Friday, February 10, 2017

Maxophone "La Fabbrica delle Nuvole"

Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: AMS (AMS278CD)
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: February 10, 2017
1. Un ciclone sul Pacifico
2. Perdo il colore blu
3. Il passo delle ore
4. La fabbrica delle nuvole
5. La luna e la lepre
6. Estate '41
7. Nel fiume dei giorni i tuoi capelli
8. Il matto e l'aquilone
9. Le parole che non vi ho detto

Sergio Lattuada - keyboards, voice
Alberto Ravasini - acoustic guitar, keyboards, lead voice
Marco Croci - bass, voice
Carlo Monti - drums, percussion, violin
Marco Tomasini - electric guitar, voice

It's a profoundly progressive album, characterized by typical counterpoint and classical orchestration structural elements, that flow into contemporary music and sometimes even into real fusion. Two other components live together in this album, in a surprising way: a rock-oriented soul, thanks to Marco Croci (bass and vocals) and Marco Tomasini (guitar and vocals), and another one more tied to the band's vintage sound, 'personified' by historical components Sergio Lattuada (piano, keyboards and vocals) and Alberto Ravasini (guitars, keyboards and lead vocals); the line-up is completed by the new entry Carlo Monti (drums, percussion and violin).

But what makes "La fabbrica delle nuvole" really innovative is the collaboration with writer and journalist Roberto Roversi, that finds its roots in the early '90s from a first encounter with Alberto Ravasini. Only in 2011 Maxophone and Roversi have resumed contacts after a long silence, and from the latter, sadly missed in the autumn of the following year, the band inherited the lines that Roversi had already begun to write for them: that was the decisive push towards the final working steps of a record that today finally sees the light.

"La fabbrica delle nuvole" therefore sounds like a collection of poems, set to music by an essential Italian prog group who, while having updated their sound to these actual times, are still surrounded by that 'mystical' aura that already marked their first, unforgettable record.

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