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IAN NARCISI began his music endeavors in 1983 by taking drum lessons and after seven years of preparation he went on to audition at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois where he resided for three years earning his Associates in music. During his time at the conservatory Ian was trained by several musicians and arranger to refine his vocal, drum and piano skills. At the same time he also performed in clubs in the Chicago Metro Area as a drummer and backup singer for several aspiring local area experimental rock groups.

He received formal vocal training from Chicago opera singer Janice Pantazelos at the Chicago Studio for Professional Singers in 1998 and went on to sing accapella at various churches and vocal recitals around the area. The lure of rock and roll pulled him into his own musical projects. Always feeling strongly that he had something unique to say with his original songs IAN NARCISI decided to focus on recording his own music. And in August of 2005 he released the first EP 'Off Purpose' (piano/vocal version), a collection of original songs composed on piano.

In July of 2006 he formed the band 'Tinwhisker' together with Scottish McMillan playing acoustic drums. They gave several shows in and around the Chicago area before calling it quits in May of 2007. During this time, Ian recorded the three-song EP 'Off Purpose' (full band version) - this time supported by guest musician/friend McMillan on bass and guitar. Summer of 2007 his third EP entitled 'Niche In Time' followed - additionally performing are bassist/guitarist Erik Swanson, singer/songwriter/musician David Kav (guitar, mandolin, harmonica) and guitarist/songwriter Andreas Kapsalis.

Winter of 2008 saw his first full-length 'Weight Of The Words' appearing which merges remastered tracks with six brand new original songs where he performed keyboards, drums and vocals. Recorded at Studio Ballistico in Chicago this album also features Erik Swanson on bass and Dave Bowers on guitar. IAN NARCISI's latest 5-song EP 'Feel No Evil' was worked out at Studio Ballistico from January to March 2009.

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making use of diverse inspirations from the progressive rock field multi-instrumentalist IAN NARCISI proves to be a proficient singer/songwriter with his well-conceived compositions

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Feel No Evil
Ian Narcisi Crossover Prog

Review by Rivertree
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— First review of this album —
3 stars 'Feel No Evil' is the current EP of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter IAN NARCISI. Supported by a bassist and guitarist he plays drums, keyboards and also cares for the vocals. Hey - this are really nice songs! The first two remind me of Porcupine Tree's Signify/Coma Divine period. Ian's voice appears close to Steven Wilson's I would say - and the mood is similar - psychedelic tinged precisely. The ballad Dust Of You is a really tricky one - mellow, atmospheric with echoing keyboard and charming polyphonic vocals embedded in floating interludes.

What protects you from getting lulled? A slicing guitar is contrasting and overall the song evolves to a heavier mood over the course of time. And at the very end a mysterious triphop styled drum impression is fired off - unusual, not troublesome - a rather special and unique gimmick. The shorter Little Bit follows - more dramatically arranged and again with a special interest in multi-layered vocal performance. Obviously well done - psychedelic guitars and piano are fluttering around each other.

Holding stylistical diversity Just Because is another one which really comes into flower after some rehearsals. Erik Swanson plays double bass, Dave Bowers a playful guitar alternating between a psych, jazzy or heavy riffing output. And then Stargazer shows hallucinogenic vocals and a reaggae/dub dominated groove where the ethno flavour is nicely intensified by a Maui xaphoon in between. The mellow Sparkle and Shine makes out the final song - average, not that tricky as the predecessors, nevertheless provided with nice piano similar keyboard contributions and expressive vocals.

Compared to his full album 'Weight Of The Words' from 2008 IAN NARCISI's current EP appeals better to me. I'm not quite sure yet what makes out the difference. More subtlety? Some more psychedelic moments here and there? Maybe because the songs are going adrift from a singer/songwriter attitude? He surely has cultivated his compositional skills. This foreshadows some surprises for the future - 3.5 stars.

Thanks to rivertree for the artist addition.

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