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Tacita Intesa


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.91 | 66 ratings

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4 stars Excellent debut!!

Another wonderful new band from Italy, Tacita Intesa released their debut album in 2014--and what a debut it is! The band is a quintet from Tuscany who came together in 2008 and have been honing their craft together ever since. Two guitars and a nice selection of keyboards--especially some nice Hammond--complemented by a solid rhythm section, create the pastiche of sounds that characterize Tacita Intesa. The vocals are fairly sparse and are pleasant when present.

The album opener "Ciutikutown" begins with some interesting post-rock flavor, akin to contemporary band Lagartija. But before long the groove emerges, along with some nice solos, including a nice fat bass solo. One thing I love about the keyboard solos in particular is the choice of patches--nice sounds! The next song "Daigo" is a beautiful piano/guitar trio with interweaving arpeggios and exquisite melodies. "Portmanteau" is very short, at just over a minute. But the last twenty seconds are absolutely incredible, with Osanna-like frenetic activity that ends way too soon.

For me the standout on the album is "Corona," a seven minute long track that covers a lot of ground. The opening section is slow and spacey, with organ chords that sound like they came straight out of Pink Floyd. But the song doesn't stay still for long at any point. The early groove soon morphs into hard riffs doubled by Hammond and guitar, echoing back to the hard rock of the early 1970s. A chord suddenly and surprisingly transforms into an organ drone with some guitar and nice keys over the top, then some beautiful acoustic melodies which are soon doubled by the voice. This lasts for a bit then gradually takes on a harder edge, with the guitars more and more distorted and the organ more fuzzed. Nice guitar solos! A quick picture of interweaving guitars provide a brief interlude before the hard riffs featured earlier make a reappearance and close this excellent song out.

Don't let this one pass you by, especially if you're a fan of RPI. Head over to their bandcamp page (linked on the artist page) and listen and even download (currently for free!). Or even better, support the band and buy the beautiful digipack CD, available directly from the band or at other retailers (synphonic, etc). Four solid stars! (Gnosis 12/15)

Todd | 4/5 |


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