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4 stars My Grandmothers Spacesuit is Italian act Fonderia's third studio release, and the first I have heard. The music is, in general, instrumental music that has a fair amount of jazz and rock in it, but it seems to me there's a tiny bit of the techo/dance ethos going on behind the scenes as well. I wouldn't mind dancing to Istanbul, for example - not that I could, of course (whether it's a pandemic that applies to all proggers or just to me, dancing is not my strong suit).

As such, a lot of the tracks on this album are high energy, usually with a consistent rhythm section while the guitar, keys, and / or trumpets do cool things on top of it. The rhythms are what makes the music have that "danceable", energetic feeling, but it's what's done on top of it that makes these songs more interesting and give them a sense of development. Really a great combination.

The album features two songs that feature guests; Loaded Gun (the third track) and I Can't Believe This Is Just A Pop(e) Song (the eight). The positioning of these tracks was quite masterful, for they break up the album nicely. I'm particularly fond of Loaded Gun; it was in fact based off the strength of this track that I decided to purchase this album. It features the vocals of Barbara Eramo and poetry by Emily Dickinson. It really is a very beautiful track, and quite mysterious as well. The end section hits the emotions quite nicely. (On that note, there is also a wonderful music video for this track that is really good - a story based on, no images of the band playing, and it has a really cool feeling and level of mystery to it. Check it out, it's on youtube!)

The Pop(e) song is not about pops, the chorus sounds more like "poppy poppy poppy poppy pop over you", or something along those lines. It's upbeat, and fun, and closer to what the rest of the album sounds like (a bit less atmosphere than Loaded Gun).

There aren't really any bad songs on this album, but in my eyes, the standout tracks are Istanbul, Gravity Wave, and A Billion Electric Sheep. Enjoyable from beginning to end, this is definitely a recommended listen!

TheGazzardian | 4/5 |


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