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SUBMARINE SILENCE

Submarine Silence

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.31 | 32 ratings

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tszirmay
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4 stars There are a few sounds in the progressive world that just waft me away, knees knocking, bones trembling and hairs standing at attention. A string mellotron cascade laced with picked acoustic guitar is one that leaves me always helpless, even after 38 years of admonition. So if this record is a shameless retread of bygone-Genesis (yeah, without Gabriel's patented vocals and stirring lyrics), then so be it, I am delighted to be a sucker! What's funny though is that Submarine Silence is a side project from members of Moongarden, an overt Italian group of Camel-loving progsters and yet here they veer into more Hackett/Phillips realms that will please those who have missed this kind of aural splendor for so long. Taking it for what it is, this is a wholesome spectral foray into the world of pastoral and bucolic themes that need no voice other than the caresses between loving keyboards and serene guitars, be it acoustic or electric. The sensual intercourse between the 2 instrument groups show clearly why they are the pillars of what we all refer to as progressive rock. Occasional grand piano and organ keep the spirit alive while showcasing even further the rich melodies. Highlights include the majestic two-part "Mr. Submarine's Ordinary Day", the sumptuous but succinct "Elven's Lullaby", the surreal and aptly titled "Winter Glows", the contrasting warm glow of "Red Sun" and the gargantuan finale "Porto di Venere", straight out of Steve Hackett's seminal Voyage of the Acolyte style. Submarine captain and guitarist Davide Cremoni has studied well and shamelessly soars with obvious passion and reverence, aided and abetted by his trusted navigator Cristiano Roversi , on an array of keyboards, mellotrons and assorted "analog frequences" as well as chief mechanic Emilio Pizzoccoli on various drums and percussives. While some touchier fans may snicker with unwarranted snobbism, the truth is that most open-minded proggers will look at this with child- like envy, a one-shot project that would go well with the similarly stunning Willowglass debut album.The Tony Banks comment from 1984 sums this up succinctly" As soon as you think things too much, as soon as you concentrate on what you are doing too hard, it gets very difficult. The best things come when they happen naturally" You can take that to the bank! 4.5 Hacks
tszirmay | 4/5 |

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