Vincent DiFrancesco is an artist who was brought to my attention a while ago via a collaboration he did with Kisnou. From that day I've been hooked; everything Vincent puts out is nothing short of a masterpiece. Utilising his fluency with the viola and violin to add a human touch to his pieces, he manages to tap into and showcase a desperately unexplored corner of the chillout scene.
"Borne" is yet another glorious display of his talent. Opening with a gentle staccato riff layered with pads and effects that twinkle around the stereo space, the piece quickly takes off with a viola lead that bends through notes in a manner that is nothing short of heart-wrenching. This is eventually replaced by a new lead that bounces around almost jovially; the second half of the song manages to carry an inexplicable energy considering it's simultaneously relaxing nature.
This duality is something reflected in a lot of Vincent's music. The track "Pilgrimage" from his In a Thousand Valleys EP accomplishes the same effect, and I'd go as far as to say it's one of the easiest ways to identify a Vincent DiFrancesco piece. Nobody else seems to be able to capture the sound so proficiently.
Throughout the track and indeed his whole discography, the strings on display are the stuff of dreams. I truly, truly recommend taking a listen to as much of Vincent DiFrancesco's music as possible; the man is criminally underrated.