Alessandro Ciminata has only been feeding our ears with his releases for a period just shy of two years. In that short time, the singer-songwriter has already built up quite a buzz. With accolades from various radio hosts and publications, one of which has likened Ciminata’s music to Bon Iver’s, the ICMP graduate seems to be on a steady climb to garnering bouts of well-deserved attention and acclaim.
With six singles under his belt, Ciminata is soon to release a seventh to add to his richly developing musical catalogue. ‘Ain’t Nothing But Rain’, co-written with producer Jack Gourlay (Rhodes, Paradisia) is a beautifully sentimental musical journey that traverses themes of separation, loss and navigating the vast expanse of space that can unfurl between people.
“It’s a very special song for me. I wrote this song back in July, and a few days before the session I lost my grandad. It’s been such a tough summer for me, I’ve been through so many things and that was just unexpected, it made me realise how precious the time we spend with people we care is, and that distance was something I needed to write about. I think distance doesn’t really exist if we don’t stop thinking about who we love, wherever they are. I know my grandad he’s gone now, but somehow, I will never let him go.”
The tone of the percussion-punctuated verses is that of melancholy nostalgia, however, the mood swiftly shifts when Ciminata abandons wistfulness and leans towards optimism with his lyrics. The downtempo drumline builds to a vibrant, dynamic and full soundscape, peaking at an uplifting and catchy chorus as Ciminata shows us how the simplest change in perspective can offer the greatest comfort.
Consistent with previous tracks, ‘Ain’t Nothing But Rain’ features Ciminata’s textured, baritone and sonorous voice gliding above an atmospheric, synth-saturated production – his signature sound, which Ciminata describes as “retro-tinged indie-pop with references to the 80s/90s, but still contemporary and introspective”.
Ciminata’s sonic spectrum has demonstrably matured since ‘Last Call’, his first ever release at the start of 2017, and this growth has been reflected by a mounting fan base too. “Every song I write and release has helped me to become a better artist, I feel like I am constantly evolving. I don’t feel like I need to stop and think about it, I feel like I just need to express myself as much as possible… I’m growing up and my music is growing up with me.”
Ciminata always manages to paint a spellbinding picture with each song by creating an inviting intimacy through his contemplative and emotionally charged vocals, which echo Marcus Mumford’s (of Mumford & Sons). He expresses that he draws inspiration from “80s stuff, Bruce Springsteen, as well as contemporary [artists] like the 1975, Jack Garratt, Alex Vargas, Dermot Kennedy. London is a big influence in all its glory, the music scene here is great and very inspiring.” Then after crediting John Mayer with his desire to pursue the singer-songwriter path, Ciminata goes on to talk about how he got into music in the first place:
“When I was a kid, I was spending my free time after school, listening to the radio and recording on an old cassette the music I liked. Then I was singing random melodies and ‘writing songs’ whilst drawing (im)possible EP artworks, my parents thought I was crazy. Then, growing up, I started suffering from anxiety for a while. Playing the guitar was the only thing that was calming me down and helped me go through it. Music is powerful, and this is so true.”
Evidently, it hasn’t been an easy road for Ciminata, but it seems that in the face of adversity the musician remains stoic and unfazed, and ever looking for the positives as he uses his abundant talent to transform his struggles into art.
“I’m facing challenges every day, this industry is a tough one. It’s really hard to be independent and auto-finance everything. The most important thing I’ve learnt is never wait for someone else to approve your project, keep working hard, be active and expose yourself and never stop!”
True to his word, Ciminata doesn’t seem like he will be stopping anytime soon. With new releases in the pipeline for the end of this year and plans to write and record new music for 2019, the rising singer-songwriter will continue to follow his relentless drive and satisfy his unabating hunger, as well as our eardrums, for the foreseeable future.
‘Ain’t Nothing But Rain’ will be released tomorrow, and if you’re in London, you can find Ciminata supporting Anemone at The Shacklewell Arms on October 29th.
Stream ‘Ain’t Nothing but Rain’, below.
Words by Anya Angert