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B-RAIN is a solo project by Davide Guidoni, drummer/percussionist of DAAL (and other Italian and worldwide prog-related groups such as TAPROBAN, DORACOR, GALLANT FARM, THE FAR SIDE, ARIES, PENSIERO NOMADE and more). In this project, he is the composer, keyboardist and percussionist, exploring experimental sounds of progressive rock mixed with ambient, New Age, electronic and symphonic styles to create `instrumental scenarios with a strong visual impact'.

Released in October 2018 on the Lizard Records label, `Echoes from the Undertow' is his first solo album, and it includes contributions from a range of both Italian and international progressive music related artists, including Roberto Vitelli (ELLESMERE), Steve Unruh (THE SAMURAI OF PROG), Luca Pietropaoli (Foundry), Vincenzo Zitello (INSONAR), Salvatore Lazzara (PENSIERO NOMADE) and Alfio Costa (DAAL, PROWLERS).

The very definition of an eclectic album, the atmospheric instrumental disc incorporates moments of symphonic, jazz, electronica and cinematic touches that remind of everything from VANGELIS, ROBERT RICH, YVES POTIN (JAZZCOMPUTER.ORG), ALIO DIE and Mark Isham, and even touches of the rich worldly approach of STEVE HACKETT and the gloomy moods of the darker KING CRIMSON moments.

Please note - B-Rain is not an RPI album or artist, but it holds close ties to numerous Italian and worldwide prog-related acts and artists, and its diverse and evocative approach will hold great interest to a wide range of progressive music listeners.

Biography by Michael Hodgson (Aussie-Byrd-Brother), Italian Prog team.

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3.78 | 9 ratings

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Echoes From The Undertow
B-Rain Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by BrufordFreak
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4 stars DAAL's DAvide Guidoni issues the 2018 result of a solo project he'd been working on outside of his work with ALfio Costa. Very nice progressive electronic music.

Track 1, "Far from the Madding Crowd" (2:56) sounds like disc 2 of David Sylvian's "Gone to Earth" with slower sections/interludes similar to Rick Wakeman's "Six Wives of Henry VIII." (8/10)

Track 2, "Lakeshore" (6:01) opens sounding like something from Hans Zimmer's "The Last Samurai" soundtrack before moving on to emulate violin-dominated work of Peter Gabriel collaborator SHANKAR on "The Last Temptation of Christ soundtrack," the work of Canadian electronic violinist Hugh Marsh with Bruce Cockburn in the 1980s and solo thereafter, as well as the work of many prog electronic artists including STEVE ROACH, ROBERT RICH, and YVES POTIN (JazzComputer.org). (9/10)

Track 3, "Overwhelming" (4:58) sounds as if it could come from PULSAR's "Halloween" as well as some of KLAUS SCHULZE's 1970s and soundtrack music. Mostly sound effects, creepy voices, and distorted sound until the symphonic second half. (8.5/10)

Track 4, "Echoes from the Undertow" (6:10) This one sounds like music from Belgian masters of cinematic music, BATTLESTATIONS, with the addition of treated trumpet la Kenny Wheeler, Mark Isham, or early Jon HASSELL with DAVID SYLVIAN. GREAT song! It's only flaw is it's lack of dynamic development over its six minute course. (9/10)

Track 5, "The Cold Time of Solitude" (5:37) cello and viola over progressive electronic music alternating with primo STEVE HACKETT electric guitar soloing. Great tension and engaging melody ( la Maestro Hackett) throughout. (9.5/10)

Track 6, "Descending Mist" (a 20 minute epic!) (20:28) could come straight out of the musical repertoire of ALIO DIE, ROBERT RICH, STEVE ROACH, early TANGERINE DREAM and KLAUS SCHULZE, as well as so many 21st Century Prog Electronic songs and artists. Cool, eerie song! (34/40)

Track 7, "Homeward Bound" (5:38) is interchangeable with any symphonic cinematic concept album outro, like from the SEVEN REIZH albums, FREQUENCY DRIFT, LEBOWSKI, ALAN PARSONS PROJECT, MY EDUCATION, even Genesis artists' solo albums (HACKETT, BANKS, RUTHERFORD, COLLINS). (7.75/10)

Four stars; a collection of great cinematic music in the tradition of such masters as PULSAR, TANGERINE DREAM, STEVE HACKETT, PETER GABRIEL, LEBOWSKI, KLAUS SCHULZE, and even GOBLIN. An excellent contribution to the progressive electronic subgenre!

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3.78 | 9 ratings

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Echoes From The Undertow
B-Rain Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars This is the first solo album by Davide Guidoni, the drummer and percussionist of DAAL, along his work in other Italian bands Gallant Farm, The Far Side, Nuova Era, Aries and Pensiero Nomade. About the name of his project Davide explains: 'the B-Rain project is a play on words, it means somehow 'rain-brain', like a mental rain, which is generally my mood'. He has invited a wide range of musicians: Roberto Vitelli (Ellesmere), Steve Unruh (The Samurai Of Prog), Luca Pietropaoli (Fonderia), Vincenzo Zitello, Salvatore Lazzara ( Pensiero Nomade) and Alfio Costa (Daal, Prowlers).

These musicians did a wonderful job by colouring Davide his very atmospheric sonic landscapes (with all kind of noises and samples by Davide), often very tasteful and subtle. Especially with the Ehru (Chinese 2-string violin) and the bamboo flute, this gives the music a pleasant ethnic flavour. And like Steve Roach here Davide also blends electric instruments and organic instruments.

The music on this album often reminds me of Steve Roach his pioneering atmospheric ambient electronic music, very experimental and very, very laidback. At some moments it's more dynamic, like the JL Ponty inspired electric violin in Lakeshore, the powerful trumpet sound in the percussive titletrack and the interplay between the electric violin and sensitive electric guitar in The Cold Time Of Solitude.

But in general it's music for lovers of atmospheric music, and very hypnotizing, like in the epic Descending Mist featuring lots of sample sounds, ominous keyboards and fine work on flute, violin, electric guitar and synthesizer, even some bass pedal work. Just take a look at the inspirational titles, close your eyes, feed your imigination and let you carry away by this 'atmospheric expirimental progressive electronic music' by B-Rain, very daring and special music.

My rating: ***1/2

P.s.: Thanks for your huge efforts Michael.

Thanks to aussie-byrd-brother for the artist addition.

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