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5 stars After a break of about 4 years Daal return to the scenes in style with two albums in contemporary "Decalogue of Darkness" and this "Navels Falling into a Living Origami". What is striking since the first listenings is that, while in the first one our two heroes remain in the comfort zone, returning to the dark and sophisticated atmospheres of the acclaimed "Dodecahedron", in the second they venture through more tortuous paths. In fact, the disc is a single 50-minute suite, in which the duo re-elaborates material already published, but totally rearranged, along with new material, giving birth to a deliberately heterogeneous work with a thousand facets. The suite can indeed be perceived as a journey sound, Alfio Costa with his keyboards is the creator of the various environments in which we are immersed, while Davide Guidoni with his never banal drumming is a guide within the sound world created by his partner. Everything works wonders, from the first notes we are kidnapped and catapulted into their sound universe, and in this regard I recommend listening to headphones or the night before falling asleep. The music itself is not particularly innovative, it's a mix of space rock, prog and electronics, the influences of German electronics are clear, in some points Philip Glass comes to mind, but the greatest reference seems to be Pink Floyd. Some passages inevitably lead to the mind "Shine on you Crazy Diamond", "Echoes "Or" On The Run ", borrowing from the English group their approach to music, the concept of sound travel, creating images and worlds parallel to music. All this they do not making a copy, but reinterpreting everything with their personality. It's a DAAL record and it feels! To accompany them once again a group of very good musicians, in particular the three guitarists who enrich and embellish the work of the duo, with interventions that fall perfectly in context, the only vocal part of the album is sung by Gugliemo Mariotti on the finale, and intones an ethereal and liberating melody, a sort of "Celestial Voice" of "Saucerful of Secrets", accompanying us outside the sound labyrinth created previously by the duo. I have always appreciated this courageous duo, this time I am fully convinced, that this is their best record and among the best Italian prog albums of the last year. A disc that although complex leaves you the desire to be heard again.
Varylux | 5/5 |


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