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ARIA PALEA

Prog Folk • Italy


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Interesting band with great flute soloing. They combine plenty of dynamics and changing moods to create both delicate moments and powerful sections. The use extensive flute and classical guitar. The clarinet and sax are also used. The influence from AREA is evident.

On "Zoicekardia" sound like the modern day continuation of bands like JETHRO TULL or DALTON with an emphasis on guitar/flute interplay. "Danze d'Ansie" is a new jewel from this southern italian band with its original music between prog-folk-theatre in avantgarde point of view through a crazy creative kaleidoscope. Their sound reminds me of JETHRO TULL, DALTON, FINISTERRE, MARY NEWSLETTER, and maybe a bit of DELIRIUM as well due to the folky atmosphere on some tracks.

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3.28 | 10 ratings
ZoicekardiŠ
1996
2.93 | 5 ratings
Danze d'Ansie
1998

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 ZoicekardiŠ by ARIA PALEA album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.28 | 10 ratings

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ZoicekardiŠ
Aria Palea Prog Folk

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars A really unique Italian group from Lecce, Aria Palea's story starts in the fall of 1992, when Apollonio Tommasi attended the Ghetonia's act cultural circle in the village of Calimera, where guitarist Emanuele Licci ran the bar.Licci was a friend of drummer Egidio Marullo, the three came in touch and decided to form their own group.The latest additions were singer Gigi De Giorgi and flutist Gianluca Milanese.A demo tape was sent to Pick Up Records, but mysteriously it was Loris Furlan from Lizard label who contacted the band for a contract.The debut of Aria Palea was recorded in Brindisi and was the second overall release of Lizard.The title ''Zoicekardi'a'' means ''life and heart'' in Greek, presenting the most unique aspect of the group: Small part of the lyrics were sung in Griko, a local dialect in South Italy, a mix of Greek and Italian spoken by the forgotten people of the Griko villages.

Having come in touch with the original music of the Griko Ghetonia act, Tommasi and his company had thrown strong Ethnic and Folk components in their rock approach, while the style of the band had also plenty of poetic and theatrical elements.The music is driven by the extended use of flutes and the delicate acoustic guitars, which are blended with harder, guitar-led grooves.The style ranges from Folk Rock with jazzy overtones to aggressive Hard Rock with furious and impressive guitar solos, while the singer Gigi De Giorgi has an unmet, theatrical vocal expression, sometimes with an over-the-top delivery.There are strong hints by bands such as DALTON, DELIRIUM and OSANNA to be found throughout the release, while the rhythm section has a superb rockin' attitude, being powerful and energetic all the way.Among the folkier moments and well-constructed textures Aria Palea use some sort of loose structures with psychedelic vibes to make their music more diverse and attractive.The result is very good, especially on the last jammin' track ''Zoicekardi'a (Il volo)'' and its semi-improvised atmosphere, split in harder and softer passages.

Not your typical Prog Folk release.''Zoicekardi'a'' by Aria Palea is an album that carries the story of a whole civilization, apart from the music, which remains energetic, tight and consistent all the way.Absolutely essential for Prog Folk followers and warmly recommended for all the rest.

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 Danze d'Ansie  by ARIA PALEA album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.93 | 5 ratings

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Danze d'Ansie
Aria Palea Prog Folk

Review by hellogoodbye

3 stars YESTERDAY AND TODAY.

It is easier to speak when no one still said nothing. So I chose for this first review the second album of the band Aria Palea, which I'll try to say a few words in my bad English. We are in 98, but listening to the first notes, you can swear this has been recorded in the seventies. After a few vocal incantations and percussions, the first piece, Emba pu'c'ťssu, evokes many of the names of the past like Barabba, Delirium, Il biglietto del inferno or Area. A flute immediately sets the tone by wrapping around a jazz rock rhythm, until the singer voice appears and than together they print the particular signature that you will find on the whole album. Abrupt change of atmosphere with the second track, Notturno, where guitar arpeggios and always this magical flute lead us in the heart of a quiet night. This time, some female choirs melt with the gentle lament of the singer, until guitar and drums break the monotony in the last moments of the song. The fifth track on the album, Stella, will introduce folk music again, but with more melodic qualities, making me think a little bit of the first Angelo Branduardi's album. With the third piece, Anze mu : e sentenza approdo, these are the folk roots of the group that are explored. This one is an introduction to the fourth song and heart of the album, L'idea del vuoto. Impossibe here not to think of the greek singer Demetrio Stratos seeking a path into the organized chaos of his band Area. Yet, if the comparison is inevitable, the piece is still great, including beautiful flute and saxophone solos. Back to the folk roots, with the two last songs, Ablura nove quarti and La casa del re, the first longer and more interesting than the second, referring to a popular dance where the singer, this time narrator, tells a story on the background of a noisy guitar. Finally a very nice album, probably a little too much slave to the voices of the past, but where the excellence of the musicians, especially the drummer and flutist, are sufficient to give an original colour. Three stars for me.

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Aria Palea Prog Folk

Review by Andrea Cortese
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3 stars Aria Palea is an italian contemporary prog band that focuses on acoustic and electric interplay, with an important role for flute. Instruments are reduced to the essence: flute, acoustic and electric guitar, bass, drums and percussions. The unespected element are the recitative and weird vocals that in some parts really reach the highest level of theatrical development I ever listened to. Just try, for example, the intro "Zoicekardža (Prologo)" where recitative vocals alternates to strange laughings and noises until flute comes in and opens for an interesting duo/interplay with electric guitar, in a jazzy temper a la Jethro Tull's This Was. Very interesting, especially for Tull's lovers as I am.

The general sound of the album is clearly and freely inspired to early Jethro Tull, and also Stand Up features as the isnpiration here. The track "Scena Dopo Scena", in particular, has a similar structure of the Tull's big classic "A New Day Yesterday". Other tracks are more freely played with more improvisation and quasi-jazzy feel as "Verso la Foresta". Very good work on acoustic guitar, I admit it. The whole record is convincing and should be in any prog folk collection.

The magnum opus here is the closer "Zoicekardža (Il Volo)" which is the longer song, over 11 minutes with high level of progressiveness and improvisation with the opportunity for all the band's members to show their own talents. Lyrics are not in italian but, I presume, in local dialect from where the band comes: the southern part of Puglia. This is a peculiarity of the italian prog folk experience, since the folk side of music depends on, mainly, to the local traditions that still are very strong here. The most relevant example is Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare and their lyrics in Neaples' dialect.

Aria Palea really deserves much more attention, even from fans of the italian prog experience. The fact that the prog folk sound was and is still almost always behind the scenes, explain well why this fine band remains one of the most obscure ones.

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ZoicekardiŠ
Aria Palea Prog Folk

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4 stars I didnt like this CD at first, but have now begun to appreciate its many layers. Some tunes I just cannot get out of my head. Great flute solos abound with a jazz influenced guitar style , more similar to the Swedish band Grovjobb than anything else.

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