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Pensiero Nomade


Crossover Prog

3.78 | 11 ratings

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4 stars Pensiero Nomade is mainly the brainchild of Salvo Lazzara, a guitarist and composer from Pisa (although now based in Rome), former member of Germinale. The project took form in 2006 and the year after a debut album entitled Per questi e altri naufragi was released. This first work was followed by Tempi migliori (2009), Materia e Memoria (2011) and Imperfetta solitudine (2013), all blending in different doses - often with a strong minimalist approach - relaxing New Age atmospheres, ambient, jazz, a pinch of electronica and dreamy, ethereal guitar passages that every now and again could recall artists such as Riccardo Zappa or William Ackerman.

Da nessun luogo, the fifth Pensiero Nomade's studio album, was released in 2015 on the independent label Filibusta Records and features a richer sound and, for the first time, lyrics and vocal parts. For this work Salvo Lazzara gathered around him an excellent bunch of musicians who helped him to weave an intricate musical fabric full of nuances and delicate musical colours: in fact, along with Salvo Lazzara (9 strings touch guitar, electric guitar, synth guitar, bass, arrangements and programming) the line up features precious collaborators such as Fabio Anile (piano, synth, electronics), Michela Botti (vocals), Davide Guidoni (drums, percussions, gongs - from Taproban, Nuova Era, Daal), Andrea Pavoni (piano, synth, bass, guitar, vocals, arrangements and programming - from Greenwall and Inner Prospekt), Luca Pietropaoli (trumpet, electronics) and another former Germinale member, Alessandro Toniolo (flute, midi horns). According to an interview with Salvo Lazzara, this work is a concept album that tells in music and words of a deep sense of loss, a crises that you can overcome only by looking for the true sense of life in the reality that surrounds you...

The instrumental opener "Dove comincia il giorno" (Where the day begins) sets the atmosphere by taking you on an ethereal trip, at dawn... A slow train is breaking through the mist and you can smell exotic flavours and let your mind fly... The following "A tensione costante" (At constant tension) is another instrumental track. Here the rhythm slackens, the mood becomes darker, you can feel that something is going to happen...

On "Pił lontano, pił forte" (Farther, harder) we can hear for the first time the voice of Michela Botti as the music and lyrics evoke a sudden change of direction in the curve of time. Now everything flows and floats around you, old memories come back as your heart is beating harder than ever... Then "Niente, finalmente" (Nothing, finally) brings a sense of unreal peace. You can perceive a step of dance not far from you, a different rhythm makes you forget for a while painful regrets and dark memories while the promise of oblivion begins to shine through the clouds of a rainy day...

The melancholic "La coda dell'occhio" (The sidelong glance) breaks the illusion by evoking another regret while the shadows of other people look like foam of lost waves, distant echoes of broken dreams... Then it's the time of the long title track, "Da nessun luogo" (From nowhere), that begins softly and takes you on the merciless rhythm of Time through infinite labyrinths and games of mirrors. Here the music and lyrics tell of days spent without hope and without hurry, days lost in the daily grind between private pains and ephemeral joys, days you dropped out like the pearls of a broken necklace, shaped by the warm hands of new desires and by the cold embraces of loneliness and emptiness... A long solitary journey lightened every now and again by an imagined love...

The poetical "Il verso che non trovo" (The verse I can't find) marks a new start taking you on the border of a new dawn. You realize that a whole world is slowly moving around you, on the horizon you can see the landmarks of a city that's still asleep and that soon will wake up like an enormous octopus trying to draw you with its tentacles towards a new challenge... Male and female vocals here conjure up almost a sense of desperate hysteria as you look for something that you can't grasp...

The jazzy, surreal instrumental "L'apparente allegria" (The apparent cheerfulness) leads to the beautiful closer "Cercalo in fondo agli occhi" (Look for it straight in the eye) where the soaring vocals of Michela Botti urge you to catch the day... There's still time for dreaming, do not sleep! "Look back and look at me / I'm nothing but a hidden shadow / But I can still talk to you / Of what I know / Of what you can't still understand...".

On the whole, I think that this is a very good album, full of nuances and poetical lyrics. It probably needs more spins to be fully appreciated but at last I'm sure you'll be rewarded.

andrea | 4/5 |


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