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4 stars Traditional but novel psychedelic rollercoaster with an artistic female driver has finally landed down upon the world.

SISTRA, an Italian rock project of a versatile artist (and an owner of an Italian independent label Psych Up Melodies) Fabrizio Di VICINO, have got started just under an occasional and fateful encounter with a Neapolitan painter Gaia VITTOZZI. Although Fabrizio had almost completed recording for another project at that time, he got charmed by her artistic dignity and soon persuaded her to be a singer of his new project, called SISTRA. With a keyboardist Salvatore PISANO added, they have re-recorded and released their debut album "Bearing" in 2011 via Psych Up Melodies.

Basically this rolling album has been constructed by Fabrizio with multiple instruments, and this is filled with a flood of dream - Fabrizio himself mentioned he "should" re-record his material (already provided) with Gaia, who should give him serious dream I guess. Let's listen - the second track "Una Pedina" is a gracious keyboard-based one tinged with typically old-fashioned psychedelia indeed (Fabrizio and Salvatore played psychic venom flexibly and pleasantly here and there), but we cannot imagine without Gaia's dreamy mellow sensitive voices. Also in the beginning "Paralleli", that reminds me an aggressive rolling stone, not only fuzzy, dry-fruity guitar kickings but also fluffy, floating voices under psychedelic effects can please us definitely.

Acoustic shootings like "Chiaroscuri" or "Oblivion", and a delightful ambiance like "Onde" can get to be our tonic water in this album, but please don't be confused by such great deceivers. Actually, "Bearing" the title track is a bluesy, freaky one, with an oldie keyboard solo, sharp synthesizer edges, and dark chorus (maybe by Fabrizio) - can make us insomniac. Obviously squeezed and packaged almost every essence of them methinks. And let me say, my recommendation is "Ziqqurath", veiled with quirky guitar pollution, hypnotic synthesizer smoke, and Gaia's spooky lullaby.

Noisy trip will be continued - "Drunk Flight" is a comfortably nauseous (laugh out loudly) song, with keen, ear-achy percussion and deluding, warping sound effects, and "Living Casket" is a toy-box featuring a bunch of electronic blows and calculated but randomized flutters by Fabrizio's mischief (I feel). Interesting and addictive. Suddenly a curtain of the next stage will be opened in the following track (and another masterpiece) "Psiche", a heavy psychedelic buzz-fuzz just like the title. This track always kicks me into the world of Flower Travellin'. And the last aggressive rollercoaster "Stasi" cannot give us permission to close the dark psychedelic nightmare curtain, until Gaia falls into sleep with stopping launching her graceful voices.

A versatile artist has created the basis and a phantasmagorical vocalist has done the final painting upon this creation. Don't miss it.

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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