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DISORGANICORIGAMI

Daal

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4 stars In September 2008, two Italian musicians gathered to see what would emerge if they tried a few things together again. They had already played together in a side project before. Then, DAvide (drums) left his band, whereas ALfio's band was on hiatus due to unfortunate circumstances; two very different bands, as are the personalities of the two musicians. Davide Guidoni is more structured, rigorous, systematic, whereas Alfio Costa (keyboards) is more free-form. Halfway through their one week seclusion in a friend's farm villa in central Italy (ancient Etruria), they got word of [Pink Floyd's] Richard Wright's passing away. After struggling with their emotions, they got back into that improvised studio and eventually came out with a superb rendition of "A Saucerful of Secrets".

Ironically for the beautiful, original music on this 9 track, one-hour long album, this cover may be its best moment; or at least my favorite. With Alfio Costa's piano and longtime Prowlers bandmate Laura Mombrini's and Cristina Vinci's voices on separate channels, this rendition brings even a "The Great Gig in the Sky" feeling. Not forgetting Davide Guidoni's tribal percussion. Exquisite is also the graphic illustration he provides in the booklet for this track: the silhouette of the aged Rick Wright, as if an "Astronomy Domine", on a "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" background. Plus they get Fabio Zuffanti, of Finisterre, Hostsonaten, Maschera di cera and many other projects' fame, guesting on bass. In fact, other Pink Floyd references are scattered throughout the album: the "On the Run" synth that Alfio Costa creeps in "Mo(o)nso(o)n", "The Dark Side of the Moon"-like heartbeat in proggy "Chimaira" and "The Dance of the Drastic Navels Part 1", even in a title like the dark "Brain Melody" and its "The Wall"-like ringtone.

Noticeable guest appearances are also made by Flavio Costa (Alfio's younger brother and also longtime bandmate in Prowlers, electric guitars on "Chimaira"), Moongarden's Cristiano Roversi (stick bass on "Chimaira", for which he also gets the only co-writing credit in an album otherwise almost entirely written by Alfio Costa), Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso's Alessandro Papotto (woodwind instruments on "Brain Melody", "The Dance of the Drastic Navels Part 1" experimental trilogy with no follow-up so far, and the title track), Eloa Vadaath's Riccardo Paltanin (electric violins on "Mo(o)nso(o)n"), and composer and Celtic harpist Vincenzo Zitello (who, this time, plays his earlier instruments, transverse flute, clarinet, viola and cello on the "Children of Our Dreams" miniature).

But "A Saucerful of Secrets" is not the only tribute on this album. There's also a special bonus track "Var Glad Var Dag" (Swedish for "Was Happy Every Day"), a cover of a Ragnarök song from 1980. No guests are credited this time, yet I can hear a flute as well.

As can be seen, with titles like the metal-flirting "Holocaustica", the experimental "Mo(o)nso(o)n" (snowboard/guitar, seasonal change, night, and even King Crimson song allusions), and the avant-garde "Disorganicorigami", Alfio Costa just loves puns. His synth monologue in the end of the trilogy is my second favorite moment on the album. Short stories accompany excellent graphic illustrations of most of the tracks. There's even a "making of" short fiction included, with Alfio and Davide as Alan, respectively Darren. Do not expect Music for Piano and Drums on this album. Fans of electronic and experimental prog rock will love it.

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Posted Monday, January 24, 2011 | Review Permalink
andrea
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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.

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Posted Sunday, October 14, 2012 | Review Permalink
tszirmay
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4 stars I did something unique, I purchased 3 albums from Daal in one shot , without really hearing anything about them, a wild and bold gamble that was well worth it, considering the band offered me to review their latest, to which I promptly replied 'Great timing, 3 are ordered and in the mail!) . It's for a good cause but what spooky timing'..They were laughing too!

Daal has a different spin on the prog version of electronica, whereby both the keys and the drums play a vital part in the overall sound, as Alfio Costa (ex-Tilion and Prowlers) is unafraid of combining old-school symphonics and soloing into his vast arsenal of synthesized sounds. This lies somewhere between classic electronic and film music, old fashioned prog (mellotrons, flutes, violins) and the more technoid crowd but with sizzling drums from master percussor Davide Guidoni (Tapobran among many others) , fascinating piano designs and evocative compositions. Infusing some weirdness also helps keeping things unpredictable and magical. Strangely, I find this kind of strong music very romantic, perhaps even sexual in a way, ideal background music for some durable loving. Their debut 'Disorganicorigami' has profound liner notes that aptly describes how 2 polar opposite musicians welded together spiritually and musically. Muscular electronic prog this will be, a soundtrack for the bruised and forever hungry mind!

'Holocaustica' rages like air-raid siren that blares from the opening slit. The mood is set for some serious sonic mind rambling and divine progressive bliss.

On the brash 'Chimeria', Alfio's brother Flavio blasts some fizzling chords, while Stick bass maestro Cristiano Roversi (Moongarden) shuttles some mean low-end notes. The ebb and flow are stunning and highly (pun) effectual.

'Mo(o)ns(o)on' is a brooding , doom-laden synthesized bulldozer, pummeled by Davide's straightforward drumming mixed with sultry percussion (eat your heart out Carl Palmer!) , with occasional tropical glimpses, slashed by jungle noises, scarred by daring violins meows and bubbling ethnic sounds. Unlike anything I have heard instrumentally, the lads combine organic with electronic in an effortless fashion, molding a terrific composition and applying layers of texture.

The obscured by clouds 'Brain Melody' sounds frighteningly similar to one shot Swedish cinema proggers Morte Macabre or fellow countrymen L'Ombre della Sera, perfecting some highly visual soundtrack music with gargantuan torrents of lusty mellotron , aided and abetted by some Turkish sax (woss dat?). Brain melody indeed, this is deadly stuff, even zeuhl fans would flock to this comp! Sombre reptiles lurking in the gloomy shadows, hissing nastily.

'The Dance of the Drastic Navels Part 1' is the atmospheric epic selection here, a 14 minute + extravaganza of vaporous sighs, troubling sounds and surrealistic pillows. Furtively pinging synth bubbles, anomalous marimba patches and exotic percussives all coalesce into this cauldron of weirdness; a blitzkrieg rifle suddenly appears, armed by sax, clarinet and oboe (a la Andy Mackay) , giving the piece a highly experimental sheen, avant- garde and manically improvised, like early instrumental Roxy Music gone bananas! Metallic clanging, obtuse ramblings, bizarroid textures (early Eno?) only add to the apprehension. Not very melodic but certainly schizoid. But then, a sweeping and prolonged Keith Emerson- like synth solo blows in from the south, unannounced! Okay, I am gutted! Definitely mind music.

The mini title track is a snippet of deep breathing voice effects (smoking what, non sono sicuro!), a neurotic sax solo and all around quirk.

Pink Floyd's cover of 'A Saucerful of Secrets' is a bold yet unsurprising step, as the duo provide a denser electronic sheen, in complete acquiescence with the stupendous organ sounds, thus modernizing the classic piece beyond its boundaries. Drumming is fittingly nimble, the arrangement disjointed and schizophrenic. The solemn piano section is simply diabolical, glorified in the presence of Fabio Zuffanti's rolling bass (he of Finisterre, Hostsonaten and la Maschera di Cera fame) and Laura Mombrini seductively wailing vocals. Stunnerville!

'Children of Our Dreams' is a romantic piano-led lullaby, sweetly pastoral and orchestrated, crystalline in its purity and thus far-removed from the electronic kling-klang.

Bonus track is a cover from Ragnorok's 'Var Glad Var Dag', a classic Swedish prog composition drenched in eccentricity and cascades of abysmal mellotron, slithering drumming, grooving bass keyboards and woolly synthesizer soloing on an overpowering lead melody. A stellar opening goal for these astute Italians, a screaming volley right into the old onion bag! Daal is on the ball and I am anxious to immerse myself in their sophomore album, coming up next.

4.5 Confused paper dolls

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Posted Monday, December 03, 2012 | Review Permalink
apps79
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2 stars Italian duo, formed in 2008 by two veterans of modern Italian Prog: Keyboardist Alfio Costa, founding member of Prowlers and Tilion, and drummer Davide Guidoni, formerly of Gallant Farm, The Far Side and most notably Taproban and graphic designer of several artworks for prog albums.The two men resided in a farmhouse at the Viterbo Hills for about a week to compose the material of what was to be their debut album ''Disorganicorigami''.The recordings took place at two different studios between September 08' and March 09' and a deal with Mellow Records secured its release in 2009.

The aim of the duo was to free themselves from the borders of the more classic forms of Progressive Rock and come up with a work with no particular boundaries...except maybe from an instrumental point of view, as Costa handles all vintage and digital keyboards and Guidoni all the percussion and samplers on the album, which has limited contribution by other instruments by a few guests.The music is quite bombastic and extremely psychedelic at moments, creating acidic instrumental trips, which recall Electronic Kraut Rock, Experimental Rock, Classic Prog, Jazz and even Ethnic Music.Structurally the arrangements are rather loose, especially in the longer pieces, which sound quite improvised, the shorter ones being more cohesive and thus more competitive.So the listening actually consists of powerful and highly cinematic tracks with a tremendous grandieur to rather incosistent, long compositions with some intersting ideas as well as boring textures.Costa's armour is endless, including Mellotrons, organs, moog synthesizer as well as different modern keyboards and he is the main reason of the diversity of the sound, from old-styled Symphonic Rock to trippy, contemporary Electronic Music, supported by Guidoni's samplers.Some sax and violin parts add respectively a jazzy and Chamber atmosphere in the album.During the composing process of the album the duo was shocked, hearing the news about Richard Wright's death and they included a cover on ''A Saucerful of Secrets'', which sounds quite nice along the lines of the group with good changes between old-fashioned and digital keys.

Original and weird stuff by these Italians.''Disorganicorigami'' will be loved by all fans of more Avant- or Experimental Rock forms and keyboard freaks with a tendency towards atmospheric musicianship, but it will also be a hard listening for followers of more conservative prog material.Nevertheless, this is a recommended and very fresh album.

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Posted Thursday, June 20, 2013 | Review Permalink
3 stars DAAL's first registered 2009 album: "Disorganicorigami", shows clearly the band's whereabouts.

Quiet deconstructed and excessively experimental, it somehow prefigures DAAL's "future", far more polished albums. But that will be the "future". This one holds some very good songs, others are good, and some others kind of expendable. The best surprise is to find these guys roots, on Non-prog/Prog bands like "YELLO", "Tuxedomoon" and "Underworld's" electronic/ trance.. Also, a lot of very early "electronic music",( which by the way, many consider Italy to be its "craddle", way back in 1930). And close to Prog influences like Van der Graff, ELP, Univers Zero and Klaus Schulze's first works.

"The good and the not so good":

It is daring but also simplistic. It has attractive and intelligent proposals, but stays short of them more than once. The experimental "electronics" opposed to "acoustic" instruments performances, predict their "future" musical language, but on this one, the results on some songs is outbalanced by one or the other. The use of "vintage" synths sounds is novel in these "times" (2009), but the sound alone does not help much, if it really does not trascend the mere use of them as "collectible vintage instruments". And finally although there are interesting musical lines that could have been worked, more than once they just act as background, to less surprising structures, that have been "worked" vaguely or to an excess of repetition.

The best is that this band will jump from this to their 2nd., excellent album. And the good parts outweight the not so good.

To wrap it up, good but will be better. This is not the best place to start your DAAL's aquaintance, more for people who have already listened to posterior works and care to know this band's whereabouts. Therefore good, but not essential, until you listen to their following projects and become a DAAL's follower .

***3 PA stars.

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Posted Sunday, December 15, 2013 | Review Permalink

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