Pulsar is the project of the electronic musician and drummer Leonardo Pucci. He has announced the release of a new album called Nebula which will be out on April 8th via Rous Records. According to the press release, it is a record characterized by a strong duality, starting from its title with a double meaning, relative to both that of nebula and that of cloud: the first three pieces in the tracklist, with a more electronic imprinting, are related to Space, while the next five were created starting mainly from acoustic instruments and a more melodic approach, placing themselves in proximity to an imaginary connected to the Earth.

He explains: “The album is called Nebula, and it was written and recorded between March 2020 and June 2021 during the period of lockdown, while we all felt lost, floating beings in limbo. The writing for this album was inspired by these sensations, and I wanted to describe them through a journey inside a nebula. Initially overwhelmed by the beauty of the giant molecular cloud and its cosmic elements, your thoughts move to something more familiar, the Earth. Through primordial memories, the waves, the clouds, the wind, you realize that there is nothing more beautiful than our planet, and that is why we must respect and preserve it“.

Today we have the pleasure to share the official self-directed video of the track ”Distant Waves”. Watch it below and read ur chat with the artist.

Let’s start from the current situation. How are you living these strange times and what are the main concerns as an artist? 

As everyone else I live these strange times day by day. We have learned that you cannot make long-term plans because everything is unpredictable and the situation can change overnight, but I always hope that this is going to end really soon and we can move forward all of this.

As an artist I am obviously concerned about the live performance situation but we have made great strides in no time, even with all the restrictions it is now possible to play live and I can’t wait to get back on stage and share my new music.

You have announced a new album called “Nebula”. What are the first vivid memories of this album and what was the main focus when you started to compose it?

I started recording “Nebula” at the beginning of the first lock down and I remember that even though I had a lot of time it was really hard to write new music because I wasn’t mentally free.

The album is the result of this feeling of being suspended, like I was floating with no sense of time and no way to go.

Today we share the official video for the track “Distant Waves”. You self-directed the video, right? How much important is the visual part for your work?

This track has a long history. I wrote “Distant Waves” for the first time in 2017 as the soundtrack for a short documentary, ” ‘A Lampara ” by the young director Riccardo Federico, and after a few years I decided to rearrange it for a live performance and after many changes this is the final result. So yes, the visual part is really important to my work and in this case it was also a source of inspiration. Yes, I self directed this video, but it wouldn’t have been the same without the incredible performance of the dancer Veronica Biondini. I just filmed her beautiful improvisations on my music. 

The Artwork of the new album is very interesting. How did you choose the artwork?

Sometimes I love to spend some time travelling the world just sitting in my chair and scrolling through some satellite images. Here you can realise how extraordinary our planet looks from space. If you look closely you can find places that look like impressionist paintings, full of bright colours, and sometimes a mountain in the desert can look like a nebula in space. In everyday life I am a designer and I love to draw minimalist geometric shapes that simplify a complex image, that’s why I finished the image with these three squares which are my vision of a nebula.

Ritual question. Have you seen or heard anything good recently?

There is a lot of good new music, but one of my favourites I’ve recently heard is Big Thief’ latest album  “Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You”.