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Franco Falsini


Progressive Electronic

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4 stars Entering the sunset on feathered legs

Ever since Siddhartha reached the upper shelf of his inner commode, Buddhists all around the world have been trying to duplicate his feat through numerous of different approaches. Some say that through walking for long periods of time unmarked by the everpresent weakness of your tiring and aching body, you slowly shed yourself of the bad things you´ve done. Boiled seriously down to a sticky substance, life is an eternal struggle with but a few moments of clear skies - where you are able to understand or commit to life, and a brief shattering light of insight makes you feel happy and fulfilled as a human being. Well to each its own, but during one of my daily walks in the northern parts of Jutland, where everything at the moment is encrusted in transparent ice and filled with relentless breezes that will tear the skin off your face, I think I got what the old chubby meditating guy was talking about.

Putting this album on is like slipping into a cold, but somehow cosy and gentle bath. Franco Falsini is a true master of creating atmosphere and a musical environment that simultaneously evokes relaxation and eeriness in the listener. The guy is a master behind both the guitar as well as the synths, which he uses like musical landscapes that lurk in the background like silhouette mountains engulfed in early morning mist. His guitar work makes me think of Manuel Göttsching, when he went solo and submersed himself in chill pill land. This album should definitely please fans of Ashra, Sensations Fix (Franco Falsini´s original psychedelic band), slow and soft Krautrock and maybe fans of Vangelis and Tangerine Dream.

Playing everything on here including the bass, Falsini adds an uncanny symbiosis between the instruments, which is really difficult to do in a band, unless you know your band mates´ every move and upon several occasions have spent the night together jamming until your fingers erase themselves and you ARE your instrument. The danger however of being a one-man band is the lack of emotion and feel you get from other people´s creativity and ideas, but Falsini does a very good job of playing with himself (?), without ever sounding dull or uninspired. This is also one of the only albums I own where I truly enjoy the synthesized guitars. They work so well with the slow and mumbling bass work, that it seems as if they secretly were sleeping together at the time.

Being a drummer myself, I usually miss them on records like these, but I find myself forgetting everything when listening to this, even beats and my overpowering need for fills and rhythmic explosions - forgetting the road I´m walking on - the frosty fields around me - the nervous bird twittering - and all of a sudden, upon looking at a sky painted in purple and fiery red, I reach some sort of peace and quiet - now able to breath normally and look at things in a manner, that is robbed of any kind of self-inflicted camouflage. Well shiver me timbers!! Where is the nearest lotus tree?

Guldbamsen | 4/5 |


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