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ALIO DIE

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Alio Die is the name of Stefano Musso's shimmering expansive dronescaping project. Musso was formed in electro acoustic researches and started to work under the name Alio Die in 1989. He is also known for his fruitful collaboration with artists such as Robert Rich, Vidna Obmana, Mathias Grassow (...) His personal musical signature is an achieved hybrid between sonic sonorous soundscapes and acoustic mysticism. A poignant and extatic journey of sounds.

See also: ROBERT RICH "Fissures" (with ALIO DIE)

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Holographic CodexHolographic Codex
Limited Edition
Projekt Records 2015
Audio CD$17.00
$39.00 (used)
Deconsecrated and PureDeconsecrated and Pure
Projekt Records 2012
Audio CD$10.67
$9.00 (used)
Expanding HorizonExpanding Horizon
Release 2003
Audio CD$29.59 (used)
Under an Holy RitualUnder an Holy Ritual
Projekt Records 1997
Audio CD$12.23
$7.70 (used)
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4.05 | 2 ratings
Under an Holy Ritual
1992
3.67 | 3 ratings
Sit Tibi Terra Levis/Introspective
1993
4.02 | 6 ratings
Suspended Feathers
1994
4.95 | 5 ratings
The Hidden Spring
1997
4.00 | 2 ratings
Password For Entheogenic Experience
1997
3.52 | 4 ratings
Le stanze della Trascendenza
1999
3.95 | 2 ratings
Apsaras (With Amelia Cuni)
2000
4.00 | 2 ratings
Leaves Net
2001
4.00 | 1 ratings
Incantamento
2001
4.00 | 3 ratings
Khen introduce silence
2003
3.00 | 1 ratings
Il Tempo Magico Di Saturnia Pavonia
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Angel's Fly Souvenir (With Francesco Paladino
2004
3.00 | 1 ratings
Sol Niger
2004
3.00 | 1 ratings
Corteggiando Le Messi (With Saffron Wood)
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
Mei-Jyu (With Jack or Jive)
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Flight Of Real Image
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
End Of An Era (With Luciano Daini)
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Raag Drone Theory (Feat. Zeit)
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
Eleusian Lullaby (With Martina Galvagni)
2007
4.05 | 4 ratings
Aura Seminalis
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
Tempus Rei
2008
3.00 | 1 ratings
Private History of the Clouds (& Aglaia)
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
La Sala dei Cristalli
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Tripudium Naturae
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Il Giardino Ermeneutico (&Zeit)
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Circo Divino (&Parallel Worlds)
2010
3.00 | 1 ratings
Horas Tibi Serenas
2010
4.95 | 4 ratings
Honeysuckle
2011
4.82 | 2 ratings
Vayu Rouah (With Aglaia)
2011
4.95 | 5 ratings
Deconsecrated And Pure
2012
3.50 | 2 ratings
Otter Songs (With Lingua Fungi)
2012
3.50 | 4 ratings
Rêverie (With Antonio Testa)
2012
4.71 | 5 ratings
Alio Die & Sylvi Alli: Amidst the Circling Spires
2014
3.00 | 1 ratings
Sitar Meditations
2014
4.00 | 1 ratings
Standing in a place
2015
5.00 | 1 ratings
Elusive Metaphor by Alio Die & Parallel Worlds
2015
4.34 | 23 ratings
Alio Die & Lorenzo Montana: Holographic Codex
2015
4.00 | 1 ratings
Imaginal Symmetry
2016
0.00 | 0 ratings
An Unfathomable Convergence
2016
4.50 | 7 ratings
Seamlessly bliss
2016

ALIO DIE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 1 ratings
Music Infinity meets Virtues (Live in Prague 23th May 2009)
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Dadà Theater (17 Aprile 2007) (with Zeit)
2012

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4.00 | 1 ratings
The Way of Fire
2002
3.00 | 1 ratings
Hora Aurea
2015

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 Imaginal Symmetry by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Imaginal Symmetry
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars Alio Die's shimmering, zyther driven "Imaginal Symmetry", 2016, travels flawlessly and creatively through the brighter environments he sometimes or rarely constructs. This turn of events is enhanced alongside fellow old time collaborators Lingua Fungi and Aglaia, taking an otherwise unusual turn themselves, into this adventure. (Parallel to this project Alio Die also releases "An Unfathomable Convergence", featuring the same ensemble, (which still waits patiently in my recently acquired collection).

So to describe it in sonic/imagery let me say his last 2 (solo) works "Standing in a place" & "Seamlessly bliss" resembled respectively the forest and its shadows. This "Imaginal Symmetry" resembles the skies' colors transitions, its clouds and its cosmic connection.

****4.5 PA stars.

A good referential for the connoisseurs will turn out to be Laraaji's slow paced zyther compositions.

 Deconsecrated And Pure by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.95 | 5 ratings

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Deconsecrated And Pure
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

5 stars Stefano Musso, the genius behind the "Alio Die" albums, is perhaps the only Progressive Electronic artist who is sounding new, different from those that have gone before. Most everyone else sounds like they came out of the 1970s, imitating or carrying forward certain sounds and styles, only using the advantages of advances in technology for sound engineering to their advantage. Though Stefano's frequent foundational employment of zither does produce reminders of Brian Eno's third "Ambient" album--Eno's production of the recording of New York City street musician Larry Gordon or "Laraaji" and his electrified zither playing--Stefano's use of layers of synthesizers with re-engineered sounds of other instruments makes for a 'new' or expanded version of the Laraaji/Eno sound. Plus, Stefano's music seems often to be strongly steeped in overtones of the musics of various religious traditions--especially Christian and Arabic. There are many times while listening to Alio Die music that I've thought I was listening to the music inside some vast Christian cathedral (as in the first two songs here) or an Arabian mosque. Also, Stefano's openness to collaboration with other musicians has fostered an ongoing shift and variation in the sounds and styles of his musical outputs; Stefano is not afraid to grow, to take risks, to learn from others, to collaborate, to try new things, and yet Stefano's music is clearly his own--of a style that I can almost recognize immediately upon hearing it.

Five star songs: the ethereal music of the reverence of religious traditions, 1. "Layers of Faith" (15:47) (10/10); 2. "Obliterated Alcove" (12:10) sounding like a modern day Gregorian chant (10/10); the Celtic-sounding parade of joy and celebration, 3. "Peel Away This Mortal Coil" (9:22) (9/10); the wind-chime infused, Eno-esque ("Lantern Marsh"), 4. "Cerulean Façade" (10:21) (8/10), and; like "Peel Away...," a mélange of world sounds of celebration, 5. "De-Altered" (18:09) (8/10).

The first two songs of this album alone are worth the price of admission as they are two of my all-time favorite electronica songs.

 Honeysuckle by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.95 | 4 ratings

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Honeysuckle
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

5 stars Though not a huge fan of the overdrawn opening song of this album, I can say that the other 50 minutes are absolutely stellar. This may be my favorite Alio Die album and one of my Top Five Progressive Electronic albums of all-time.

1. "Honeysuckle" (24:00) Wooden flutes, old organ sounds, old metallic and organic acoustic hand percussion instruments, and a constant though protracted fading in and out of 'focus' gives the opening 24-minute epic and title song of this album the feel as if one were walking around--both inside and outside--an old monastery, only, perhaps three to five hundred years ago. A truly magical and evocative experience. My only criticism is that the overall length may be a bit too much; even a walk around St. Peter's or Hagia Sophia needn't take 24 minutes--nor would the minstrels inside be performing the same droning song for that length of time. I think. (8/10)

2. "Innamorato" (9:19) opens with a very familiar BRIAN ENO Ambient 2 or 4 feel to it--only this one may be better than the original. It's gorgeous! Zither, harp or other finger-played stringed instrument performs the foundational sound with some kind of 'almost-trumpet'-like sound looping within the weave while the harmonics drone, echo, and reverberate without. (10/10)

3. "Honey Mushroom" (40:00) is a suite of three parts which opens with at least five instruments contributing thread lines to the construction of the overall musical weave: chimes, zither, organ, synthesizer, and bagpipe-like horn. The ethereal sound produced as result is gorgeous, mesmerizing, and truly enchanting. I feel as if I could fall under the spell of any one of the instruments but as a whole, in this weave, they are irrefutable. Unlike the opening number, there is enough developmental flow in the first movement of this suite to make it interesting and never boring. The second movement is slower, thicker, heavier, thicker, despite the more active play of the muted chimes over the top. There is a much more pronounced and slow moving wave-like low end here--harmonics or strums of a treated zither, I'm not sure. And a very engaging melody of longing and imploring seems to come from these harmonic overtones. Incredible! The third movement opens with a drone-like note in the unusual place of the upper registers of the harmonic mix--and it is sustained--almost like a large alabaster 'singing bowl' is being played. For the first three minutes, the background of various chimes, organ bass tones and zither are supportive but truly at the call and beckoning of the singing bowl in front. Then there is a subtle but pronounced shift as the drone of the singing bowl softens and recedes slightly, giving the zither and other sounds a little more prominence. Overall, "Honey Mushroom" is an absolutely brilliant piece of music--entertaining, satisfying, and never overstaying its welcome despite its 40 minutes. (10/10)

Five stars; a true masterpiece of Progressive Electronic music.

 Elusive Metaphor by Alio Die & Parallel Worlds by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2015
5.00 | 1 ratings

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Elusive Metaphor by Alio Die & Parallel Worlds
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
5 stars This is the future!

"Elusive Metaphor" by Alio Die (aka Stefano Musso) & Parallel Worlds (aka Bakis Sirro) released in 2015 is a MASTERWORK.

7 expansive, rich in textures, truly inspired and unique compositions, including a short collaboration by the ghostly and beautiful voice of India Czajkowska (track 1), whose storm of ideas on each track gives a different and new meaning to conceptual albums.

Deep into the sequences of dream like emotions, these sonic/visions are as abstract as concrete, yet fleeting away their shapes through mutable environments, which even though "earthly", withhold an absolute deep in trance "cosmic/human" quality that is both attainable as it is possible and better yet represented through the art of music.

Progressive Electronics taken for a ride into our planet's inherent aural atmospheres in full amounts of sonic colors and their respective shades and better yet with pitch perfect music composition.

A well hidden treasure full of all the unwritten, until now, possibilities in progressive electronics and contemporary non-mainsream electronic music composition adding up to a Prog music masterpiece!

***** 5 "FULL" PA stars!

 Seamlessly bliss by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.50 | 7 ratings

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Seamlessly bliss
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Stefano Musso aka Alio Die has polished his musical language according to his personal music composition quest. The best way to describe it is like picturing a landscape of incidental colors which conform by their addition a sonic world full of field recordings counterpointed by musical/non-musical instrumental structures which emerge as separate entities blending themselves into hypnotic ephemeral, short or mid-long , moments and transfiguring into different moods and new, vaporous also, passage like sections.

Words will never be as accurate to describe his music, but then again, they are a reviewer's best tool.

One of the most valuable attributes "Seamlessly Bliss", 2016,holds (along with its lineup with Lingua Fungi & Aglaia) , is a total freedom to conform, even from the preciousness or beauty it uncovers along its way. Thus when this happens one can easily detect that it is achieved by the synchronicity of "free-floating" structures which convey in a single section more than sounding as pre-planned to sound beautiful or friendly or both.

Alio Die understands the certain degree of detachment he beholds as composer in order for his music to be free of being set as necessarily friendly or lukewarm, or horrible and disturbing. His music, as the "organic nature" it emulates, resembles the same, incidental as life itself, full of all kind of highlights, downlights and mid-lights. As being free of the hand of man or women.

To close it down. An album by an artist who rarely disappoints me and I suppose his close followers and most important (I suppose again) himself. This extraordinary release is a peak which kind of started to ascend, sound wise, with "Standing in a Place", 2015, but taken now way beyond to the heights of any of his previous masterworks.

*****5 "FULL" PA stars.

 Alio Die & Lorenzo Montana: Holographic Codex by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.34 | 23 ratings

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Alio Die & Lorenzo Montana: Holographic Codex
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

5 stars Another one of Stefano Musso ("AlioDie")'s very successful collaborations, Holographic Codex explores some meditative, contemplative soundscapes that continue, for me, to evoke sacred religious sites--especially those of Christian and Muslim sacred and secular traditions. The opener, "Muns de Etrah" (6:58) makes me feel like I am walking around the streets and alleys of a some Arabian city in the middle of the day, always seeking the shadows with their possibility of cooler temperatures in order to find respite from the midday heat. (10/10)

2. "Hydra e Vers" (5:16) reminds me of a visit to the ancient mosque in Cordoba, Spain, when the facilities were virtually empty and yet the strains of voice and instruments in practice could be heard reverberating, as if from distant rooms, throughout the vaulted rooms and hallways. Islamic "call to prayer" type singing (heavily treated) with heavily treated piano and other soundscape-filling synthesized sounds make for a very neutral, very supportive ambience. (10/10)

3. "Akvil" (9:35) sounds strikingly similar to the cords struck by Larry Gordon to open the first song, "The Dance #1" but then of the pace and tempo of "5. Meditation #1" from the 1981 Eno/Laraaji collaboration, Ambient 3: Day of Radiance. In the third minute there arises some deep bass chords and several octaves of chimes taking the song into a more meditative direction. The emotions conjured up with this music are not necessarily pleasant but, instead, more evocative of shadow imagery and emotions. (9/10)

4. "Silent Rumon" (15:16) present fifteen minutes of pure disconcertment. The musical strains are unsettling, sometimes even disturbing or scary. Truly a masterpiece for bringing up the shadow side of our being. (9.5/10)

5. "Egetora" (5:24) a kind of nondescript but not unpleasant song; not plain, good but not great. (8.5/10)

6. "Cinta della Breccia Divina" (15:14) treated organ, synthesizers and plucked string instruments with some droning sounds alternating among several octave ranges. (9/10)

7. "Eternal Wisdom" (6:12) is the most uplifting song on the album--and what a relief! After such heavy, murky ambivalence, it is such a relief to experience such a spiritual uplift--almost like a resurrection; radiance, beauty and redemption. A wonderful way to end the album. (10/10)

A true masterpiece of progressive electronic music.

 Alio Die & Sylvi Alli: Amidst the Circling Spires by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.71 | 5 ratings

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Alio Die & Sylvi Alli: Amidst the Circling Spires
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by richardgurtler

5 stars Alio Die & Sylvi Alli "Amidst The Circling Spires" CD

The long awaited collaboration between Italian sound explorer Stefano Musso/Alio Die and in Berkeley, California based singer Sylvi Alli was released during January, 2014, on Projekt. While prolific Italian sculptor Alio Die is widely recognized, the name Sylvi Alli was new to me, thus she deserves here a little introduction. Sylvi Alli has started her artistic career with classical piano, but soon she turned into painting (1976-1993) and since 1995 she began singing. Her discography includes several solo CDs and soundtracks for theater and film, which feature also underground movies directed by Sylvi's husband Antero Alli (Sylvi is also acting in many of Antero's films). They both run Vertical Pool Productions, an intermedia arts group. And on the top of this, Sylvi Alli is also designing and handcrafting original jewelry on her LunarMuse shop.

As usual for all Alio Die releases, "Amidst The Circling Spires" CD is housed in gorgeously designed 6-panel digipak, with cover photo and concept by His Sunt Leones, while Sam Rosenthal handles the graphic design. The album opens with "The Inner Sea (Silver Sea)", it's a very tranquil and meditative neo-medieval flavored composition. Alio Die's gorgeously evocative and distinguishing soundsculpting is more than apparent, this time is precisely enriched by ethereal voice magic by Sylvi Alli. The harmony between Stefano's electroacoustic textures and Sylvi's vocal expressions is absolutely magical, a truly embracing effect is quickly achieved. I am hooked immediately by this serenely captivating composition!!! Bravo, Sylvi & Stefano!!! "Dreaming Tree" starts with minimal texture, slightly more cacophonous and primordial blending all those acoustic and organic subtleties. Sylvi Alli's colorful vocal wizardry adds a new dimension to this mysteriously fragranced reverie. On the next piece, "Crepuscular Birds", the two main protagonists are joined also by Lingua Fungi (taking care of zither, e-bow and effects). Poignant neo-medieval strings quietly intermingle with more droney parts, organic sounds occasionally emerge, all safely guarded by utterly gorgeous heavenly voices. The more sparser is the texture, the more expressively intense is its overall mood, which paints a really wonderful state of serenity!!! With "La Grotta Delle Naiadi" the listener is invited to enter into spectacular cavernous domains, where velvety tinkles hauntingly interact with warmly expanding and meandering washes. Soothingly engrossing fragile rainy sounds inconspicuously sneak in through the large opening. Sylvi's gracious voice bravura distinguishably enriches these uniquely magical and deeply contemplative sceneries. Lorenzo Montanà is credited for additional electronics and effects on this masterpiece. Yes, be prepared for nearly 12 minutes of pure sonic bliss!!! The following piece, "Numinous Veins", remains in deeply mysterious terrains, deliberately merging slender electroacoustics, comprised mostly of tenser strings, eerie howls and mesmerizing percussive transitions, with crystalline field recordings and excelling emotional voice. "Across A Splendid Vista" immediately shifts into neo-medieval paths leaded by dazzlingly beautiful zither magic, flimsy tinkles and warmly undulating atmospherics. The track title exactly displays this delightful journey!!! On the closing "Revenir" Sylvi Alli returns with her heavenly voice virtuosity. The soundscape keeps on floating and circling, with distant beat unobtrusively hanging above, and painting pleasingly meditative images.

"Amidst The Circling Spires" album is absolutely triumphant collaboration of two artists, who are deeply dedicated to their artistic expressions, their unrestrained passion and unique fragrances make from this recording a truly gracious and majestic listening experience, and certainly fully rewarding too. Another big one from this Italian master and big grazie to Stefano for bringing Sylvi Alli to this artful spectacle!!! Once again, bravo to Alio Die & Sylvi Alli (and their guests)!!!

Richard Gürtler (Apr 06, 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia)

 Vayu Rouah  (With Aglaia) by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.82 | 2 ratings

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Vayu Rouah (With Aglaia)
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by richardgurtler

5 stars Alio Die & Aglaia "Vayu Rouah" CD

After highly acclaimed first collaboration CD "Private History Of The Clouds", released in 2009 on Infraction, here comes the next chapter of teamwork by Alio Die's Stefano Musso and Aglaia's Gino Fioravanti and Gianluigi Toso. However, in the works for many years, but now finally becoming a reality. At the very beginning I didn't know what to expect from this long form composition clocking to 67 minutes, but already the first 10 minutes left me totally attracted and while the soundscapes kept on flowing, I was starting to realize that "Vayu Rouah" is going to be an absolutely breathtaking listening experience. The album opens with short hissed eclectic intro, but soon it enters into more hypnotic stage with always circulating and evolving structures that never get boring or unappealing. On the contrary, this precisely and skillfully crafted sonic mantra is growing on me with each listening. It takes me into my deepest imagination, this is gracefully ethereal, tranquil and evocative sonorous organic ambience executed by true masters of the genre. Yes, these three Italians are merging at the very top of their musicianship electronics with acoustics and various on-site recordings into highly refined, richly built, expansively euphoric and charmingly intimate aural sceneries. "Vayu Rouah" is certainly one of the most emotionally moving long form compositions I have ever heard in this genre, absolutely essential for ambient fans everywhere. Journeying with Stefano, Gino and Gianluigi transported me into magnificently beautiful and warmly fascinating deep night blue sky to capture pure moments of natural magic. And the visual part of this digipak packaging is no exception to this. Molte grazie, signori!!!

Richard Gürtler (Jul 03, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

 Standing in a place by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Standing in a place
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars A world by its own.

And by world I do mean one organic one, like this holy planet Earth. Alio Die's "Standing in a Place", 2015-2016, strips down naked its attributes to portray a peaceful entanglement of very fine threads weaving inch by inch a personal and universal attractive mirror world or even better your own, if lucky.

Back to nature, without self induced hazards, in sheer ecstasy of appreciation without any kind of organic or artificial aid, but the reinterpretation of the flow of time with its sonic counterpart in the hands of a highly trained disciple.

Progressive Electronics is not exactly what you will find here, electronically recorded and processed acoustic elements , if that is an issue, but thank the Gods, it is found in this PA's electronic world.

I can repeat myself, as I have done in most of my Alio Die's reviews, but then again to cut it short, Alio Die's own musical idiom can not be compared to no one's else vocabulary, therefore for those already aquainted with his music, this release as expected rates an easy 4.5 rating. For those new comers do not miss if you like to take a dive in a world where time stands still according to your own perception of the same, in a highly rich, creative and breathable place very much in tune to your own earthly floor and blood, wherever you happen to be, beyond all that and below!

****4.5 "slow-paced, feel forewarned", PA stars.

 Eleusian Lullaby (With Martina Galvagni) by ALIO DIE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Eleusian Lullaby (With Martina Galvagni)
Alio Die Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars Real/Surreal

Alio Die's 2007 "Eleusian Lullaby" is a 3 piece set in collaboration with Martina Galvagny, and it delivers an interesting display of contrasts. For starters and kind of a drawback for the average prog audiophile, you kind of have to be previously aquainted with this musician's works to actually enjoy what this release offers, but if not let me kind of explain it to you.

Taking into account the ever slow-paced evolution in Alio Die's musical proposals and musical idiom, this one is more unmusical yet harmonius in comparison to earlier works . The flowing nature of both musician's languages, but especially Martina Galvagni's transparent unintelligible singing voice, adds up ironically the darkest and mysterious tones but in such small and perfectly threaded dosages as to become part of this oniric, back to nature, droning lullabies and not the whole project itself.

Another good and not that far fetched way to kind of understand this album's concept, will be to mention some referentials but not in the sense of comparisons, because there are none, will turn out to be Dead Can Dance but without their complex musical perfections. These lullabies instead, are detached most of the times from being musically rational and closer to the emotional/environmental hypnotic state of dreaming literally speaking not just the conceptual cliche.

A feast of obscure yet beautiful micro-succeeding passages glued in sometimes by the haunting singing, it is ephemeral in disguise, but rich in on coming and on going instrumentation and ever transfiguring compositional ideas, as to invite the listener to dwell in with his entire participation, but makes no compromises in its own perfectly evolutive oniric musical idiom.

****4 PA stars.

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