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4.06 | 50 ratings | 3 reviews | 32% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Bella Lee (3:34)
2. Parliamone (5:43)
3. Infraditi (7:36)
4. Fungo (6:42)
5 Cane Di Schiena (6:32)
6. Pappa Irreale (2:27)
7. Antenna (7:59)
8. Klez (4:16)
9. Max Dembo (8:47)

Total Time 53:36

Line-up / Musicians

- Tommaso Rolando / Acoustic bass (5,8,9), el bass, acoustic guitar (4), synth. (2-5, 7, 9), sampler (2,4), trumpet (9)
- Filippo Cantarella / Violin, Viola (3-7, 9)
- Marco Ravera / Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar (6), Synth. (3,9)
- Nicola Magri / Drums
- Cosimo Francavilla / Soprano Saxophone (2)
- Nando Magni / Trombone
- Antonio Carletti / Vocals (7)

Releases information

AltRock Productions (ALT-017). Recorded by Federico "Bandiani" Lagomarsino and Riccardo "Rico" Gamondi, mixed by Mattia Cominotto. Mastered by Udi Koomran.

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(32%)
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Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars CALOMITO are a five piece band out of Italy with violin / viola, bass, guitar, drums and trombone filling out the sound.The bass and guitar players add synths on certain tracks and the bass player also adds trumpet on one track.There are some guest sax and vocals as well but this is almost 100 % instrumental. This was recorded in the summer and fall of 2009, mixed in the spring of 2010, and mastered by the one and only Udi Koomran in Isreal in the Winter of 2010. And a big thankyou to Man With Hat (Phil) for bringing this album up in one of the threads on this site.

"Bella Lee" has an aggressive intro then it settles in. I like the angular guitar at one point then it picks up but the tempo will shift often on this one. Great track and a top three. "Parliamone" is mellow to start then the violin comes in after a minute followed by trombone. Some nice bass 2 1/2 minutes in then the guest sax joins in.Violin is back with some intricate drum work.This song keeps changing and evolving. "Infraditi" opens with female soprano vocals then the music kicks in quickly. Violin, trombone and bass standout. Some intensity before 1 1/2 minutes. A calm follows with guitar, bass and drums then the violin joins in and it picks up. I like the sound after 6 minutes with the drums, guitar and synths.

"Fungo" is a good uptempo track and fairly powerful too. It does settle some before 2 minutes into an avant mode. It settles even more then it picks up with violin after 5 minutes. "Cane Di Schiena" is relaxing to start as violin joins in. It settles right down before 3 minutes.Violin is back 4 1/2 minutes in as it gets fuller until it becomes quite powerful. "Pappa Irreale" has a funny rhythm to it that is the focus. "Antenna" is a top three for me. Weird vocals to start with a beat.The vocals stop as the sound builds. It settles back around 2 minutes but the tempo continues to shift. Great sound before 4 1/2 minutes and later at 6 minutes as it builds.

"Klez" has this rhythm that comes and goes that reminds me of RADIOHEAD of all bands. Lots of strings too. Good song. "Max Dembo" is the other top three. A sample of street noise to start then the horns, a beat and more take over. It's laid back as violin joins in. It turns somewhat heavier 2 1/2 minutes in then intense and avant before 4 minutes until 6 1/2 minutes in when suddenly the birds are chirping. It stays pastoral until the end.

These guys seem to be picking up where STORMY SIX left off so many years ago. A solid 4 stars.

Review by avestin
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4 stars Out on the outskirts of Rock, right near the border with Jazz, there lurks an Italian band who along with others of its ilk, tears down the fences marking the separations between genres and brings with it yet more influences in, forming a new musical landscape. Calomito is the band, a group from Genoa, now signed to the fabulous AltrOck label. This is their second album, their first being Inaudito released in 2005. Though I have that album, I've not heard it in quite a while and recall very little of it.

Now, I could tell you how great this album is. I could tell you about their avant/chamber-rock style, their jazziness, their groove and rhythmic tunes, their mix of oddities and a melodic side. But I fear my points won't come across as clearly as their music does. Thus not doing justice to the band and their album. Shall I go at it nonetheless? Well, I feel obliged to, given how much I enjoy listening to this album.

Calomito's music to me represents a solid balance of adventurous spirit, melody-oriented writing and focus on groove and vibe. Their music plays on the edges of rock and jazz, veers off every once in a while to the avant-garde side of the camp, but doesn't forget to bring along a healthy dose of appeal and accessibility. They seem keen on taking ingredients from various musical camps during the album's 9 pieces: rock, jazz (Bella Lee), post rock (Cane Di Schiena), chamber rock (Fungo, Cane Di Schiena), folk/ethnic (Pappa Ireale, Antenna, Klez). I don't mean each of these pieces are in this styles, but that those styles are incorporated into each song and serve the Calomito style and approach.

There is no flashiness here, no complexity for the sake of it. Instead you'll get a healthy and wealthy dose of well-constructed and accessible tunes and with defined melodies; in some tunes you will perceive a sense of humour and a jovial spirit (Pappa Ireale), while in others a more serious tone (Cane Di Schiena) and in yet others, a melancholic taste (Antenna, Cane Di Schiena).

Another balance is maintained in the dynamics of the album; the compositions differ in pace, some slower and more relaxed than others (compare Antenna and Cane Di Schiena with Bella Lee and Fungo for instance); however, tempo is not all the story here as each piece develops and changes during its course, Antenna being the prime example of such a progress. From a mid-paced and relatively restrained section it slowly changes and gains additional layers and strengths towards its end.

There is much music to absorb here, but unlike other releases in this "style", this album doesn't feel cumbersome and overwhelming to me. It feels "open" and "breathing", i.e., not claustrophobic and dense, though the richness and power of the sound in some of the tunes might convince you otherwise. I've often had a feeling after listening to albums, that the various compositions are hard to differentiate after listening the first few times and it took many listens to be able to penetrate the album's "mists" and be able to recognize each track individually. Remarkably, that was not the case for me here. I felt that each track on the album is well differentiated from the others, well defined and characterized that I was able to remember, by looking at the names of the pieces, what I heard.

I don't know how AltrOck manages to procure these bands of theirs, but most of the time these bands produce top-notch material that make my year-end lists. Calomito is another such band from their roster.

Review by Conor Fynes
5 stars 'Cane Di Schiena' - Calomito (9/10)

Ever since I first started listening to this band by Italian instrumental act Calomito, I frnkly have not been able to get enough of it. Over the past while, I have been hearing recent albums from the year that have attempted to pursue prog rock through an instrumental outlet. This seems like a great idea on paper- after all, who wants pesky vocals in the way of the instruments?- but all too often, the so-called 'virtuosic' musicianship, paired with a focus on instrumental complexity or showmanship typically results in music that manages to be both impressive and dreadfully boring. Calomito juice their soundw ith something that is largely missing from instrumental prog that quite a few bands could do with; a sense of surprise in their music. Throughout 'Cane Di Schiena', Calomito dazzles with a wide variety of different sounds, tones, and niches, yet keeps their expression coherent and purposeful. I would be lying if I said this wasn't one of the best prog albums of the year.

Calomito have been called an avant-prog act, and this might ring true in their music. There is a vibrant sense of 'weirdness' surrounding some of these ideas, and the generally eclectic approach that Calomito takes only serves to fuel this sense of adventure that the band enjoys throughout the music. It also doesn't hurt that their music somewhat reminds me of my favourite avant-garde act, Kayo Dot; at least as far as their modern use of violins and atmospheric guitars are concerned. For anyone who shares a fanhood of Kayo Dot, I suggest checking out the title track of this album. Like most of the great instrumental prog works, there is a very multi-faceted sound going on here, ranging from the brooding expressions of the title track, to downright avant-silliness with 'Fungo', which goes as far as to sample generic cartoon sounds.

Instead of sporting their skills in the open, there is the real sense that Calomito focuses on creating magical moments in unison, rather than trying to let one, o two of the musicians do the work. I was left in a rare case where even after a few listens, I could identify and distinguish the mood of each track from the other. Calomito's use of texture in their music is gorgeous, and emotion pours through every open gap. This is certain an album that hits the emotion with plenty of gorgeous moments, be it an atmospheric build-up, a jazzy hook, or something plain weird and fun- a cowboy jig, perhaps? My mind is perhaps even more impressed by all of this, with the group playing some deceptively complex passages tightly and coherently. I have not said this about a new album in a while, but Calomito's 'Cane Di Schiena' is a masterpiece of prog. Time will tell if this album gets the recognition it deserves.

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