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Homunculus Res

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3.80 | 107 ratings | 2 reviews | 24% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2018

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. La Cabala (4:00)
2. Faccio una Pazzia (2:49)
3. Bianco Supremo (3:32)
4. Non Sogno Pił (2:44)
5. Mentre Dormi (4:16)
6. Rimedi Ancestrali (3:39)
7. Se la Mente Mentisse (4:16)
8. Il Nome di Dio (2:34)
9. Denti Cadenti (4:41)
10. Dopamine (3:49)
11. Preludio e Distrazioni (2:09)
12. La Casa dei Sogni (2:54)

Total Time 41:23

Line-up / Musicians

- Dario D'Alessandro / vocals, guitar, Casiotone, Korg MS10 synth, bass (5), glockenspiel, composer
- Mauro Turdo / guitar
- Davide Di Giovanni / keyboards, synth (8,9), acoustic guitar (9), percussion
- Daniele Crisci / bass
- Daniele Di Giovanni / drums & percussion

- Valerio Mirone / vocals (2)
- Alessandra Oria Bollino / vocals (7)
- Sara Zerilli / vocals (12)
- Luciano Margorani / guitar (5,10)
- Tommaso Leddi / mandolin (5), trombone (10)
- Lorenzo Leddi / guitar (7)
- Paul "Ske" Botta / Hammond (1,4,10), Syntorchestra (1), ARP Odyssey (4), Wurlitzer (5), Mellotron (9), mixing
- Petter Herbertsson / Rhodes & vibes & bass (6)
- David Newhouse / saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor & baritone) & clarinet & flute (1,2,5,9,12)
- Giuseppe Turdo / oboe & English & French horns (3,12)
- Giorgio Trombino / alto saxophone (1,8), vocals (5)
- Giovanni Rotondi / clarinet (11)
- Dario Lo Cicero / flute (3,7), gemshorn (12)
- Rocco Lomonaco / orchestration (3), guitar (11)
- Pivio / electronics (5)
- Marco Monterosso / whistling (9)

Releases information

Artwork: Dario D'Alessandro

CD AltrOck ‎- ALT059 (2018, Italy)

Digital album

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HOMUNCULUS RES Della Stessa Sostanza Dei Sogni ratings distribution

(107 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(24%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

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Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars The third full-length album release from these creative artists from Palermo reveal a band that continues to grow and experiment though their sound and style while remaining as refreshingly quirky, humorous, and Canterburian as ever. The songs are far more complex, far more avant on some layers, while, gratefully, maintaining the light, even humorous approach to rendering music. I even feel somewhere in my gut that there has been a slight return to the loose, enjoyable spirit that was so prominent and prevalent throughout their 2013 debut, Limiti all'eguaglianza della parte con il tutto, (one of my top five favorite albums of all-time).

1. "La Cabala" (4:00) smooth with typically catchy HR melodies (9.5/10)

2. "Faccio una pazzia" (2:49) more odd, humorous, and avant than before. Quirky vocals similar to those explored by AltrOck stable mates HUMBLE GRUMBLE on their early release, Flanders Fields. I love the thick fretless bass contrasted by the sharp, staccato, odd-tempo hits of the horns and rhythm section. Funky sax solo by Dave Newhouse at the end. (8.5/10)

3. "Bianco supremo" (03:32) a pretty, bucolic song with melodies and sound renderings that harken back to the idyllic summer musics of the late 1960s. How many instruments can one clearly weave into one song? (9/10)

4. "Non sogno piĆ¹" (02:44) This one has the feel of a late-1960s Latin jazz pop song. Fun, engaging, danceable, and gorgeous. (9/10)

5. "Mentre dormi" (04:16) opens like a Ben Watt/Tracey Thorn song before becoming all HR. Great shift at 0:45. I love the woodwinds and mandolin in the mid-section. Another great shift just before the three-minute mark leads into the electric guitar solo in an awesome reed-based outro. A top three song for me. (9.5/10)

6. "Rimedi ancestrali" (03:39) an odd-tempoed piano-based song with aged electro-pop sounds (the return of the Casio VL-TONE Vl-1?!!) performing some of the song's base fabric. I love Dario D'Alessandro's vocals on this one. Another top three song. (9.5/10)

7. "Se la mente mentisse" (04:16) a fun pop song with lead vocals from Alessandra Oria Bollino. The second part, instrumental/post vocal, sounds so much like a 70s Canterbury song. Then we return to the poppy vocal section while Alessandra scats the main melody with "la-la-las" in place of the words. Great flute work here from Dario La Cicero. Just pure fun?makes me so proud to be a human being (despite our inanities)! I cannot decide between this song and the album opener for my third top three song. (9.5/10)

8. "Il nome di Dio" (02:34) a quirky jazzy song with odd multi-voiced vocals over the top (and below). Great jazz rhythms and horn work after the 1:00 mark. I like the multi-layered synth work in that solo in the second minute. The song bounces back and forth from quirk vocal to jazz section one more cycle while ending with a nice little Casiotone solo. (8.5/10)

9. "Denti cadenti" (04:41) presents a very different recording soundscape with tons of reverb on multiple tracks (not just the voices). Harpsichord and other older-sounding instruments. Even a Hammond and Mellotron to go with piano and other more-"classic/common" prog instruments. (9/10)

10. "Dopamine" (03:49) another song that uses instruments and sounds sounding like they're straight out of the 1970s Canterbury Scene bands' repertoires. Great raunchy electric guitar work over the jazzy organ-led foundation. (9/10)

11. "Preludio e distrazioni" (02:09) is a slow, sentimental song with piano and multiple layers of woodwinds. Pretty first minute, shifts, then more gorgeous, ending with acoustic classical and electric guitar duet. (9/10)

12. "La casa dei sogni" (02:54) fun, horn-based, carnivalesque song with lead vocals by female singer, Sara Zerilli. Starts out slow but then picks up at 0:37 becoming more bouncy and upbeat. This could almost be a Stereolab song. (8.5/10)

Five stars; a masterpiece of progressive rock music in the Canterbury style. Not as amazing or ground-breaking as their debut, but I do like this one better than their sophomore release--which left me kind of flat.

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5 stars "Della Stessa Sostenza Dei Sogni" ("About the same essence of dreams") is the third studio full-length album of the band from sunny Palermo, playing music deeply rooted in stylistics and "in spirit" in Canterbury scene. If Hatfield and the North and other similar groups were created by the Italia ... (read more)

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