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4.05 | 17 ratings | 2 reviews | 38% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ra Me Nivar (6:58)
2. Scorci di Vita su Nastro di Möbius (7:06)
3. Entanglementalistically Speaking (5:30)
4. In Fuga dal Destino (3:20)
5. L'equilibrista (9:12)
- a. La Sfida
- b. Il Vuoto
- c. E-stasi

Total Time: 32:10

Line-up / Musicians

- Francesco Magaldi / drums, percussion
- Tony Guerrieri / bass
- Lucio Filizola / guitar, keyboards, sitar, vocals; lead vocals (1-3)
- Massimiliano Amato / guitar, vocals; lead vocals (4, 5)
- Brunella Gianni / vocals
- Gino d'Ignazio / flute

Releases information

CD not on label (self-released) (2014 Italy)

Also available as digital download.

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(38%)
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Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
4 stars Formed in Sapri in 2005, RPI band Möbius Project finally delivered their debut album in 2014, and what an unexpected little gem it's turned out to be! "Ra Me Nivar" takes its name from an expression from an African dialect used by Italian author Alessandro Baricco in his 1993 novel "Ocean Sea" that refers to a `flying man', which the band use within the music on this album as a `metaphor for contemplative and imaginative events'. In many ways more than just an RPI album with fiery acoustic/electric guitar interplay, colourful keyboards and ardent voices, the band include gentle folk and ethnic elements, as well as offering a few sections in English to present a very cultured and worldly album. But not only does it hold a rich selection of musical sounds, this may be one of the most vocally rich and layered of recent RPI albums, with a subtle production that enhances the warmth of the performances.

The opening title track unexpectedly begins with a chilly synth drone before biting electric guitars and Francesco Magaldi's driving drums enter around Lucio Filizola's raspy charismatic voice. The piece reveals itself to be a gutsy catchy vocal tune, but the band still finds time for grooving jazzy breaks, fiery little bass eruptions, trickles of delicate early A.M hours piano and plenty of twisting time-changes! With its dusty atmosphere and scorched droning sitar strains, `Scorci di Vita su Nastro di Mobius' reminds of the first track from RPI band Raccomandata son Ricevuta di Ritorno's ethnic/middle-eastern flavoured comeback album `Il Pittore Volante', and is initially a dreamy ballad with ravishing acoustic guitar, Gino d'Ignazio's drifting flute, murmuring bass and a sweetly passionate vocal with warm group harmonies. But the electric guitars kick in with a slow-burn smoulder, keyboards dazzle and the vocals snarl with force, revealing that unpredictable edge of danger that permeates all the best RPI albums!

`Entanglementalistically Speaking' somewhat controversially for an RPI album utilizes English vocals (which makes the track kind of sound like a different band altogether!), and despite a partly annoying repetitive chorus and a slightly grating seemingly comical element throughout, the constant eerie piano and ambitious Gentle Giant-inspired male/female group vocal arrangement is incredible! Massimiliano Amato takes over the lead vocals from this fourth track, (back to Italian too) and `In Fuga dal Destino' is short and sweet at just over three minutes, the verses a melancholic ballad with Hammond organ shimmering softly in the background before a tougher chorus, and again the group harmonies throughout are sublime. But most ambitious of all is the nine minute, three part suite `L' equilibrista', where Tony Guerrieri's bass, constantly thick and upfront in the mix, really breaks through and takes flight. It opens as a mellow psychedelic rocker with sweetly chiming guitars behind drifting group harmonies, the middle breaks into loopy synth outbursts behind noisy guitar twists, floats into a sighing reflective male/female mantra (Brunella Gianni's voice sounding especially lovely here) and then closes on a scorching electric guitar solo.

Despite probably performing the few English passages more convincingly that some other Italian groups have managed, the group would perhaps be wise to stick to their native language overall, as it's such an important element of proper RPI music, and the current musical environment won't really allow for groups like this to gain larger worldwide exposure. But on the strength of the material on this disc, 'Ra Me Nivar' holds strong tunes with colourful instrumental qualities yet ditches overly-polished and slick production for a sparse, simpler sound that warmly allows all the musicians and especially their wonderful voices to truly shine. It's a superb start for the group, and their debut is a most welcome and very surprising RPI highlight of the last year!

Four stars.

Review by andrea
4 stars Mobius Project come from Sapri, a town in the province of Salerno, and began life in 2005 under the name Sphera drawing inspiration from bands such as King Crimson, Yes, The Beatles, Focus, Camel, Weather Report, Balletto di Bronzo, Area or Osanna just to name but a few. The current name of the band reflects the common interest of the members for astronomy and mathematics and refers to August Ferdinand Mobius, a German mathematician and theoretical astronomer who is best known for his discovery of the M'bius strip, a non-orientable two-dimensional surface with only one side when embedded in three-dimensional Euclidean space.

In 2014, after many years of work, the band self-released an interesting debut album entitled Ra Me Nivar with a line up featuring Massimiliano Amato (guitars, vocals), Lucio Filizola (guitars, vocals, keyboards, sitar), Tony Guerrieri (bass) and Francesco Magaldi (drums, percussion) plus the guests Brunella Gianni (vocals) and Gino d'Ignazio (flute). On the beautiful three folds art cover by Ennio Lanzo you can recognize M'bius and his strip in the character in the foreground and in the strange spectacles he wears, along with other elements that in some way try to describe the album content: a kind of magician's box filled with strangeness, irony and a pinch of madness, a mirror, an Oriental carpet, mathematical formulas on the wall...

The opener "Ra Me Nivar" starts softly, with spacey ambient sounds. Then the rhythm takes off and the music swings from hard rock and funky to a soft, jazzy finale while the lyrics conjure up images and colours from the outer space such as stardust falling upon silent altars, strange spectral synthesis based upon celestial mechanics, threatening black holes devouring everything around them, colliding worlds breaking through the doors of perception... By the way, the title is taken from the pages of Oceano Mare, a novel by Italian writer Alessandro Baricco, and is a word in an imaginary African dialect that means "man who can fly".

"Scorci di vita su nastro di Mobius" (Glimpses of life on Mobius strip) features Oriental influences and sitar passages. Here the music and lyrics describe with a funny sense of irony a journey to India where vanity and richness contrast with honesty and poverty and where the horizon ends up to swallow your identity between false perceptions and mirages.

The following "Entanglementallistically Speaking" recalls the Beatles and Pink Floyd. It's sung in English and here you can find particles riding through the time, masses colliding one against each other in the space, Maxwell's equations broken with a silver hammer and Tesla's war of currents in a huge and creepy world that's almost impossible to decipher.

The beautiful, introspective "In fuga dal destino" (Running away from destiny) features dark vintage sounds and evocative atmospheres. The poetical lyrics describe a man running away from war and fear, trying to savour life in its multiple aspects, writing intense pages in the book of his life. It leads to the conclusive "L'equilibrista" (Tightrope walker), a complex track divided into three parts that depicts a dreamer strolling in a city, blas'. He's metaphorically walking on a tightrope above the void of a cruel reality, actor of his soul, breathing freedom, his spirit flying into his inner space... A great track!

On the whole, a good album from a very promising band!

By the way, now you can listen to the complete album on bandcamp: have a try!

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