italian songwriter whose style is rooted in the same romantic pensiveness that marks the music of Tim Buckley, Nick Drake, Gene Clark. and Tim Hardin. Largely drawn to psychedelic music, folk-rock, and 80’s indie rock, he considers Gram Parsons, The Doors, The Smiths and early R.E.M. as his main influences.
Back in 2003-04, Conti self-released a sequence of home recordings called ‘Botticelli’, followed by the ‘Handmaids Skim The Marble’ EP in 2008 and the ‘Northern’ EP the following year. Having spent a significant amount of time in the UK and the United States, his various life experiences there allowed him to further shape his expressive-musical style and influences, resulting in the album ‘Every Forest Has Its Shadow’ (2012), which he fully wrote and then recorded with psychedelic folk-rock band Magic Salad.
After a two-year hiatus, Conti split his time between Chicago, Los Angeles, and London last year, and decided to officially release his first solo album ‘Saltworks’ (recorded in 2013-14) with Seahorse Recordings and was very well received by Italian magazines and webzines.
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