Albanese’s cinematic new track ‘The Lantern’ seamlessly blends contemporary classical, pop, and electronic ambience which exudes an airy, meditative beauty. Where many musicians turn to seismic personal events for inspiration, for Albanese inspiration originates from anything playing on his mind: an image perhaps, an experience, a feeling. ‘The Lantern’ was written following Saint Martin's day in Germany, a celebratory day on which families make and decorate lanterns, before carrying their candle-lit creations on a ritualistic procession along the street then congregating at a bonfire to sing.
Albanese says, “There's something extremely beautiful about it. It’s dark, with just the light from the lanterns, and some people were even hanging bells and little pieces of wood, so there was a strange kind of musical background as well. I kept thinking about this moment, then I said, ‘Ok, let's write a song about it’, because that's what I do when I have something in my head. So I sat down at the piano, and I started writing this song with a feeling of walking in procession with gentle, delicate melodies – like a lullaby.”
Its fragile minimalism, with hypnotic flowing piano and soft synths, captures perfectly that bewitching nocturnal atmosphere - an example of how Albanese’s music is so cinematic.