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VIEUX CARRE

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VIEUX CARRÉ is an Italian prog band from Spoleto (Umbria) formed by five musicians with a jazz background: Alessandro Bartolucci on piano, minimoog, keyboards; Federico Barbieri on drums; Filippo Zelli on guitars; Marco Rambaldi on vocals and Nicola Palladino on bass. The band was formed in 2003 as CHIAROSCURO and a first demo featuring four original tracks and two Genesis covers ("Firth Of Fifth" and "Musical Box") was released. In 2005 they changed their name in VIEUX CARRÉ and released their first self-produced full length album "Gli spiriti, i corpi e le menti" (that can be legally downloaded for free from the official website). VIEUX CARRÉ have been influenced by progressive bands like GENESIS, BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO and PFM, but their music has its own touch of originality and it's worth to be checked out...



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Glispiriti Icorpi Elementi (2008)

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3.40 | 5 ratings
Glispiriti Icorpi Elementi
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
Eteronimie
2012

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 Eteronimie by VIEUX CARRE album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Eteronimie
Vieux Carre Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by andrea
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— First review of this album —
4 stars In 2012, after many years of work, Vieux Carré finally released a sophomore album titled "Eteronimie" (Heteronyms). The literary concept of heteronym was invented by Fernando Pessoa and refers to one or more imaginary characters created by a writer to write in different styles and in some way it describes the content of the album where you can find many different styles and characters giving life to the different tracks. In my opinion during the years the composition skills of the band have improved, this work is very rich in ideas, less derivative than the previous one and it's really worth listening to. By the way, the art cover reminds me of another independent band from Italy, Absenthia...

The complex opener "Relegazione"(Exile) is inspired by the life of the Latin poet Ovid. In 8 AD, Ovid was banished to Tomis, a city on the Black Sea now in Romania, by the exclusive intervention of the Emperor. Ovid wrote that the reason for his exile was carmen et error - "a poem and a mistake" - claiming that his crime was worse than murder, more harmful than poetry... "Beyond the walls of Time they sing my poems / Beyond moral my voice keeps on caressing your soul / Ingenio sic fuga parta meo...".

The melancholic "Terra Nova" is inspired by the ill-fated expedition to Antarctica led by Robert Falcon Scott (the expedition was also the subject of a 1948 film directed by Charles Frend, Scott of the Antarctic). It begins softly with an acoustic guitar arpeggio... "They arrived before us / I can already see the flag with the cross of the north...". The music and lyrics describe disappointment and dismal, the landscape is bleak and the long come back for the men of the expedition is sad, dangerous... "Farewell dreams of glory / I can't fight any more / How beautiful is to close my eyes and let the sleep come...".

"Praz!" features many changes in mood and rhythm. It's a complex track inspired by the life and work of eccentric Italian critic Mario Praz... "They say that my karma is ill-omened / That I sow conflagration and destruction / The fragments of other lives feed me / My identity is the glance of Medusa...".

"Il cardine storto" (The crooked hinge) begins with a nice piano intro, then the rhythm rises. It's an interesting track inspired by the work of the American writer of detective stories John Dickson Carr... "The art of the murderer is like the art of the conjurer / It consists in attracting your glance in the wrong place...".

"El Gabal" is a particular ballad inspired by the story of a homosexual Roman emperor, Elagabalus, and of his lover Hierocles. It begins softly and the mood is dreamy... "Come on, Hierocles, lay with me / Rest awhile, help me to dream...". A sax solo provided by the guest musician Enrico Battisti marks a change in mood and the romance turns into a slaughter... "They look at me with disgust / Because in my face there's the pride of the hetaeras... I can smell my blood / I fear the sun is going to leave me...".

"Evans" is a short instrumental for piano solo dedicated to Bill Evans. It leads to "Tenno", a nice track that could recall Franco Battiato and that is inspired by the childhood and youth of the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa. Then comes "Ramo di lillà" (Lilac branch), another track dedicated to a famous film director, Sergei Eisenstein, an to his Mexican odyssey... "From human sacrifices to the haciendados of Porfirio Diaz / Look at me straight in the eyes / Que viva Mexico, it's the time of the uprising...".

"Inquietudine" (Restlessness) begins with a nice piano pattern and is jazzier. The lyrics are inspired by the life and work of Portuguese poet and writer Fernando Pessoa and some passages are taken from a poem titled Tabacaria... "I am nothing / I shall never be anything / I cannot wish to be anything / Aside from that, I have within me all the dreams of the world...". After a short pause, a delicate, dreamy hidden track inspired by the poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge concludes this excellent album.

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 Glispiriti Icorpi Elementi by VIEUX CARRE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.40 | 5 ratings

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Glispiriti Icorpi Elementi
Vieux Carre Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by andrea
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3 stars Vieux Carré is an Italian prog band from Spoleto (Umbria) formed by five skilled musicians with a jazz background: Alessandro Bartolucci (piano, minimoog, keyboards), Federico Barbieri (drums), Filippo Zelli (guitars), Marco Rambaldi (vocals) and Nicola Palladino (bass). The band began life in 2003 under the name Chiaroscuro and a first demo featuring four original tracks and two Genesis covers ('Firth Of Fifth' and 'Musical Box') was released. In 2005 the name of the band was changed into Vieux Carr' and a first self- produced full length album was released, 'Glispiriti, icorpi elementi' (although the title has an ambiguous spelling it could be translated as 'the spirits, the bodies and the minds'). Well, the overall sound has been influenced by progressive bands such as Genesis, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso and PFM, but the musicians managed to add their own touch of originality writing lyrics and music inspired by literature, cinema and history.

The dreamy opener 'Palingenesi' (Palingenesis) is inspired by an epic novel by Stefano D'Arrigo, Horcynus Orca, that tells the adventures of a mariner of the Italian Navy who tries to go back home in Sicily after Badoglio Proclamation on September 8, 1943.

'Greed' is an acoustic ballad and is sung in English. It was inspired by Greed, a 1924 American dramatic silent film directed by Erich von Stroheim and taken from McTeague, a novel by the American writer Frank Norris that tells the story of a couple's courtship and marriage, and their subsequent descent into poverty, violence and finally murder as the result of jealousy and avarice... 'I'm dreaming Trina freaking out / In that bed of gold with her devilish ruffled hair...'.

'Palinodia' (Palinode) is an excellent track with a good piano work and classical influences. A palinode is an ode in which the writer retracts a view or sentiment expressed in earlier poems... 'I'm prisoner of four bleak walls / Dusk and silence conspires / The imagine of your smiling face discolours in the complaisance of my memories...'.

'World Of Chance' is sung in English and could recall some solo works by Peter Gabriel while the lyrics depict a nightmarish atmosphere... 'Sound of raging waters down below / Something tight keeps biting at my neck / I'm hanging off the edge of a wooden bridge / My feet are trembling on a shaky plank / Dozens of rifles pointing at my head...'.

'KV62' recalls some recent works by Franco Battiato and features a mystic, oriental flavour. KV 62 is the name of the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings and the lyrics tell of its discovery... 'The night is still warm when the prodigy happens / The first step emerges from the sand...'.

'Concrete Rarefaction Of Freedom' could recall Genesis and Van der Graaf Generator. It's sung in English and the lyrics are inspired by science-fiction while the following 'Louisiana Story' leads us in a Louisiana's bayou, on the tracks of an attractive, mysterious creole girl who makes you fancy a new beginning...

'Mellonta Tauta' is soft and melancholic. The lyrics describe in a very poetical way the feelings of a soldier sheltered in his trench. The enemies seem an army of shadows hiding in the night, an obsessive mirage that drives you crazy... The long, complex 'Riconciliazione' (Reconciliation) concludes this interesting album... 'Now the dream born from your hug / Sets cohesions free as if they were butterflies...'.

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 Glispiriti Icorpi Elementi by VIEUX CARRE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.40 | 5 ratings

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Glispiriti Icorpi Elementi
Vieux Carre Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars A free download from their website and I cannot understand why the highly esteemed reviewer Psarros is the only one here who has bothered reviewing this album and that was back in 2008. Downloading and listening to this album is better than pest, starvation and being made homeless.

.......... not to mention a week without Pepsi Max.

Vieux Carre is are relative new band (see interview) and they are still going strong. A new album is in the oven. Which is positive news because this band is most certainly up to something good, if Glispiriti Icorpi Elementi is taken into account.

Glispiriti Icorpi Elementi is a very varied album with a variety of styles. From art rock aka Roxy Music via Genesis & Yes adoration to jazz/fusion. This album is most definate on the arty side of the RPI scene. The very good sound is also very modern without moog and melotron. In short; this is not a Banco or Le Orme copycat. The instruments are tangents and electric guitars. Unfortunate; the very good vocals are both in Italian and in English. Please, please stick to Italian next time around. The Italian vocals reminds me about Angelo Branduardi.

The songs are all very good and well crafted. There are no real excellent or even signature tracks here. Neither is there any really weak tracks too. This album, with this good front cover, is a very solid debut album and a far better debut album than most debut albums from this scene. I really enjoys this album and recommends it to everyone into sophisticated symph/art/ RPI. And remember; it is free.

3.5 stars

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Glispiriti Icorpi Elementi
Vieux Carre Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

4 stars ...4 stars...

This album is damn good, I assure you...Additionally you can download VIEUX CARRE's debut from their site for free...What do we have here then?...So,VIEUX CARRE are surely influenced by the italian progressive rock movement of the 70's,but they also seem to admire the UK symphonic prog scene (GENESIS and GENESIS like bands)...Add some few jazz elements here and there and you'll get the picture...All the tracks of the album are of high quality,generally you'find carefully smooth symphonic arrangements but I seem to like more the tracks where the singer sings in his native language than the english ones cause' the later ones have a slightly neo-prog feel similar to MAGRATHEA...that's not necessarilly bad but the italian ones have the 70's italian feeling which I really love...The only negative thing I'd say is the production of the album,a big problem for all the unknown underground bands,since all the songs seem to have been recorded live and not in the studio...

Big big surprise,VIEUX CARRE will fill your nights and days with some excellent both complex and melodic symphonic/art rock so hurry and download their first release from their website for free,you won't regret it...

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