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Picchio Dal Pozzo


Canterbury Scene

4.11 | 282 ratings

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4 stars Canterbury prog from Italy, what's in the name? This music has indeed the flavour of Canterbury: mellow, lightly jazzy, slightly spacey and just a teasingly bit avant. It's heavily inspired by the Soft Machine but not a mindless copy. The album shows a very mature band, musically confident and never hiding its Italian roots, adding finesse, subtlety and an almost scrupulous perfection to the known Canterbury style.

I thought about reviewing this little gem after a recent and dreadful experience with an album claiming beauty without delivering it at all, as if it is a word to be taken lightly. Picchio Dal Pozzo don't have to claim beauty, they truly embody so many possible meanings of it, by combining emotive playing and rich harmonious chords with a level of complexity that comes easily and without pretense. This is music that can evoke a variety of moods that all feel truthful and natural.

There are some occasional quirky vocals that remind us of Soft Machine's Robert Wyatt but they are scarce and shouldn't frighten anyone off. Most of the vocals are rather innocent anyway, a bit jazzy and schoolboy-ish, much like PFM I'd say. Also Perigeo comes to mind.

A diverse but consistent listen showing many shades of Canterbury with an Italian flair. Possibly a masterpiece in the style but I'm far from an expert in this area so don't take my word for it.

Bonnek | 4/5 |


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