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ENSEMBLE HAVADI└

Ensemble HavadiÓ

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.87 | 4 ratings

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Bj-1
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4 stars A journey through a bit more odd landscapes than usual, perhaps?

The first release from this absolutely unique Italian ensemble is definitely an obvious pick for some of the most promising and interesting albums I have heard recently, or even during this year. After stumbling over these guys/gals I must admit that it took me a while before it really growed on me, but when it did it went from from just interesting to incredibly facinating. A true standout within the Italian RIO/Avant scene if you ask me. What about describing the music, you ask? Well, it could best be described as a very melodic kind of folk music mingling with some very prominent avantgarde and classical influences, with very interesting vocal use and additional instrumentation. The music is challenging but also very ethnic and beautiful up to several times, and while the avantgarde still is present quite often here this album is very accessible although it might take some time to fully get into it. It would be difficult to pick out some particular excellent moments from this album but I have to say that I especially like Il serpente burocratico, Gocce amare and Fuma el camin. Otherwise, it's a fairly cohesive album that should be listened from start to finish to fully experience it. Comparing Ensemble HavadiÓ to another band would be easier, think of a slightly less avantgarde Opus Avantra (Introspezione-era) and there you go!

Before ending this review, I have to say that I was particulary impressed by the vocal arrangements on this album. The arrangements of the male/female vocals are excellent and manages to fit the complex music perfectly, and I can also sense some Zeuhl influences in the vocal work as well, although being less repetitive. The musicianship is about the same as the vocals; well- handled and systematically competent put together, including some really fine eclectic instrumentation on several of the tracks. So basically, Im saying that if you dig adventurous vocal oriented avantgarde, folk and classical music that is original and well-put together, then I urge you to check out this album. Highly recommended! 4.5/5

Bj-1 | 4/5 |

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