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The name itself, Illąchime, is a nod towards the poetic sensitivity,as you can check visiting the band's official web site or myspace page. You will also find description of their music, and perhaps a paragraph that bears the semblance of a biography, but it won't be much useful until you experience the music itself first. It's highly abstract concept when trying to be bounded with words, while the music might evoke all the pictures imaginable.

Apart from highly cerebral - and fragile - concept, the common denominator is academic approach, which will every fan of serious, intelligent music be able to appreciate.

Indeed, the band's background reveals all the sophistication knitted in their musical ideas: down to the core, the band is Fabrizio Elvetico, Gianluca Paladino and Pasquale Termini. They collaborated with a number of musicians such are Rhys Chatham, Graham Lewis, Mark Stewart, Salvatore Bonafede, Agostino Menella, Rossella Cangini, Dario Sanfilippo and Carlo di Gennaro.

The QUARTET in their name became the rag, perhaps occasionally true, but perceptive for any implication audience may receive.

As stated on their website, the band's nucleus is a clash of two powerful backgrounds - Elvetico with his academical degree in choral music and studying the history of aesthetics; and Paladino, digging deep into the building block of sounds of the real world among us, namely through technical aspect of sampling technology. As for the importance of other participants in their overall vision, the sources remained closed.

It's easy to get disgusted - or at least fed up - with misused phrases such are 'unique band' or perhaps reading a introductory one-liner which dabbles in pseudo-intellectual ornaments for band's introduction: indeed their source goes as follows:

''Dynamic, raw, evocative. Saturated and kinematic, engaging and alienating. A strongly unconventional listening experience.''

The difference between ILLACHIME QUARTET and others is in the fact such a statement is true, and it reflects musical vision well, while not giving any reference points for actual delivery or musical ideas.

Stripping down the description to the most banal level, their music is interaction between piano, guitar, cello, drums and electronic environment. The major aspect of their music is, perhaps flipping traditional roles with ease; using rock formats for academic spheres of music - electric guitars for cold architectonics ...
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Illąchime Quartet Eclectic Prog

Review by mr_ethanwolf

3 stars Illįchime Quartet's Self-titled 2004 release isn't without it's draws, in fact for the most part I think it's relatively okay, but there is the unavoidable feeling that the album lacks detail in such a way that it often limply fades into the background.

There are certain charms to the whole thing that will inevitably please me as they do in any other album: basslines that drive the music forward; dissonance; contradicting musical ideas played simultaneously. It's because of this that the first track, Monopolio Della Noia, is clearly the standout of the album, containing within it not only these charms, but some wonderful ideas that are carried out to their limit. The beginning sounding like a typical late-90's post-rock track with these non-distinct industrial noises that act to set the backbone of the piece. Eventually we are led into the track by guitar, bass, and keys playing a delicate melody that seems to twist itself into a helix. It is in the mediation between the brighter aspects of this track and the much darker, narrower sounds where I think the thing truly shines. Eventually it caves into a slightly weak prog-rock excursion before coming to some bowed strings. Despite the tracks memorability, I have to say I wish it didn't end so...stagnated. It's as though they forgot the driving force of the song and decided to throw in an average ambient string piece to get it over with.

The three other tracks within the album have their moments but it would seem that, as it progresses, so too does the impression it leaves on me shallows. The second track, Cortile In Mockba, has some texturally interesting electronic beats reminiscent of Ulver, but ultimately it drifts into a kind of average ambient piece that ebbs and flows, coming up for air in time to, again, do a sort Perdition City off-shoot, which in fairness to it isn't bad, it's perfectly okay, but it isn't brilliant either. The final track, Silos, is okay enough, but it does feel as though by this point they've left their opening statement as it were, the balance between conflicting brightness and darkness, far behind them in favour of a more linear instrumental album.

Overall I think that, while a little inconsistent and losing it's momentum as it progresses, the album is ultimately okay. If anything, Monopolio Della Noia is worth a listen.

Thanks to clarke2001 for the artist addition.

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