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The Clepsydra sound generated by Fabio Di Gialluca voice, guitar, Phil De Rubeis voice..bass, Danilo Ricci drum, took form in 2002 with Alessandro Petraccia at the bass. They get part of their productions from the psychedelic rock of the late '60s - first of '70s, recalling sonorities and live dilations of that time. During the years, they issued two auto-produced demo "Controlling the breath of the dog" in 2005 and "Foam" in 2006, collecting many live performances in the alternative Italian circuits.

From the sound proofs rearranged with endless changes of structure and molding during the live performances, they selected the songs which, in February 2007, will form
"Second era of Stonehenge"
, the first album of the band, on M.P. Records, with international distribution G.T. MUSIC DISTRIBUTIONS. Produced by Fabio Di Gialluca with Vannuccio Zanella, the album comes up to the expectations given, alternating between the hard vintage passages of "Yhe passer by" and "Heros'goodbye" and the psychedelic sound of "Egg flip", "I saw Sid flying" and "Foam", the last one chosen as hit for the video clip production directed by Andrea Bucchioni. The album terminates with the lysergic suite "Stonehenge 00:37", point of reference of the entire work, in collaboration with the memorymoog of the "David di Donatello" for the sound tracks Fabio Liberatori.

At the end of 2007, has been issued the third hit from the album "The passer by" together with the video clip of the same title directed by Peter Ranalli and Matteo Simone.Phil De Rubeis is leaving the band in November 2007; he will be replaced by Luca Trifoni, who has already collaborated with the band in the past. In March 2009 out IN OTHER SUNSETS The long awaited second album of the Italian trio , a group that seem to be directly influenced (from the music heaven) by Syd Barrett and Jerry Garcia.....their original psychedelic formula is boosted in this new album with even more captivating sounds with the use of an Hammond b4, synthesizers, violin and trumpet. A real "trip" in a native American land full of magic and enchanted visions. Now the band is touring Italy and Europe, with performances at the troubadour earls count and at the underworld Camden town in London. [Bio from the band's Myspace page]

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3.38 | 8 ratings
Second Era Of Stonehenge
2.87 | 7 ratings
In Other Sunsets
3.00 | 1 ratings
Marmalade Sky
3.33 | 6 ratings

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 In Other Sunsets by CLEPSYDRA album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.87 | 7 ratings

In Other Sunsets
Clepsydra Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Sander

4 stars I like this album. Why? Because I like the guitar playing. It's a bit bluesy to me every now and then (the comparision with Robin Trower as mentioned by other reviewer), and I like the blues. I also hear a bit Pink Floyd influence on the other hand. The voice is not disturbing me. I like his tone and the slight accent doesn't bother me. He puts emotion in his singing and I like the whispering-like singing he does every now and then. The bass and drums are okay. So .... if you like bluesy guitar prog, give this Italian group a try. And .... play it loud.
 In Other Sunsets by CLEPSYDRA album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.87 | 7 ratings

In Other Sunsets
Clepsydra Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars An interesting, but mixed sophomore effort by this Italian outfit.

The musical inspirations for this act seems to be the mellower parts of Pink Floyd's back catalogue and Robin Trower circa "Bridge of Sighs". And especially in the subdued compositions this blend is intriguing. Warm, gentle, echoing psychedelic guitar licks and soloing on top of slow to mid paced bass lines is a mixture I've always been fond of, and this outfit are among the better I've heard in creating such efforts.

Their more energetic ventures fails to thrill me that much though - although not poor efforts as such the harder hitting tracks of a more distinct blues-rock oriented approach, at times with more of a vintage sounding art rock expression, are rather more genereic sounding affairs, but negatively impacted by the one major flaw in their line-up - the lead vocals.

Heavily accented and indistinct in pronouncation, the vocals distract in a negative manner throughout. While the voice itself mostly suits these musical exploits, the combination of slurry singing and heavy accent did put me off. High quality instrumental passages is the saving grace for this effort though, and I'd think that quite a few with a soft spot for Trower's "Bridge of Sighs" may find at least a select few efforts on this disc to be of interest.

 In Other Sunsets by CLEPSYDRA album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.87 | 7 ratings

In Other Sunsets
Clepsydra Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by DamoXt7942
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2 stars After sunsets, dark atmosphere will come here.

At first lookin' at the sleeve, you can find the story not as bright as under the sun. You bet, from the beginning weeping guitar sound should hit our minds and impressive voice can drag us on the dark ground. Open Your Eyes - Clouds, from the first to the second track the stream is really such as above mentioned. Woo, I was afraid I couldn't listen till the end in my right mind. :-) Depressive? No, not only so...Majestic 12 \ Eyes Only is with heavier wow-wow guitar sounds. A voice solo even can kick the guitar and rhythm sections. Frequently altered rhythm should boil us listeners. Now I consider in this work one of the important stuffs is exactly Fabio's guitar solo. Like hitting and blowing all the instruments away... A slow and sad, but loud (GORI-GORI) bass solo leads us to the next song Something Injury. However, here no suspicion about low tone and sticky, slimy voice. Exotica has three parts. On the first and the last, with eccentric drumming, sitar and feminine scat put exotic, Oriental flavour. Sadly, I can't understand how the middle part be related with the others...independent? Hmm...starting the middle one, suddenly floating and cloudy, but pop and catchy sound comes. Why does it change as such? A little surprising. But there's such an impressive sound as the last drowsy and strong electric guitar one. ;-) Albuquerque may be a stable-on-the-earth song? I think at least this sound is one of its characteristics. Of course, even more depressive and heavier. So, for me voice hears rather than vivid, ha-haa! ...After 3 minutes passed, again a guitar solo runs up and down, from right to left...very lyrical and twisted sound. The next stuff Tabasco at sunrise is a relax here for me. One, two, three, GO! Hut, hut...hopping and tapping rhythm is made by a bass and percussions (of course), a rhythmical guitar (!), and a voice (!!!). Let's swing and dance. Along The Cam Nothing the song really difficult to appreciate? For me, no. Bluesy flavour is always around us. I, without my intention, have a clap and croon, with my appreciation for it. On Acid Moon not bright but clear voices and a guitar solo are the keys but tight and strict rhythm should make this song rigid and progressivo. Very shaped (not complex) and simply aggressive. The last horn and synth sounds can make this song more mysterious I suggest. ...Uh? African beat E-minor...? On Dreamcatcher also voices are so interesting and amazing for us that they can let us go to another Oriental world...with a few rock & roll kicks. Wind chimes are very comfortable at Last Night On Vega. The vocal is bluesy as usual and a bit out of tune :-P but this combination should make us flexible and relaxed. Not kidding. The last track Lost In The Universe is, as its name, a slow and dark ballad, absolutely suitable for the last of this album. I'm sure the guitar be very impressive but the most beautiful stuff is the sound of wind chimes...also important.

Indeed, as I've mentioned above, there are lots of good songs...but it's a pity for me in the WHOLE ALBUM are not so many 'colours' enough to motivate us. Hope their next album will be greater...2 stars.

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