Released in 1988 on the new age sub-label of Polygram dubbed Theta, Spanish guitar maestro Joan Bibiloni’s For a Future Smile continues the artist’s work of presenting the Mediterranean music of Mallorca through modern sounds. Tape loops, drum computers and synthesizers feature heavily alongside Bibiloni’s striking acoustic and ambient jazz mainstay sounds like fretless bass and electronic percussion. While Bibiloni was well aware of the “easy listening” intentions of the new age label, his goal with this album was actually to create deeply moving music more similar to that of ECM. For a full deep dive on this album, head to Fond/Sound.
Recommended – Full Listen
Tags: Ambient / Balearic / Cult Classic / Fusion