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4 stars In 2008 two experienced musicians, Roman drummer Davide Guidoni and Alfio Costa, keyboardist from Bergamo, shared a vision and came up with a new project called DAAL (the name is an acronym inspired by the first letters of their first names). They spent together a week in a country house in the province of Viterbo, in the Cimini Hills area, putting together and recording their musical ideas, then they refined and chiselled them in studio with the help of some guest musicians. The result is "Disorganicorigami", a debut album that was released in 2009 on the independent label Mellow Records. It's a work full of enthusiasm and passion where the musicians blend vintage sounds with modern influences and up to date technology looking for "an absolute freedom of expression". Although the album is completely instrumental the art work by Davide Guidoni and some liner notes in some way explain what the music is about...

The short opener "Holocaustica" is about the never ending human tendency to self- destruction. You can hear screaming hooters and synthetic sounds then a threatening, distorted marching beat. There's an overall disquieting mood... "Tell me... Man... Aren't you tired of breathing death yet?". Next comes the dark "Chimaira" that, according to the liner notes, was inspired by a Valerio Massimo Manfredi's novel of the same name dealing with Etruscan rites and a mysterious statue called "L'ombra della sera". The guests Flavio Costa (guitar) and Cristiano Roversi (Chapman stick) add deep red colours to this excellent track... "I was only a child, but when I become a warrior I saw its eyes and lost my sense, forever...".

"Mo(o)nso(o)n" leads you far away towards East with its frenzied percussion work and its nocturnal, exotic flavour. A strange presence is following you keeping to himself, following a path on his own... The electric violin provided by the guest Riccardo Paltanin add a touch of mystery. "Brain Melody" is another dark, hypnotic track enriched by Alessandro Papotto's Turkish sax obscure melodies... "I am the way to the night, the wanderer following the tracks of time... Dancing to the rhythm of madness...".

The long "The Dance of the Drastic Navels Part 1" is divided into four parts and was inspired by a sci-fi story about sex between humans and machines that you can read in the booklet. The piece begins with an experimental, suggestive section, "Chapter One: Touch my oscillators", then comes a part close to free jazz, "Chapter Two: Inside The Electronic Witch". After eight minutes the atmosphere becomes more relaxed with the beautiful "Chapter Three: Ibrida-Ex". The dreamy "Chapter Four: Sleeping Away" concludes the story... "And sleep caught up with him dead tired... A sleep he didn't wane to ever wake up from...".

The short title track is dedicated to the memory of Richard Wright along with the following Pink Floyd's cover "A Saucerful Of Secrets". Then comes "Children Of Our Dreams", a short, delicate acoustic track featuring the guest Vincenzo Zitello on flute, viola, cello and clarinet. It's a kind of lullaby for all the suffering children all around the world... Ragnarök's cover "Var Glad Var Dag", credited as special bonus track, concludes the album drawing other dreamy atmospheres. Well, this is a challenging album and it could be difficult to appreciate it on the very first listening but if you try again I think it can be rewarding.

andrea | 4/5 |


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