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5 stars "Sadako e le mille gru di carta" is the fourth studio album by Logos, an Italian prog band from Verona whose roots date back to the nineties. It was released in 2020 on the independent Andromeda Relix label with a renewed line up featuring Luca Zerman (vocals, Hammond, synth), Fabio Gaspari (vocals, bass, guitar, mandolin), Claudio Antolini (piano, synth) and Alessandro Perbellini (drums) plus some special guests such as Elisa Montaldo (vocals - from Il Tempio delle Clessidre), Massimo Maoli (guitar), Simone Chiampan (drums) and Federico Zoccatelli (sax). It's a wonderful conceptual work inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who died because of the consequences of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima by the American Air Forces during World War II. As you can read in the liner notes, a Japanese legend tells that anyone who folds one thousand origami cranes will see his wishes come true. Sadako unfortunately didn't complete her task and stopped at 644... The beautiful artwork by Marica Fasoli reflects the subject matter.

The short instrumental opener "Origami in Sol-" (Origami in G-) sets the atmosphere with its strong symphonic flavour and solemn pace. It leads to the disquieting "Paesaggi d'insonnia" (Insomnia landscapes) that starts by a frenzied rhythm and a stormy atmosphere. The music and lyrics depict apocalyptic sceneries where you can see asbestos flowing into a creek and deer with amaranth fleeces, deformed lanterns in fire slowly moving in a strange bronze ballet between mad chants and litanies, there's anguish and fear all around... Then the rhythm slackens and soaring sax lines drive you through sad expectations and dark omens. As the nightmare fades away you're exhausted but lying in bed in not enough to sleep...

"Un lieto inquietarsi" (A happy way to get worried) is another long, complex track evoking troubling visions and nightmarish atmospheres. As the music goes through many changes in rhythm and mood, the hermetic lyrics evoke a pain that lies somewhere below the sounds, beyond the frontier between obsession and vice, among half crumbled skyscrapers and gloomy thoughts, collective hysteria and dull ignorance. There's people who need just a room to pray while others need a church or an altar. Then, there are those who can imagine a merry countryside and meadows in bloom behind origami paper figures and colours in the chemical warmth of desire...

"Il sarto" (The tailor) is an amazing, dreamy acoustic ballad, enriched by the charming vocals of the guest Elisa Montaldo, that conjures up with passionate sounds and extraordinary poetical force the image of a fantastic, merciful guardian. It's the image of a tailor who creates magical clothes for a little girl by weaving bits of sky and sea waves, sun rays and fabrics stolen from the fairies, stars and dreams. All in the desperate effort to keep her close and not let her go. But in the end there's nothing to do, silence falls down, tomorrow there will be someone else who will have to provide her with a new dress of musical notes...

The joyful "Zaini di elio" (Backpacks of helium), depicts in music and words the release from pain by a surreal ascension to the sky. The little girl, thanks to a backpack loaded with helium and without ballast, takes off through the smoke of burning trees and plunges into the sky over the icy top of her dreams, crossing rivers of feelings and sensations, gliding over memories and regrets, towards shining suns and soft streets. Her heart is light and she's ready to fly higher and higher, over and over...

The long epic "Sadako e le mille gru di carta" (Sadako and the one thousand origami cranes) ends the story with a message of hope and a warning. The music and words depict Sadako looking down while flying across the sky, hanging on one thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings. She can see from above stories of war and ravaged nature that have been unfolding for thousands of years on Earth. There are many people who try to express their grief over a dying little girl, her story moved them. Now she sleeps near a bomb and becomes a symbol. In heaven Sadako can listen to the sound of death rising from below and gets angry because war never stops and so famine, greediness, lust for power. How many years will it take to get rid of hatred and selfishness? One thousand origami cranes get wet and fall down from the sky while a light little girl finds her grave hugging a bomb. But a new war is raging and it's even worse than those before, hidden behind TV screens, smoothed by the fake news riding on social media. It seems far away, from our safe place we can see only a few glimpses of what's happening but we've better wondering how many more innocent victims are still in danger or suffering because of a brand new shining bomb that's going to blast...

On The CD there's still room for a Radio Edit Version of the title track and you can look for the video the band shot for it.

On the whole, a wonderful work!

andrea | 5/5 |


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