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Maurizio Bianchi


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5 stars Released in 2007, Nefelodhis is a concept album by Maurizo BIANCHI in collaboration with the abstract impressionist post rockin' ensemble SPARKLE IN GREY (featuring Matteo UGGERI on electronics, Alberto CAROZZI on guitars, Cristiano LUPO on various instruments and Franz KROSTOPOVIC on violin). In the Greek terminology Nefelodhis means "cloudiness". The concept of the album opens on poetical-promethean-mercurian images in relation with vertiginous spiritual states and ascentional horizons. The sound experiments and the pleaseantly suspensfully instrumental melodies perfectly illustrate the conceptual background of the project. Each musical piece metaphorically represents direct and dynamical images of clouds (stratus, cumulum, nibulus...). The poetical inspiration of these natural manifestations was already approached by classic writters as Goethe, Rilke or Whitman. Nefelodhis gives to these intimate reveries a poetical-musical incarnation. The opening piece starts with textural-detached and resonating guitar strings progressively covered by dense, shimmering drone divine. The second composition offers wonderful-doom bass laments with repetitious, ecstatic violin dissonances and nervous noisy effects. A deep, serene and arctic atmosphere prevails. The three following pieces feature superb micro-tonal ambient experiments with an alternance of menacing, tremendous echoes and contemplative-cosmical effects. Last cloud is a spendid, elegiac and melancholic piece dominated by beatific organic sounds and dreamy like minimal guitars. An etheral soundscape which reveals the infinite pleasure to live in an agglomeration of aerian images and enchanting metamorphosis. The album closes with a slow-moving, unearthy synthscape.Voluptuous, pure cinematic beauty. Nefelodhis is a ravisishing abstract trip that convice us that the supreme form of solitude is in the aerian-vertical universe. Timeless masterpiece.
philippe | 5/5 |


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