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Franco Battiato


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.09 | 109 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars This is unlike any RPI album i've heard before. It's mystical and other-worldly sounding. The style here of Electronica, Psychedelic and World music should appeal to Krautrock fans.This really is a trip for the mind, heck even the album cover gives the impression that this is an Italian Psychedelic recording. And yes i'll always think of "Micky" when I look at that cover as i'm sure most on this site do. By the way check out Micky and Raff's reviews 'cause they both have a long history with this artist and know his music well.

Every word i've used to describe this album in my intro gets it's fullfillment in the side long masterpice "Sequenze E Frequenze". An absolute journey for the mind much like the great Electronic, Krautrock and Psychedelic bands have done before and since this album was released. It starts out dissonant and eerie all wrapped in a haunting mood. The soprano female vocals and synths are both crying out before Franco himself comes in singing beautifully in an ethnic atmosphere.This really has to be heard to be appreciated. A beat before 4 minutes as we start to move. Other sounds come and go during the next 12 minutes as the mood and tempo continues to shift. For me this is anything but boring. An amazing track.

"Aries" is an instrumental that opens with these haunting waves of sound as electronics join in.The tempo picks up but it's still spacey. The mood and sound changes 1 1/2 minutes. It's brighter. Vocal melodies 2 1/2 minutes in and sax a minute later. The intensity rises until it ends. The focus is more on the vocals during the first half of "Aria Di Rivoluzione". Franco's vocal sections are contrasted with female spoken words in German with violincello. The last half is ethnic sounding and instrumental. "Da Oriente Ad Occidente" sounds very cool vocally as Franco's vocals overlap. The music is almost eerie. He stops singing before 2 minutes as aboe and mandola take over. An Oriental vibe comes in a minute later. The sound seems to build after 4 1/2 minutes right to the end and includes some chanting from Franco.

The side long opening track is by far my favourite, but this whole record delivers something special to my mind.

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |


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