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Homunculus Res


Canterbury Scene

4.00 | 56 ratings

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Rock Progressivo Italiano!
4 stars Amazing modern RPI/Canterbury

Another wonderful band on the ever-growing excellent AltRock label, HOMUNCULUS RES is a Sicilian band centered around songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist Dario D'Alessandro. Other members currently include keyboardists David Di Giovanni and Federico Cardaci, bassist Domenico Salamone, flutist Dario Lo Cicero, and drummer Daniele Di Giovanni. A featured guest on the band's debut is YUGEN keyboardist Paolo "Ske" Botta.

The primary inspiration for the band is PICCHIO DAL POZZO, the best Canterbury-influenced Italian band from the 1970s. They seem likewise, as did PICCHIO DAL POZZO, to derive inspiration from other Canterbury bands, particularly CARAVAN and SOFT MACHINE. There are some trippy GONG-like passages as well. But HOMONCULUS RES is far from being a simple clone--they have taken the light, breezy, humorous Canterbury feel and mixed it with the early material from PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI and even LE ORME. They have combined these influences, spinning the whole in their wonderful melodic sensibilities, in the process creating one of the more unique and memorable entries into the crowded field of modern excellent Rock Progressivo Italiano.

This is one of the more interesting and better entries into a very crowded field of recent Rock Progressivo Italiano albums. The melodies are infectious, and the songwriting always interesting. There are several musical quotations that briefly appear (my favorite is the Michael Jackson "Billie Jean" riff that shows up in "DJ Psicosi"). The musicianship is stellar, as well, though always restrained and tasteful. And how can you not love an album with a song entitled "Preparation H Bomb"?

Don't let this album go unheard! There are several songs on YouTube and some abbreviated clips on Allmusic. (Also, catch the excellent progmistress review!) This is one that you'll enjoy for a long long time. Four stars (Gnosis 12/15)

Todd | 4/5 |


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