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OTEME

RIO/Avant-Prog • Italy


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One of the many projects of Stefano Giannotti (Nichelodeon, Vaga Orchestra, Ensemble Il Teatro Del Faro), it means Osservatorio delle TErre EMErse(Emerged Lands Observatory). The band is formed in 2010 when the first and currently only album is released. The band mentions Art Zoyd, King Crimson, Igor Stravinskij and David Sylvian as well as some Italian singer songwriters like Lucio Battisti and Fabrizio De Andre' as influencers. The band defines itself as a chamber rock/RIO ensemble. Giannotti is the author of all the tracks.

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4.49 | 5 ratings
Il Giardino Disincantato
2013
4.04 | 4 ratings
L'Agguato, l'Abbandono, il Mutamento
2015

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 L'Agguato, l'Abbandono, il Mutamento by OTEME album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.04 | 4 ratings

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L'Agguato, l'Abbandono, il Mutamento
Oteme RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

4 stars Two years after the debut, after Giannotti has worked with NICHELODEON on "UKIYOE - MONDI FLUTTUANTI", the OTEME are back with their chamber rock orchestra. Like the debut album, there's a certain connection with King Crimson, but this time the melodic aspect is even more important since the opening track.

The album contains 7 very short songs, two longer that scores about 5-6 minutes and what in the vynil days would have been called a side-long track, scoring over 25 minutes.

The tracks are separate, not fading one into the other, but the album presents a good continuity and can be enjoyed in one shot. The vocal harmonies built by Stefano GIANNOTTI and Emanuela LARI are a bit more present than in the debut album. Together with the chamber orchestra arrangements they constitute the trademark of this band. "Camminavo", the track #3 is the perfect example. Listen to it and you'll know what I mean.

"Bianco Richiamo" is another highlight; the melody is strong with the lazy percussion in the background leading this instrumental to an unexpected follow-up as the "first" title track "L'Agguato" is. This is more challenging, I think it would be perfect for a contemporary ballet. The trilogy proceeds with "L'Abbandono". Once again, listening to this band I think to DEBUSSY. Not an easy listening also this, but the Arabesque progression has something magic. The last part of the trilogy: "Il mutamento" digs in the realm of concrete music. Nothing to envy to ART ZOYD, initially, but it's incredible as a bossa-nova interlude changes the mood leading to the return of the vocals after three instrumentals. Again the harmony produced by the two vocalists on "Dopo La Pioggia" is remarkable.

Now the suite: more than a suite is a very long song. Extremely good with consistent melodies and instrumental interludes flowing seamlessly with few exceptions but very well balanced. I must mention the high pitched voice of Emanuela LARI who in this song has also the possibility of singing out of the background. Honestly I don't know how to define this music without writing trivialities. I can mainly say that once you open the door of this magnetic song, you can't exit before it's finished...well, this is what epics are for isn't it?

A less than two minutes long coda remided me to "TERRE II", the last album of the French saxophonist JULIAN JULIEN. I would have placed this nice piece of music in a different place of the playlist, as after the epic it may seem a filler but it's not.

I like the debut a lot, but this second album is even better. Wear a good headphone and relax.

 Il Giardino Disincantato by OTEME album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.49 | 5 ratings

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Il Giardino Disincantato
Oteme RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

4 stars When a couple of weeks ago Claudio Milano has gifted me of the second album of OTEME I promised a review, but when I went to the band's page on PA, I have realized to have not written one about the debut. I was sure to have done it before.

So now I'm here relistening to an album that really impressed me when the ZART team evaluated the band for inclusion. First of all, I want to mention the lyrics. Non-Italian listeners will unlikely have the possibility to hear how deep and poetic they are, but in any case the beauty of this album is in the melodies, the armonies and the arrangements.

It goes from Crimsonian atmospheres, passing by a possible influence of BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO, to reach soundscapes and chords reminding even to Claude DEBUSSY.

The kind of instruments used: harp, strings, oboe, clarinet, give some songs a chamber-rock mood but never too challenging. The influence of bands like ART ZOYD that the band itself consider as a source of inspiration can be found in the orchestration, but there's a lot of melody in all the tracks and it's not as dark.

It's a dreamy soundscape whose melodic integrity survives even in the most unusual chord passages. An example over all is "Dite A Mia Moglie", with a bossa-nova base of classical guitar reminding to the Tropicalia movement of Tom ZE' as base for Frippistic passages. Who has enjoyed the Itaian band AKT, will likely find similarities.

This album has no flaws and no fillers. The alternance between percussive and relaxed moments is well balanced and also the voice of Giannotti is well inserted in the mix so that it can considered an instrument itself.

A note apart for the title track: it's the peak of an excellent album. The instrumental part lead by the clarinet in a jazzy crescendo fading into a harp solo is amazing. People not familiar with Avant music can find in this album a good starting point.

 Il Giardino Disincantato by OTEME album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.49 | 5 ratings

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Il Giardino Disincantato
Oteme RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars Italian project OTEME (an abbreviation of Osservatorio Delle Terre Emerse) was formed in 2010 by noted composer and musician Stefano Giannotti, a veteran in the field of experimental music with a career that stretches back to the 80's. "Il Giardino Disincantato" is the first production by this venture, and was released on the Edd Strapontins label in 2013.

Oteme's debut album "Il Giardino Disincantato" is a production where words like beautiful and elegant beg to be used multiple times, and a recording hard to describe without using words like experimental and contemporary as well. Using elements from classical music, jazz, rock as well as details harder to place inside any of the big genre umbrellas, this is a production that should be sought out by those who tend to enjoy music that exists outside of the common norms, especially those who enjoy productions of that kind that manage to maintain a highly accessible nature and manage to combine that with a challenging approach and execution.

Thanks to octopus-4 for the artist addition.

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