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Homunculus Res

Canterbury Scene

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3.94 | 84 ratings | 6 reviews | 26% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Lucciole per lanterne (4:54)
2. Il Carrozzone (3:42)
3. Buco nero (6:43)
4. Supermercato (6:20)
5. La Spia (4:35)
6. La Salamandra (6:25)
7. In girum (3:37)
8. La Luccicanza (4:27)
9. Tetraktys (3:32)
10. Non dire no (3:44)

Total Time 47:59

Line-up / Musicians

- Dario D'Alessandro / vocals (1-4,6-10), rhythm guitar (1-4,8,9), keyboards (1-6,8-10), glockenspiel (2,5)
- Davide Di Giovanni / piano, organ, synthesizer, guitar (7)
- Mauro Turdo / solo guitar (1-6,8-10)
- Daniele Di Giovanni / drums
- Daniele Crisci / bass (1-6,8,10)

- Giorgio Trombino / alto saxophone (1,2)
- Petter Herbertsson / banjo, guitars, vibraphone, double bass (3)
- Giuseppe Turdo / oboe & French horn (4)
- Antonio Tralongo / viola (4)
- Emanuele Sterbini / vocals & guitar (5)
- Dominique D'Avanzo / vocals, flute, clarinet (5)
- Danilo Mancino / bass (7)
- Dario Lo Cicero / transverse flute, bass flute & bassoon (8,10)
- Patrick Dufour / electric piano (9)
- James Strain / bass (9)

Releases information

Label: AMS (AMS314CD)
Format: CD, Digital
July 24, 2020

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HOMUNCULUS RES Andiamo in Giro di Notte e ci Consumiamo nel Fuoco ratings distribution

(84 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(26%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(35%)
Good, but non-essential (24%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

HOMUNCULUS RES Andiamo in Giro di Notte e ci Consumiamo nel Fuoco reviews

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Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars My wife and I just sold our farm (happy/sad). We just returned from two days of cleaning out and driving to storage the family valuables (happy/sad). But then I opened up my computer after a couple days of absence to find that one of my favorite bands of the 21st Century had released its new album--on my mother's 85th birthday (happy/HAPPY). AUTO-BUY! I have to report that the band has (finally) returned to the (full) form of sophisticated Canterbury quirk of their 2011 debut> I am SO HAPPY to be listening to this beautiful yet happy music-especially in these COVID times. Thank you, Dario & company! And thank you for releasing your album on my mother's 85 birthday! It will always make this album feel so special--like it was just for me.

Full, more detailed review in the days to come (as I will, no doubt, be listening to this album non-stop throughout the weekend). The PERFECT SUMMER ALBUM! If you want happy, melodic music to play on your days by the water, I could not think of a better one than this.

1. "Lucciole per Lanterne" (4.54) Canterbury and Homunculus Res perfection! (10/10) 2. "Il Carrozzone" (3:42) Two in a row! Different lead vocalist. (10/10) 3. "Buco Nero" (6:44) odd tempoed rhythm jazz guitar chord play opens this song before singer joins in. Nice vocal melody (in the best of HR tradition). Fun when Steely Dan-like quirky synth joins in during second verse to noodle alongside the vocalist. Cool, intricate weave that is brought together perfectly by the vocal. Electric guitar solo in the instrumental sections sounds so much like Jeff "Skunk" Baxter-era of Steely Dan! Slow down section in final third sounds so much like classic STEREOLAB (even with the banjo). (8.75/10) 4. "Supermercato" (6:21) after a rather banal opening lyrical half, the music goes chamber instrumental with full complement of strings. Very interesting for HR! (8.75/10) 5. "La Spia" (4:36) (8.75/10) 6. "La Salamandra" (6:25) (9/10) 7. "In Girum" (3:37) sounds more like The Winstons' debut album (and, therefore, Matching Mole/Robert Wyatt). (8.5/10) 8. "La Luccicanza" (4:27) (8.75/10) 9. "Tetraktys" (3:33) (8.75/10) 10. "Non Dire No" (3:45) opens as if a teacher/parent singing to (or for) children. When flute supplants vocal it becomes more rich and though still community feeling. Cool, different song. (9.25/10)

The album starts out on a real high with the first two fast-paced joy-fests, but then then tempos settle into the middle inviting the listener to tune in more carefully to hear the clever and quirky nuances that the band throws in.

A-/five stars; a minor masterpiece of progressive rock music and such a refreshing addition to my (so far) rather weak 2020 collection.

P.S. How could ANYONE call this music anything but Canterbury???!!!! This is NOT a RPI band!

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars While you wouldn't normally associate Italy with Canterbury just don't tell that to PICCHIO DAL POZZO, THE WINSTONS or this incredible band HOMUNCULUS RES. The latter have had a consistent five piece lineup since their second release and they offer up this happy, melodic, sophisticated, whimsical brand of music that softly screams Canterbury. This album is so uplifting and while I feel the first two records are slightly better, this one is a keeper.

I just feel the first two were more consistent and it's interesting that this is their first album of the four they have released not to have Ske on here helping out as he did on their first three. Lots of guests still, in fact ten adding viola, clarinet, oboe, french horn, vibes, bassoon, sax, flute, electric piano and more. Ten tracks over 48 minutes and I did feel it waned somewhat early in the second half but this is a solid 4 star recording all the way.

By the way it was interesting having Dave Newhouse from THE MUFFINS and Jarrod Gosling from REGAL WORM helping out on that second record which at the time I reviewed it I said I liked it slightly better than the debut. Well in doing my favourite Canterbury albums of all time it was the debut I picked for that list so in my opinion both are essential. I love the cover art for this one and have found their album art to always be at least interesting.

All the lyrics are in Italian including all the info in the liner notes. That opening number might be the most joyful song they've created. Everyone is just so happy. The dissonant sax is a nice contrast to this. I like the vocal melodies after 6 minutes on the third tune and while that fourth song might sound the most Canterbury it also features viola, oboe and french horn. One of my favourite opening sounds is the sixth track and the guest electric piano on the ninth song is really good.

A solid 4 stars and for Canterbury fans.

Latest members reviews

4 stars If you need any evidence that the Canterbury Scene is alive and well, of all places you can look here, in a newer, still-active Italian Prog band. Amazing. The quirk is here, mostly from the sort of carefree vocals (at least to me, an ignorant English speaker). The skill is very much present, and ... (read more)

Report this review (#2636422) | Posted by DangHeck | Tuesday, November 23, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars 4/5* Most of the songs are pretty good, though I find many to be in indistinct and forgettable. Generally speaking the songs are short, maxing out at 6:43 but this time is spent pretty well, the songs all have vocals, done in a manner reminiscent of Richard Sinclair without going so far as to be ... (read more)

Report this review (#2594447) | Posted by Beautiful Scarlet | Tuesday, September 14, 2021 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The album titled "Della stessa sostenza dei sogni" by the Italian - more precisely, by the Sicilian - band Homuncuus Res, released in 2018, turned out to be Album of the Year for me, along with the debut release of the project organized by the bass player of Anglagard (by this project I mean All ... (read more)

Report this review (#2479346) | Posted by felonafan | Monday, November 23, 2020 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Ciao tutti, the Sicilian boys are back in town and once again they make you an offer you can't refuse ! D'Alessandro, the Di Giovanni brothers and their mates are back to the roots, and this time it really sounds as if Palermo has been removed to Kent. As usual, the band chose an extended album ... (read more)

Report this review (#2435609) | Posted by Kaelka | Friday, August 7, 2020 | Review Permanlink

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