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VADO IN INDIA

Claudio Rocchi

Rock Progressivo Italiano


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Finnforest
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3 stars What a change from previous singles

Claudio Rocchi took a trip to India in the early 1970s that obviously impacted him very deeply both personally and artistically. You can hear the change from his early work when you listen to the albums like "Essenza" and this single. The two-part "Vado in India" is somewhat similar in feel to the "Essenza" album but to be honest I like it better, in fact it is my favorite composition of this style from him. Playing all of the instruments himself, Vado connects with me in an intimate way that some of his more rambling instrumentals with other musicians do not. This music is very personal-it is sparse and haunting, soft, comprised of acoustic guitar, piano, singing, speaking, light percussions, and a very meditation-friendly overall vibe. It feels very spiritual and more so than other similar work it successfully draws me in and makes me feel I can understand the artist's state. The soft instrumentals and calming vocals wash over you repeatedly, at no point is there anything jarring or rocking, it is one continuous personal meditation. It almost reminds me of Neil Young's "Will to Love" in the trance-like quality, but with the Indian influence instead. Whatever energy he channels here I am able to relate to it, which is not something I can say for too many others who attempt to share spirituality via music. The tragedy here is that this work was not expanded and included on one of the albums, where it could possibly have been issued in CD form and found more listeners over recent years. This is one of Claudio Rocchi's finest moments if you appreciate this kind of music. It is one to find if you still do vinyl.

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