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Homunculus Res


Canterbury Scene

3.94 | 64 ratings

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4 stars What a wonderful cover art! This new Italian band doesn't hesitate to go full steam at any musical ideas that keep blossoming just like the little mushrooms from the guy's head. Right from the start you get both Zappa's breath-taking angularity and Canterbury's jazzy charm as referring points. One example of the free- minded approach is the way 'Dj Psicosi' ties together disco and jazz grooves with a musical citation of Michael Jackson's 'Billy Jean'. There are as many as 18 tracks, under three minutes in average, but the listening experience is not much marred by that seemingly short-tempered nature any more than on the certain albums of Soft Machine or Hatfield and the North.

The playing is amazing, even virtuotic especially for the Moog. There's naturally the danger of self-indulgent showing off, but it's happily avoided. Probably the biggest reason for that is the fresh airiness in the keyboard oriented sound, where also the guitar usually stays pretty cool and jazzy. The first half of the album has more vocals that effortlessly get along with the music's wittiness, whereas the latter half is more instrumentally oriented, and there may be a slight unbalance in the track order. However the final song is nicely relaxed. For me this is one of my highligts in the prog year 2013.

(Recycled from a review for Colossus magazine.)

Matti | 4/5 |


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