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Another wonderful band on the ever-growing 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 Rock Progressivo Italiano.

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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3.96 | 13 ratings

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Homunculus Res Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

4 stars What a wonderful cover art! This new Italian band doesn't hesitate to go full steam at any musical ideas that keep blossoming just like the little mushrooms from the guy's head. Right from the start you get both Zappa's breath-taking angularity and Canterbury's jazzy charm as referring points. One example of the free- minded approach is the way 'Dj Psicosi' ties together disco and jazz grooves with a musical citation of Michael Jackson's 'Billy Jean'. There are as many as 18 tracks, under three minutes in average, but the listening experience is not much marred by that seemingly short-tempered nature any more than on the certain albums of Soft Machine or Hatfield and the North.

The playing is amazing, even virtuotic especially for the Moog. There's naturally the danger of self-indulgent showing off, but it's happily avoided. Probably the biggest reason for that is the fresh airiness in the keyboard oriented sound, where also the guitar usually stays pretty cool and jazzy. The first half of the album has more vocals that effortlessly get along with the music's wittiness, whereas the latter half is more instrumentally oriented, and there may be a slight unbalance in the track order. However the final song is nicely relaxed. For me this is one of my highligts in the prog year 2013.

(Recycled from a review for Colossus magazine.)

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Homunculus Res Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Utnapishtim

4 stars From Palermo with prog!!! Italy has been "hit" by musical British influences since ever, and answers are often of high quality. A curious case is the influences of Canterbury Scene, which has produced in Italy an isolate case in '70s. I refer to PICCHIO DAL POZZO, which is without doubt one of the band of reference of Homunculus Res. For example in "Preparazione Bomba H" you can note this. Personally the real difficult in the approach to Canterbury Sound is to coordinate the use of Italian language, but In opening song "Culturismo Ballo Organizzare" seems not to exist. There are clear RPI backgrounds, but for the most part the work is surely Cantrbuaryan. Maybe the 18 tracks choice (reported to the choice of many tracks) is another reference to the Canterbury Style, chosen by other bands like HATFIELD AND THE NORTH, THE SOFT MACHINE, GONG. Sometimes, listening to this album, you can feel a little bit confused, because analogies with Canterbury bands are so much. There are in a mixture of Hatfield And The North passages with RPI backgrounds, freak resonances and Paolo Botta's estro (SKE) that makes this album worth listening to. Personally I put it in my Canterbury Scene folder. Good interpretation of a style so complex. As debut album is valuable, with so much good ideas and talented musicians that will surely produce great work in future (I expect this).

Recommended to Canterbury Scene fans. 4 Stars.

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Homunculus Res Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

4 stars It's not every day that we see new bands bringing back the sound known as Canterbury. In my personal opinion, I don't think Canterbury should be considered a Prog Rock subgenre. It this should be seen as a scene instead. But I agree that this few bands have a similar kind of sound.

Homunculus Res is one of these bands. Coming from Palermo, Italy, this septet emulates the Canterbury sound as if they were in the 70's. Formed by Dario D'Alessandro (vocals, guitar, minimoog, glockenspiel and percussion), Davide Di Giovanni (keyboards, percussion, acoustic guitar and vocals), Daniele Di Giovanni (drums, percussion, acoustic guitar and vocals), Domenico Salamone (bass), Mauro Turdo (guitar), Federico Cardaci (Minimoog, organ) and Dario Lo Cicero (flutes), Homunculus Res released their first album in June 14 by the Italian label AltrOck. Homunculus Res Homunculus Res recorded an album with small tracks in a total of 18 and lots of humor.

They begin with the funny and weird 'Culturismo Ballo Organizzare', and in the next two tracks you can see that the band will have many marvelous and curious moments, especially if you understand a bit of Italian to laugh with their lyrics. 'ΔU' and 'Dj Psicosi' for example, are perfect examples of that.

Limiti All'Egualianza Delle Parte Con Il Tutto (2013) is a 50/50 album, the instrumental part has tracks spread through the album like 'Preparazione Bomba H' that brings the Canterbury sound very alive, 'Sintagma' that is weird and almost electronic, 'Rifondazione Unghie' that has a bit of Jethro Tull on it and 'Nabucco Chiappe D'Oro' that is an explicit Caravan influence. The other part of the instrumental tracks are 'Il Papa Buono' with a great drum work by Daniele Di Giovanni, 'Accidenti' that is just a really short intro kind of track with a very nice bass line by Domenico Salamore. And while 'Centoquarantaduemilaottocentocinquantasette' (which means 142.857) is a weird track with broken time signature, 'Profiterol' is a bit more melodic with guitars taking the lead. The next two tracks 'Estate 216 Solstz' and 'Puk 10' come to show how weird Homunculus Res can also be when it comes to choosing the names for their songs.

Now, talking about the tracks with vocals and lyrics, it's quite incredible how Dario D'Alessandro's compositions can emulate the classic 70's sound so well without falling into the copy field. 'Jessicalaura' and '[Che Ne Sai Tu Di Un] Cerchio Nel Grano' present us another unexpected mix of sounds that could figure in any great 70's record of the subgenre.

Going forward we'll find 'La Ballata Dell'Amore Stocastico' that, as the name suggests, it's a love ballad. Also, we have 'χΦ' that once again has a symbol as a track name and 'Il Contrario Di Tutto' that is the last track on Limiti All'Egualianza Delle Parte Con Il Tutto (2013), a solid song with a good melody and many vocals.

Throughout the album one thing that impresses is the big amount of vintage keyboards used in the recordings: minimoog, casiotone, memotron, piano, organ, microkorg, Wurlitzer, arp odyssey, farfisa and hohner. This shows how serious the band is about having their sound 'real'. Once again, the Italian label AltrOck delivers a high quality product with beautiful artwork in one of their albums.

Homunculus Res is a band that if you're not aware of them you'll swear that Limiti All'Egualianza Delle Parte Con Il Tutto (2013) was released in 70's and you're just discovering it now. This fact makes them perfect for you, fan of Canterbury.

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

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Homunculus Res Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by andrea
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4 stars Homunculus Res hail from Palermo and in 2013 released an interesting début album on the independent label Altr0ck/Fading Records with a line up featuring Dario D'Alessandro (guitar, vocals, minimoog, glockenspiel, percussion), Davide Di Giovanni (piano, organ, keyboards, drums, percussion, acoustic guitar, vocals), Daniele Di Giovanni (drums, percussion, acoustic guitar, vocals), Domenico Salamone (bass), Mauro Turdo (guitar), Federico Cardaci (minimoog, organ) and Dario Lo Cicero (flute) plus some guests and a special guest such as keyboardist Paolo Botta from Yugen, Not A Good Sign and Ske.

According to the band, their main sources of inspiration stem from artists linked to the Canterbury scene of the seventies such as Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt, Caravan and Hatfield and the North. Anyway, in their music and artistic approach you can find also the legacy of an Italian band from the seventies as Picchio dal Pozzo and echoes from contemporary bands as Yugen or Breznev Fun Club. Homunculus Res' style is bold and eclectic, they showcase a great musicianship and creativity but even in their most extravagant, challenging sonic experiments they never lose the sense of melody with brilliant results.

"Limiti all'eguaglianza della parte con il tutto" (the title could be loosely translated as "Limits to the equality between the part and the whole") features eighteen tracks very different in mood and length but that flow away as if in a long suite where you can find everything and its contrary. The lyrics swing from the funny nonsense of the opener "Culturismo Ballo Organizzare" to the poignant sarcasm of "(Che ne sai tu di un) cerchio nel grano" where they jokingly quote "bunga bunga", Lucio Battisti and Fabrizio De André.

In "Jessicalaura" the band mix Pink Floyd and Gianni Morandi in a funny, original way while the instrumental "Rifondazione unghie" recalls seventies atmospheres and an Italian band called Calibro 35. You can find a parody of a psychotic D.J. fan of Michael Jackson ("Dj Psicosi") and an ironic love song as "La ballata dell'amore stocastico". There's also a short quote from the "Happy Accidents" by Rascal Reporters ("Accidenti"), some echoes of bossa nova ("Estate 216 solstz") and many more interesting ideas.

By the way, the main composer of the band, Dario D'Alessandro, is also a painter and maybe his paintings and drawings that you can find in the booklet could describe the music better than my words. Have a try!

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Homunculus Res Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Todd
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano!

4 stars Amazing modern RPI/Canterbury

Another wonderful band on the ever-growing 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. There are some trippy GONG-like passages as well. 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 Rock Progressivo Italiano.

This is one of the more interesting and better entries into a very crowded field of recent Rock Progressivo Italiano albums. The melodies are infectious, and the songwriting always interesting. There are several musical quotations that briefly appear (my favorite is the Michael Jackson "Billie Jean" riff that shows up in "DJ Psicosi"). The musicianship is stellar, as well, though always restrained and tasteful. And how can you not love an album with a song entitled "Preparation H Bomb"?

Don't let this album go unheard! There are several songs on YouTube and some abbreviated clips on Allmusic. (Also, catch the excellent progmistress review!) This is one that you'll enjoy for a long long time. Four stars (Gnosis 12/15)

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