Queen of Balance
‘Bloodbath’ is the third single from IAKO’s debut EP Queen Of Balance. A personal reflection on his journey from Venice to London, the track is four minutes of pure crescendo. Starting with gently tickled piano over a softly plucked acoustic line, it soon blazes with stunning technicolor when the lush band arrangement that comes crashing in. The falsetto backing vocals showcase IAKO’s wide range as a singer, and on ‘Bloodbath’ he cleverly matches the music to the conceptual aspect of the song: the songwriter’s incessant need to adjust his personality to the surroundings. This is deeply thoughtful music from a young star whose most impressive asset is the bounteous creativity of his ancient sounding soul.
Drawing on the intimate worlds of indie-folk singer/songwriters like Lisa Hannigan and James Vincent McMorrow, as well as minimalist composers Erik Satie and Yann Tiersen, IAKO’s music is a unique blend of writerly lyricism and absorbing cathartic soundscapes. He draws heavily on the contrast between London’s frenetic pace and the languorous Venetian environment. On his debut EP Queen Of Balance, he tactfully explores the emotional complexity of transition and reinvention through his restless movement-oriented songwriting.
IAKO is the alias of Italian singer/songwriter Jacopo Rossetto. Born in 1995 and raised in the historic grandeur of Venice, Jacopo resisted the idea of music as a feasible pathway until he was nineteen. An essayist and a poet to boot, IAKO’s creative fulcrum stems from literature, specifically Greek and Roman. Queen of Balance explores Jacopo’s epiphany that his departure from Venice just reified the profound connection he’s had with it his whole life. Famed for its canals, water is something of a thematic obsession for the songwriter, stemming back to the early stages of his life when he fell into one of its numberless canals before being promptly rescued by his mother. Jacopo refers to this episode as his initiation; a baptism into the world of elemental world of currents and nature. These two things often inform his lyrics as he creatively reflects on the currents that swept him from Italy to the UK.