Monday, June 22, 2015

Armonite "The Sun is New each Day"

Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Release dateJune 22, 2015
1. Suitcase War (3:45)
2. Connect Four (3:22)
3. 'G' as in Gears (3:20)
4. Sandstorm (3:43)
5. Slippery Slope (3:17)
6. Satellites (3:47)
7. Die Grauen Herren (2:47)
8. Le Temps Qui Fait ta Rose (3:25)
9. Insert Coin (3:36)

Jacopo Bigi - electric violin
Paolo Fosso - keyboards
Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) - bass
Jasper Barendregt - drums
Anders 'Goto80' Carlsson - 8-bit sounds (9)
Marcello Rosa - cello (5, 7)

Armonite was formed in 1996. They released their first album in 1999, but eventually split up, so Jacopo could follow his career as a classical violinist and violin teacher, while Paolo started working in the music administration. It wouldn’t be until 15 years later that they would unite to form a new band while borrowing the name of their old one.
 “Working with a team like this is fantastic,” says Fosso, composer of the album, “Everyone’s unique skills and talents added something special to the album and the final result is powerful. We tried to give the album one sonority, but also characterize each track with a different setting.
“For example, in the song “Suitcase war” you’ll see a rejection of how our life has changed after becoming workaholics. Whereas “Insert Coin”, featuring 8-bit sounds by Swedish demoscener Anders ‘Goto80′ Carlsson, is a tribute to 80’s and 90’s arcade coin-ops.”
Each track captures the various passions found in the band. “Satellites” is a reflection on space exploration and technology, “’G’ as in Gears” features Samuel Gomper’s famous speech, “What does the Working Man Want?” and “Die Grauen Herren” recalls the Men in Grey from Michael Ende’s novel, Momo. The Sun is New Each Day is a whirlwind of sounds, themes and emotions. “Connect Four”, a track composed by Bigi, finds its sound in a protest against gambling addictions. While the track “Sandstorm” is a look at the living energy that can be found in Marrakech.
“We hope the album connects you to the world around you,” says Fosso, “Tracks like “Le temps qui fait ta rose” from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery suggest ‘It’s the time you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important.’ Yet, the track “Slippery Slope” explores that unclear side of the human soul.” (progmetalzone.com)
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