Friday, May 25, 2018

Armonite "And the Stars Above"

Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: Cleopatra Records
Format: CD
Release date: May 25, 2018
01. The March of the Stars
02. Next Ride
03. District Red
04. Plaza de España
05. Clouds Collide
06. Blue Curaçao
07. By Heart
08. Freaks
09. By the Waters of Babylon
10. The Usual Drink
11. What's the Rush?
12. Ghosts
13. [Bonus Track] A Playful Day (for Strings Quartet)
14. [Bonus Track] The Fire Dancer (for Piano solo)

Jacopo Bigi - acoustic and electric violin, viola (3, 12, 13), ukulele (9), whistles (8)
Paolo Fosso - piano, keyboards
Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) - bass (1, 3, 8, 9, 11, 12)
Alberto Fiorani - bass (2, 6, 7)
Giacomo Lampugnani  - double bass (4, 8)
Gianmarco Straniero - double bass (9)
Corrado Bertonazzi - drums (1, 3, 6, 8, 11, 12)
Emiliano Cava - drums (2, 4, 7)
Jasper Barendregt - drums (9)
Maria Chiara Montagnari - voice (1, 5, 9)
Diletta Fosso - child's voice (12)
Marcello Rosa - cello (3)
Gabriele Montanari - cello (1, 13)
    Quartetto Indaco - string quartet (3):
Eleonora Matsuno - violin
Jamiang Santi - violin
Francesca Turcato - viola
Cosimo Carovani - cello

As with the previous album, And the Stars Above is an instrumental mix of electric violin, keyboards, bass, and drums with focus on the amazing and powerful electric violin, performed by Jacopo Bigi. The sound of the album is more oriented to soundtrack music with textures that feel very immediate. Throughout the album, lingers a ghostly female voice, appearing and disappearing here and there before fully emerging in the band's first song with lyrics, “Clouds Collide”. The track tells the story of a girl between time and memories. And the Stars Above is a journey through 12 tracks, starting with “The March of the Stars” inspired by Dante's Paradise and ending with “Ghosts”. The album also features two bonus tracks: a polyrhythmic piece for piano solo, “The Fire Dancer”, and the String Quartet “A Playful Day”.

Also read the reviews at alternativenation.net or rockeramagazine.com


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