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PASSAGGI

Filoritmia

Rock Progressivo Italiano


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andrea
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5 stars Filoritmia are an Italian prog band from Milan that have been active since 1993. The present line up features Roberto Riccardi (guitars), Matteo Scarparo (bass), Angelo D'Ariano (keyboards), Antonio Mazzucchelli (drums) and Giorgio Mele (vocals). "Passaggi" is their second full length album, after the excellent eponymous debut work released in 2000. Filoritmia's music is complex and features a wide range of sources of inspiration (from classic prog bands like PFM to hard rock and jazz) but the band managed to shape a fresh and original sound. All the tracks are in some way challenging and need more than one listen to be completely appreciated but in my opinion at length I'm sure you will enjoy the experience.

The album opens with a sudden burst of energy. "Colla e gesso" (Glue and chalk) is a complex and "hard rocking" track full of whipping rhythms that invites you to make up your mind, to choose what's right, to look for you own way of life and to follow your dreams... "I've got the fantasy / I believe in what's fair / I can saw storms with the hardness of the thunder / And the skilfulness of a blind acrobat / That laughs smelling the smile of astonished children / I choose because to stand still is like dying...".

"Senza sale" (Without salt) is a long track in four parts that tries to describe in music and words a troubled relationship between a man and a woman. It starts with a sweet and romantic mood, then misunderstandings, incomprehension and rising tensions until the final split up...

"Non festa" (This is not Celebration) is a tribute to PFM. Instead of playing just a cover of a song of the Italianprog masters, Filoritmia tried to elaborate a new and personal track starting from the melodic lines and rhythms of PFM's evergreen "E' festa" (also known as "Celebration" in the English version). The result is absolutely good.

"L'uomo che torna" (The man who comes back) is another sinuous track about a troubled relationship between a man and a woman. Sometimes we choose the wrong moments to express our feelings and words turn around without reach their goal, what's right for one person could be wrong for the other one and vice versa, so all we can do is trying one more time and come back to find the light again.

"Godo" (I'm getting pleasure) is like a long shower of energy. Electric guitar riffs and fiery bass lines drive the rhythm while suggestive vocals invite you to catch your time and to enjoy life overcoming the bad dreams.

"Il sogno del fotografo" (The photographer's dream) starts with intricate rhythm patterns, then comes a dreamy interlude that melts a solemn marching beat... The song is about the artist's dream to capture the reality and to shape it through his skilfulness. But the artist has to live into a dream to be creative and to express his talent... "I'm the god of the light / I'm the alchemist of the picture / You will live forever on this photo paper / I'm the master of your eternal youth / This is the dream...".

"Questo" (This) is hard and sharp, it tries to depict a sudden breakthrough from everyday life, an escape from reality on the wings of imagination... "You know, it's not easy to live without fairy tales...".

The final long and complex "Manifesto" is about mass media and consumerism... The smiles of anchormen are like the teeth of wild animals ready to bite you while radios kill any fantasy. What to do? Change radio before it changes you and play your own music to resist.

This is one of my favourite albums of 2009. Check it, you can listen to the whole album from the official website and then, if you like it, you can buy the "hard copy" in a beautiful five folds digipack. The art cover features eight images, one for each track...

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Posted Thursday, November 12, 2009 | Review Permalink
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4 stars After a gap of nine years, Italian's Filoritmia have got round to releasing their second album Passaggi. Unfortunately I haven't heard their first album so can't make comparisons to musical development etc. However what I can say is I'm very impressed with this Milanese five piece; enough to consider tracking down a copy of their debut. Strong vocals sung in Italian are complimented by very competent musicianship from all players involved and mature songwriting.

From the powerful opening track, Colla e Gesso it would appear we're in for a heavy rock, seventies style album with its powerful guitar riffing, pleasing Hammond organ and solid rhythm section. It doesn't take long however to realise that Filoritmia have more up their sleeves as they move through varying themes while maintaining the overall power of the song. Senza Sale confirms this being a more diverse piece and while it contains a heavier mid section is overall a more reflective track over its eight and half minutes. The instrumental Non E Festa seems to be a nod to fellow countrymen PFM taking its cue from their song E Festa.

L'uomo Che Torna is the most diverse track yet as it shifts from delicate light and shade into powerful riffing and an acoustic guitar driven finale overlaid with tastefully melodic soloing, the band proving they have the musical chops to deal with subtle textures as well as the heavier rocking moments. Godo continues the trend of shifting and inventive rhythms and starts as one of the heavier tracks until a piano led section shifts things down a couple of gears before moving into a lengthy guitar solo.

Il Sogno Del Fotografo has them in a more playful mood with a lighter feel and complex rhythmic patterns that never sit still. Halfway the mood changes into a piano led section with a darker feel. Questo returns to heavy rock territory and while it's decent enough is not one of the best tracks.

They save the longest for last with the ten minute Manifesto. Starting with the heaviest riff on the album it moves into an enthralling guitar dominated instrumental section and after a short return to vocals it's into more dynamic instrumental work.

With Passaggi, Filoritmia have come up trumps with a pleasing album of heavy prog, and while they are placed in the RPI genre here on PA, their music transcends such barriers and is likely to have a broader appeal to prog fans who don't usually listen to Italian prog.

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Posted Friday, March 19, 2010 | Review Permalink

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