Category: 2018

Troot – Constance and the Waiting [2018] pt.1

By Marcello Nardi Aug 16, 2018 1

Some years ago I was invited by a friend at a dinner in a fancy high-profile restaurant in Milan. Purpose of the event was not quite eating, but cooking for others, even though none there was even an amateur cook. I was thrown in a company of strangers, whom I soon understood were high potential fast-riser young managers, for playing a serious game to test our skills of team working. As soon as we were divided in teams and commissioned to create a menu for guests at our own will, we were to play our management skills and show how… Continue reading

Quartet Diminished – Station Two [Hermes Records 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Jun 26, 2018 0

My goal was to form a band with musicians with different backgrounds and tastes. As a guitar player progressive and metal music have influenced me most. Our drummer, Rouzbeh Fadavi, comes from more jazzy background, our pianist, Mazyar Younesi, is graduated in classical music and also a conductor, and our woodwind player, Soheil Peyghambari, has more folk music background. Ehsan Sadigh, guitarist and one of the founders of Teheran based Quartet Diminished, points very clearly in his words at what were his purposes since the start of his band. Different identities collide in four different people’ backgrounds, western and eastern… Continue reading

David Kollar/Arve Henriksen – Illusion of a Separate World [Hevhetia 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Jun 17, 2018 0

Two separate worlds meet, two distant cultures cross their multiple influences finding a common ground with unexpected easiness. Several references merge into the unique sound of Illusion of a Separate World. Slovakian guitarist David Kollar and Norwegian trumper Arve Henriksen blend their playing into shimmering soundscapes, ethnic influences, electronic rhythms and post-rock riffs. They manage to go straight to the core of things since the initial notes, never adding anything more than what’s needed. Not making any useless or unselfish music, they are always focused only on unleashing the hidden meaning that everything has, quoting Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky. Illusion of… Continue reading

Mark Wingfield – Tales from the Dreaming City [MoonJune 2018]

By Marcello Nardi May 26, 2018 0

When in September 2012 Steve Vai showed up on Guitar World‘s cover along with emerging shredder Tosin Abasi, it seemed like he was trying to bring some fresh air. After the golden era of the ’80s and’ 90s, the electric guitar had – according to few- lost its charm, had less appeal on new generations, despite the explosion of many shredders on YouTube, it was – arguably- less innovative than the past. Yet the Italo-American shaman had no doubts: guitar would have been the instrument of the future. When listening to Mark Wingfield‘s Tales from the Dreaming City it is easy to… Continue reading

Sonar with David Torn – Vortex [RareNoise 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Mar 30, 2018 2

“Repetition does not change anything in the repeated object, but changes something in the mind of the observer” (Deleuze, Difference and Repetition in Margulis, On Repeat, Oxford University Press). Swiss band Sonar works to create this space between music and listening, between repetition and the listener since 2010. Their playing is made by clean guitars, overrepeated rhythmic patterns, slow, sinister and isomorphic grooves, stripped of barely all the melodic content. Resulting in an hypnotic, ancestral outcome, which changes with each listening, like if it were the perfect explanation of Deleuze’s sentence above. A line-up made by guitars, strictly tritone-tuned, played by Stephan… Continue reading

Perfect Beings – Vier [InsideOut 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Feb 9, 2018 0

English version La voce armonizzata a la Jacob Collier parte a cappella in un funky in 7/4, preparando il terreno al basso, che lavora lo stesso tempo con un pattern in 2+4+4+4 ricco di irregolarità e groove in stile Chris Squire. E poi a cascata un solo ricco di feel del sax soprano per nulla spaventato dagli accenti irregolari. E quindi uno stacco orchestrale su cui un cordofono disegna poche note. Che diventa un piacevole electro pop (ancora in 7), dove il cordofono dialoga con la voce. Come in un caleidoscopio, vediamo immagini che già riconosciamo ed in cui ci siamo già imbattuti,… Continue reading

Jamie Saft – Solo a Genova [RareNoise 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Jan 23, 2018 0

English version Poche note, metalliche, suonate da dentro il pianoforte a creare un’atmosfera appena percettibile ed atonale, giocate sui registri più basso e più alto. Poi una scala guida fino all’accordo cadenzato, a ritmo andante: é il preludio al tema grave e solenne, che ti prende fino alle viscere di Sharp Dressed Man, classico degli ZZ Top, risuonato da Jamie Saft al pianoforte. Un solo accordo minore, pieno, che risuona nella sala da concerto, gioca sulla 5a blues e ne tira fuori l’essenzialità. Il registro più basso della tastiera ci prende l’anima, non c’é davvero bisogno di dire altro. Non… Continue reading

Dominique Vantomme – Vegir [MoonJune 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Jan 16, 2018 1

English version Un’ostinato costituito su un accordo di Fender Rhodes, una nota di basso in slide dal registro basso a quello alto, un soundscape di chitarra ed i piatti a portare un rock moderato. Pochi ingredienti, eppure capaci di tenere l’ascolto incollato nel senso di attesa per qualcosa che lentamente succederà, per sette minuti, senza far sentire il passare del tempo. Non cambierà molto di questo scenario, ma quando prima la chitarra porta una nota con la lead, poi il basso ripete il suo stesso tema con la compressione la tensione cresce con lentezza. Ecco che anche il Rhodes risponde:… Continue reading

Slivovitz – LiveR [MoonJune 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Dec 17, 2017 0

English version Se chiedete a mia madre il suo attore preferito lei vi risponde Humphrey Bogart. ‘Ma non é bello’ ‘Si, ma é affascinante’. E poi vi fa una sfilza di attori belli che non ballano. Ecco, uso questa metafora per dire che un bel disco da studio seguito da un live non all’altezza, é un bello che non balla. Esempio che non si addice proprio a LiveR degli Slivovitz, visto che é un lavoro che balla un prog tiratissimo dal sapore di funk, incrociato tra tempi composti, groove aggressivi e melodie etniche. Nati nel 2001 a Napoli, hanno alle spalle 5… Continue reading