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Founded in Palermo, Italy in 2013

Another wonderful band who had its initial exposure on the excellent AltRock label, HOMUNCULUS RES is a Sicilian band centered around songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist Dario D'Alessandro. Other members currently include keyboardists David Di Giovanni and Federico Cardaci, bassist Domenico Salamone, flutist Dario Lo Cicero, and drummer Daniele Di Giovanni. A featured guest on the band's debut is YUGEN keyboardist Paolo Ske Botta.

The primary inspiration for the band is PICCHIO DAL POZZO, the best Canterbury-influenced Italian band from the 1970s. They seem likewise, as did PICCHIO DAL POZZO, to derive inspiration from other Canterbury bands, particularly CARAVAN and SOFT MACHINE. But HOMONCULUS RES is far from being a simple clone--they have taken the light, breezy, humorous Canterbury feel and mixed it with the early material from PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI and even LE ORME. They have combined these influences, spinning the whole in their wonderful melodic sensibilities, in the process creating one of the more unique and memorable entries into the crowded field of modern excellent Italian progressive rock bands.

The 2013 debut album Limiti All'eguaglianza della Parte con il Tutto demands to be heard and enjoyed and portends of wonderful things to come from this delightful ensemble.

[Todd]

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4.00 | 60 ratings
Limiti All'Eguaglianza Della Parte Con Il Tutto
2013
3.85 | 57 ratings
Come Si Diventa Ciò Che Si Era
2015
3.80 | 105 ratings
Della Stessa Sostanza Dei Sogni
2018
3.93 | 77 ratings
Andiamo in Giro di Notte e ci Consumiamo nel Fuoco
2020

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 Andiamo in Giro di Notte e ci Consumiamo nel Fuoco by HOMUNCULUS RES album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.93 | 77 ratings

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Andiamo in Giro di Notte e ci Consumiamo nel Fuoco
Homunculus Res Canterbury Scene

Review by Beautiful Scarlet

4 stars 4/5*

Most of the songs are pretty good, though I find many to be in indistinct and forgettable. Generally speaking the songs are short, maxing out at 6:43 but this time is spent pretty well, the songs all have vocals, done in a manner reminiscent of Richard Sinclair without going so far as to be considered imitative.

Overall while this is a good album, I find if a few tracks had been removed, extended and some redone as instrumentals the album would be a lot better. If you like chill bands like Supersister or Hatfield And The North then give this a spin. Canterbury Sound Score 5/5

 Andiamo in Giro di Notte e ci Consumiamo nel Fuoco by HOMUNCULUS RES album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.93 | 77 ratings

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Andiamo in Giro di Notte e ci Consumiamo nel Fuoco
Homunculus Res Canterbury Scene

Review by felonafan

5 stars The album titled "Della stessa sostenza dei sogni" by the Italian - more precisely, by the Sicilian - band Homuncuus Res, released in 2018, turned out to be Album of the Year for me, along with the debut release of the project organized by the bass player of Anglagard (by this project I mean All Traps on Earth) ... On July 23 this year, the fourth full-length studio disc of Italians was released - with an even more intricate title "Andiamo in giro di notte e ci consumiamo nel fuoco". And again we hear songs, Canterbury "in spirit", but sung in Italian. And again, these songs are built mainly on jazz harmonies and are characterized by a complex structure, odd and changing time signatures and frequent changes in musical patterns, but at the same time they sound relaxed and even pop, if the word "pop" is not taken as a "curse". In general, it is believed that the first "Italian response to the Canterbury" was made in the second half of the 1970s by the Picchio Dal Pozzo, but the music of Homunculus Res is prettier, brighter, more pleasant, more accessible, and, I must say, almost does not look like the work just the mentioned ensemble. So if they tell you somewhere that Homunculus Res is almost the same as Picchio Dal Pozzo - don't believe it! At the same time, the music of the heroes of the review is not at all perceived as secondary - in comparison, say, with Hatfield and the North - the quintet from Palermo led by composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dario d'Alessandro has its own face, claiming uniqueness, not without reason! The main point is the following. What Homunculus Res is doing is by no means reduced to "Canterbury". Musicians are open to different influences. Their compositions organically "include" both vocal chants a la Yes ("La Salamandra"), and a direct quote from "Hey Jude" by the Beatles ("La Luccicanza") and elements of music that could easily become a soundtrack for films by Fellini or other Italian directors ("Non Dire No"). Complexity, beauty, jazz, sensual melodies, irony, detachment - everything is combined into a single whole in this work of Homunculus Res. The musicians approach the development of the compositions, perhaps even more carefully even in the 2018 album, as a result of which they turn out to be longer and, possibly, "unified". This is in stark contrast to the first two Homunculus Res albums - 2013 and 2015 - which were full of short pieces, often lasting 1-2 minutes - the music was very interesting, exciting, but often unnecessarily fragmentary. The new disc contains no songs shorter than three and a half minutes. True, the detailed "elaboratedness" of the opuses often turns out to be boring, which the first three albums of the Sicilians were almost deprived of. Some fragments in some compositions are somewhat tiring. Therefore, at the moment I like the new disc a little less than the previous one, but it still "catches", and with each listening it gets stronger. Among the best pieces here, along with the aforementioned "La Luccicanza" and "Non Dire No", I would include the brilliant "Supermercato" with a gorgeous ending played by a whole ensemble of musicians playing wind and strings. These people are mostly guests. And once again I will say about the concluding track "Non Dire No" - you will not find anything like it in releases by Soft Machine, National Health or Hatfield and the North - this is a very beautiful, tender, sad and lyrical song in the form of a waltz, very Italian in spirit. Summary: The album "Andiamo in giro di notte e ci consumiamo nel fuoco" is excellent, one of the candidates for the title of the best in 2020!
 Limiti All'Eguaglianza Della Parte Con Il Tutto by HOMUNCULUS RES album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.00 | 60 ratings

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Limiti All'Eguaglianza Della Parte Con Il Tutto
Homunculus Res Canterbury Scene

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars When it comes to Italian prog there is no doubt that the majority of bands that have come and gone since the genre's nascency in the early 1970s have been loyal traditionalists and followed in the footsteps of the pioneers such as Premiate Forneria Marconi, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Museo Rosenbach, Quelle Vecchia Locanda or Le Orme but every once in a while certain artists were more interested in casting their gaze towards lands far away for inspiration. Area was one of the first totally off the wall and unorthodox bands to emerge on the scene but as time went on some bands were more interested in the English sounds than anything close to the Mediterranean. Nothing screams bloody England more than the idiosyncratic jazz-rock style of the Canterbury Scene but yet this warm and inviting technical wizardry laced with absurdities and whimsy has appealed to many bands from well outside the pastoral English countryside.

While Italy has not exactly been a hotbed for the Canterbury sounds that made bands like National Health and Hatfield & The North some of prog's most beloved acts, the Genova based Picchio dal Pozzo was the first to put Italy on the map for with its strange blend of avant-prog and Canterbury charm rolled out into some of the most unique sounds in the musical universe. Picchio dal Pozzo was the oddball in the Italian prog scene since its debut all the way back in 1976 with virtually zero interest from other Italian bands but finally in 2013 in the city of Palermo on the island of Sicily another band caught the Canterbury bug. HOMUNCULUS RES is another oddball prog band. Musically sounding like a mix of Caravan, Soft Machine along with a bit of avant-prog from fellow countrymen Yugen and their knotty, sinewy technicalities, HOMUNCULUS RES stuck to the Italian tradition of keeping lyrics in the mother tongue as well as adopting a few touches of the passionate operatic vocal style of the Italian greats.

LIMITI ALL'EGUALGLIANZA DELLA PARTE CON IT TUTTO ( Limits To The Equality Of The Part Of The Whole) is the band's debut album which was released in 2013 and immediately set the band apart from virtually every other Italian prog band that came before. With the playful pop-infused hooks of Caravan, HOMUNCULUS RES also displayed a firm command of those complex playful jazzy chord workouts found all throughout the Canterbury universe whether it be from the English stock a la Hatfield, Egg or Matching Mole to the foreign exports such as Supersister and fellow countrymen PIcchio dal Pozzo especially in the electronic deliveries however one can also hear traces of the experimental art pop antics of Stereolab especially with clever electronic atmospheres and the light and airy vocal harmonies that are slightly off kilter. The band at this point were the four D's: Dario D'Alessandro (guitar, vocals, keyboards,) Davide Di Giovanni (piano, organ, synth, vocals), Daniele Di Giovanni (drums, percussion, vocals) and Domenico Salamone (bass) but six collaborators and guests contributed flutes, wind controller, minimoog, memotron, organ, more guitars, more electronics and even a trumpet.

The beauty of LIMITI is that it changes things up fairy often offering both progressive pop tracks easily digestible in the vein of Caravan's "In The Land Of Grey And Pink" to nasty prog angularities that offer some bombast as in "Rifondazione Unghie." Add to that the more traditional melodic symphonic prog cuts like "La ballata dell'amore Stocastico" and the experimental electronica of "Sintagma" and chances are that you'll never be bored for a second on this one. With a firm foot in the Canterbury sounds of England, HOMUNCULUS RES manages to add enough spice in the form of space rock, electronic experimentation and traditional Italian prog sounds to keep their sound somewhat unique although the band never strays from the Canterbury oddball jazziness for too long with only brief intermissions of true avant-garde splendor. Overall this is a beauty of a debut that allowed this Palermo band to become a prog fave of many and has continued to release excellent albums up to the present day.

 Andiamo in Giro di Notte e ci Consumiamo nel Fuoco by HOMUNCULUS RES album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.93 | 77 ratings

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Andiamo in Giro di Notte e ci Consumiamo nel Fuoco
Homunculus Res Canterbury Scene

Review by Kaelka

5 stars Ciao tutti, the Sicilian boys are back in town and once again they make you an offer you can't refuse ! D'Alessandro, the Di Giovanni brothers and their mates are back to the roots, and this time it really sounds as if Palermo has been removed to Kent. As usual, the band chose an extended album title à la Caravan (this time an Italian translation of a famous medieval Latin palindrome verse 'In girum imus nocte ecce et consumimur igni'). Quirky pop songs that the late Pip Pyle wouldn't have denied, adorned with brilliant instrumental parts, odd meters, jazzy solos, and witty lyrics. In fact, from the very first notes of "Lucciole per Lanterne" to the last ones of "Non Dire No", you constantly feel as if the only thing required to make this a Hatfield album would be English lyrics instead of Italian ones. Superb musicianship all the way through too!

This is the second Canterbury pearl released this year, after the Zopp one, and for me the top album of 2020 so far. Bel gioco ragazzi!

 Andiamo in Giro di Notte e ci Consumiamo nel Fuoco by HOMUNCULUS RES album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.93 | 77 ratings

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Andiamo in Giro di Notte e ci Consumiamo nel Fuoco
Homunculus Res Canterbury Scene

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars My wife and I just sold our farm (happy/sad). We just returned from two days of cleaning out and driving to storage the family valuables (happy/sad). But then I opened up my computer after a couple days of absence to find that one of my favorite bands of the 21st Century had released its new album--on my mother's 85th birthday (happy/HAPPY). AUTO-BUY! I have to report that the band has (finally) returned to the (full) form of sophisticated Canterbury quirk of their 2011 debut> I am SO HAPPY to be listening to this beautiful yet happy music-especially in these COVID times. Thank you, Dario & company! And thank you for releasing your album on my mother's 85 birthday! It will always make this album feel so special--like it was just for me.

Full, more detailed review in the days to come (as I will, no doubt, be listening to this album non-stop throughout the weekend). The PERFECT SUMMER ALBUM! If you want happy, melodic music to play on your days by the water, I could not think of a better one than this.

1. "Lucciole per Lanterne" (4.54) Canterbury and Homunculus Res perfection! (10/10) 2. "Il Carrozzone" (3:42) Two in a row! Different lead vocalist. (10/10) 3. "Buco Nero" (6:44) odd tempoed rhythm jazz guitar chord play opens this song before singer joins in. Nice vocal melody (in the best of HR tradition). Fun when Steely Dan-like quirky synth joins in during second verse to noodle alongside the vocalist. Cool, intricate weave that is brought together perfectly by the vocal. Electric guitar solo in the instrumental sections sounds so much like Jeff "Skunk" Baxter-era of Steely Dan! Slow down section in final third sounds so much like classic STEREOLAB (even with the banjo). (8.75/10) 4. "Supermercato" (6:21) after a rather banal opening lyrical half, the music goes chamber instrumental with full complement of strings. Very interesting for HR! (8.75/10) 5. "La Spia" (4:36) (8.75/10) 6. "La Salamandra" (6:25) (9/10) 7. "In Girum" (3:37) sounds more like The Winstons' debut album (and, therefore, Matching Mole/Robert Wyatt). (8.5/10) 8. "La Luccicanza" (4:27) (8.75/10) 9. "Tetraktys" (3:33) (8.75/10) 10. "Non Dire No" (3:45) opens as if a teacher/parent singing to (or for) children. When flute supplants vocal it becomes more rich and though still community feeling. Cool, different song. (9.25/10)

The album starts out on a real high with the first two fast-paced joy-fests, but then then tempos settle into the middle inviting the listener to tune in more carefully to hear the clever and quirky nuances that the band throws in.

A-/five stars; a minor masterpiece of progressive rock music and such a refreshing addition to my (so far) rather weak 2020 collection.

P.S. How could ANYONE call this music anything but Canterbury???!!!! This is NOT a RPI band!

 Della Stessa Sostanza Dei Sogni by HOMUNCULUS RES album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.80 | 105 ratings

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Della Stessa Sostanza Dei Sogni
Homunculus Res Canterbury Scene

Review by felonafan

5 stars "Della Stessa Sostenza Dei Sogni" ("About the same essence of dreams") is the third studio full-length album of the band from sunny Palermo, playing music deeply rooted in stylistics and "in spirit" in Canterbury scene. If Hatfield and the North and other similar groups were created by the Italians and sang in Italian, then perhaps they would sound like Homunculus Res. Also it is worth mentioning the group with whom people compared, compare and probably will compare Sicilians - Picchio dal Pozzo. This Italian ensemble released two studio albums in the second half of the 70s / at the turn of the 80's (and again at the beginning of zero), apparently inspired by the "classic" Canterbury bands, but sounded more jazzy, a little slower and much more "more seriously" than the heroes of this review. The leader of Homunculus Res - singing composer and multi-instrumentalist Dario d'Alessandro - was able to attract a large number of musicians to the studio work. These include not only the regular members of the group - all of them, together with the leader, five - but also approximately 15 guests, performing vocal parts and playing various instruments, from guitars and keys to numerous wind instruments. There is also a "guest composer". He is the leader of the group Brezhnev Fun Club Rocco Lomonaco, dragged (in varying degrees) in creation of two works on the album. Homunculus Res, like the legendary representatives of the Canterbury scene, embody the compositional ideas built on jazz harmonies and complex/changing measures in very short songs with almost pop tunes. All tracks last less than 5 minutes, and the musicians managed to "lay" 12 such tracks in the "format" lasting about 42 minutes. Among them, it is difficult to mark the highlights (for me at the moment it is "Bianco Supreme"), but everything in general leaves a pleasant impression by its 'laconicism' and relaxedness. Comparisons of some critics and listeners with Henry Cow and Magma are not clear to me: the creativity of Homunculus Res is absolutely not gloomy or "stressful". Complicatedness does not "stick out on the surface". At the same time, a rich and varied sound, coupled with frequent changes in musical events, can strongly entice lovers of the "complex prog". "Della Stessa Sostenza Dei Sogni" is one of the best releases of the AltrOck Productions label for the last few years.

p.s. Many times I re-listened to this album and came to the conclusion that it is (almost) essential opus.

 Della Stessa Sostanza Dei Sogni by HOMUNCULUS RES album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.80 | 105 ratings

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Della Stessa Sostanza Dei Sogni
Homunculus Res Canterbury Scene

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars The third full-length album release from these creative artists from Palermo reveal a band that continues to grow and experiment though their sound and style while remaining as refreshingly quirky, humorous, and Canterburian as ever. The songs are far more complex, far more avant on some layers, while, gratefully, maintaining the light, even humorous approach to rendering music. I even feel somewhere in my gut that there has been a slight return to the loose, enjoyable spirit that was so prominent and prevalent throughout their 2013 debut, Limiti all'eguaglianza della parte con il tutto, (one of my top five favorite albums of all-time).

1. "La Cabala" (4:00) smooth with typically catchy HR melodies (9.5/10)

2. "Faccio una pazzia" (2:49) more odd, humorous, and avant than before. Quirky vocals similar to those explored by AltrOck stable mates HUMBLE GRUMBLE on their early release, Flanders Fields. I love the thick fretless bass contrasted by the sharp, staccato, odd-tempo hits of the horns and rhythm section. Funky sax solo by Dave Newhouse at the end. (8.5/10)

3. "Bianco supremo" (03:32) a pretty, bucolic song with melodies and sound renderings that harken back to the idyllic summer musics of the late 1960s. How many instruments can one clearly weave into one song? (9/10)

4. "Non sogno più" (02:44) This one has the feel of a late-1960s Latin jazz pop song. Fun, engaging, danceable, and gorgeous. (9/10)

5. "Mentre dormi" (04:16) opens like a Ben Watt/Tracey Thorn song before becoming all HR. Great shift at 0:45. I love the woodwinds and mandolin in the mid-section. Another great shift just before the three-minute mark leads into the electric guitar solo in an awesome reed-based outro. A top three song for me. (9.5/10)

6. "Rimedi ancestrali" (03:39) an odd-tempoed piano-based song with aged electro-pop sounds (the return of the Casio VL-TONE Vl-1?!!) performing some of the song's base fabric. I love Dario D'Alessandro's vocals on this one. Another top three song. (9.5/10)

7. "Se la mente mentisse" (04:16) a fun pop song with lead vocals from Alessandra Oria Bollino. The second part, instrumental/post vocal, sounds so much like a 70s Canterbury song. Then we return to the poppy vocal section while Alessandra scats the main melody with "la-la-las" in place of the words. Great flute work here from Dario La Cicero. Just pure fun?makes me so proud to be a human being (despite our inanities)! I cannot decide between this song and the album opener for my third top three song. (9.5/10)

8. "Il nome di Dio" (02:34) a quirky jazzy song with odd multi-voiced vocals over the top (and below). Great jazz rhythms and horn work after the 1:00 mark. I like the multi-layered synth work in that solo in the second minute. The song bounces back and forth from quirk vocal to jazz section one more cycle while ending with a nice little Casiotone solo. (8.5/10)

9. "Denti cadenti" (04:41) presents a very different recording soundscape with tons of reverb on multiple tracks (not just the voices). Harpsichord and other older-sounding instruments. Even a Hammond and Mellotron to go with piano and other more-"classic/common" prog instruments. (9/10)

10. "Dopamine" (03:49) another song that uses instruments and sounds sounding like they're straight out of the 1970s Canterbury Scene bands' repertoires. Great raunchy electric guitar work over the jazzy organ-led foundation. (9/10)

11. "Preludio e distrazioni" (02:09) is a slow, sentimental song with piano and multiple layers of woodwinds. Pretty first minute, shifts, then more gorgeous, ending with acoustic classical and electric guitar duet. (9/10)

12. "La casa dei sogni" (02:54) fun, horn-based, carnivalesque song with lead vocals by female singer, Sara Zerilli. Starts out slow but then picks up at 0:37 becoming more bouncy and upbeat. This could almost be a Stereolab song. (8.5/10)

Five stars; a masterpiece of progressive rock music in the Canterbury style. Not as amazing or ground-breaking as their debut, but I do like this one better than their sophomore release--which left me kind of flat.

 Come Si Diventa Ciò Che Si Era by HOMUNCULUS RES album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.85 | 57 ratings

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Come Si Diventa Ciò Che Si Era
Homunculus Res Canterbury Scene

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars When it comes to influences of UK groups on Italian prog, it tends to be the symphonic bands we think of - consider Genesis and Van der Graaf Generator's inspirational early 1970s tours of Italy, for instance, or ELP using their Manticore label to give some of the big-league Italians more exposure in the English-speaking world.

However, Italy has also always had its fair share of purveyors of the jazzier side of prog too, and even occasionally puts out a group that has mastered the particular style of jazz-prog associated with the Canterbury scene. Picchio dal Pozzo did it in the 1970s, and now in the 2010s we have the magnificent Homunculus Res, who this time around even give guest spots to members of groups like Picchio and US Canterbury masters The Muffins for good measure, delivering an album which wouldn't look too shabby next to better works by influences such as National Health or Matching Mole.

 Come Si Diventa Ciò Che Si Era by HOMUNCULUS RES album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.85 | 57 ratings

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Come Si Diventa Ciò Che Si Era
Homunculus Res Canterbury Scene

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams

4 stars A tremendous emotion given to me.

Listened to HOMUNCULUS RES' stuff for the first time, and enjoyed much. They have attractive variation of progressive rock essence fusioned with Canterbury / Jazz Rock, and in addition, seasoned with Italian easygoing temperature and a tad sensitive racial character ... such a musical appearance can sometimes sound ironic, and sometimes purely childish. Yes looks like they play completely what they want to do upon this album turf, and it's simple and natural for them and also the audience.

Wondering where would they like to go via this album "Come Si Diventa Ciò Che Si Era". No nervous touch nor strong persistence but somewhat their great enthusiasm to create "such a music pleasure" can be heard ... "Vesica Piscis", as if the title (in English "Independent Noises"?) musically designed, tells us what they would produce with noisy rock sound elements. They might convert noises via instruments into a cup of dramatic, sensational sound stew. They notify us this work be not difficult when the production might be done with much delight and sincerity.

And it's magical and attractive that we can receive such a complex melody line based upon multi-rhythmic origin as a natural music phenomenon. Via such an amazing fact, we can find this should be one of their emotional strategies. Even through a short track like "La Felicità" or "Egg Soup" their safe and sound presence of musical condition (but slightly distorted fantastically) can be heard. Some slimy stuffs remind us of jazzy Krautrock like Electrip (Xhol Caravan). On the other hand, the longest one "Ospedale Civico" (Civic Hospital) can be felt as a Soft Machine-ary crooked, mobbed sound treasure seasoned with Italian words and tempos peculiar to RPI. Let me say their soundscape is such a lunatic (in a fine sense) (why can a civic hospital sound psychic, btw?).

No complicated or tortuous opinion needed. Taking a listen to this album above all, let me say, and we can feel as though our musical field of vision should expand forward in addition to Rock Progressivo Italiano or Canterbury Scene without any doubt. An amazing stuff really.

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Come Si Diventa Ciò Che Si Era
Homunculus Res Canterbury Scene

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 4.5 stars. I'm a huge fan of this band having given 4.5 stars for their debut as well. This is very much Italian Canterbury with plenty of humour and distorted keyboards. This time they include an almost 18 minute epic and we get a special guest in THE MUFFINS Dave Newhouse offering up a variety of saxes as well as bass clarinet all on two tracks. Udi Koomran mastered this recording so it sounds amazing.

"Operazione Simpatia" is the bright and upbeat opener with the drums and keys standing out although we also get English horn and aboe chipping in as well. I love the distorted keyboards ala CARAVAN after a minute. "Doppiofondo Del Burile" features vocals for the first time on this disc and there's such a feel-good sound to the opening instrumental. After the vocals stop we get another excellent instrumental section. Love this stuff. Distorted keys before 2 1/2 minutes. "Vesica Piscis" has an upbeat start as the vocals join in. This is catchy and warm. Some laughter follows and we get lots of intricate sounds when the vocals stop. It's all so interesting. A change 3 1/2 minutes in as we get more of a determined rhythm with background synths and more. Sax 5 minutes in as the driving rhythm continues almost to the end of the song. "Dogface Reprise" has these vocal melodies that bring Wyatt to mind before the vocals kick in before a minute. "Opodeldoc" has a relaxed sound of keys, drums and sax but it does get fuller before another calm arrives before 2 minutes. It's building again and I adore the distorted keys before 4 minutes. "La Felicita" is light and whimsical with vocals, glockenspiel, mellotron and synths.

"Ottaedro" opens with fuzzed out keys and bass. Man this sounds amazing! A calm after 2 minutes with bass and floating organ. "Egg Soup" is less than a minute long and man I'm reminded of WIGWAM here with the piano and other sounds. "Belacqua" and the next track feature Dave Newhouse on horns. This one is laid back to start but it picks up quickly. It's the keys/ drums show 1 1/2 minutes in before it turns pastoral late to end it. "Ospedale Civico" is the epic and it's catchy early on with vocals. Love the Wyatt-like vocals 1 1/2 minutes in. Newhouse offers up a variety of saxes as well as bass clarinet. An experimental calm 7 minutes in but then it turns fuller before 8 minutes as the tempo and mood continue to shift. "Dogface" is a breezy tune with vocals, bass and synths standing out. It becomes more passionate late. "S Invertita" is less than a minute of synths, bass and keys mostly. "Paum/" is interesting when the vocal melodies arrive because they remind me of the Gilmore Girls. "Schermaglie" ends the album and it's led by alto sax and drums.

Another winner for these Italians and I think this one is slightly better than the debut. Talk about a feel good listen. For Canterbury fans.

Thanks to todd for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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