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Topic: YleclipsePosted By: toroddfuglesteg
Date Posted: January 23 2011 at 03:42
Yleclipse, from Cagliari, Italy, formed in 1998 under the moniker Eclisse. After the debut album, the band name was changed to Yleclipse.
The band describes their musical philosophy on their website: "The founder-members share the same love and interest for a particular musical field of research: progressive rock. The aim we've been trying to achieve since the earliest rehearsals and the first recording session, was to combine the peculiar progressive and experimental 'eclecticism' with the elegance and the immediacy of the pop song. Our main influences are: medieval music, classic rock, not to forget traditional Celtic music (Irish and Scottish folk in particular). We have always been interested in musical research and our constant perspective is to try, in musical terms, to broaden our horizons, keeping excited on a variety of styles, and doing constant attempts to find 'our special way.' That is why . . . the wide range of styles covered by the band, goes from ragtime to ambient pieces and evocative 'slow-air like' tunes, arranged with a typical nineties 'unplugged' taste." Their music is indeed a pleasant eclectic version of neo-prog.
I got in touch with the band and Alessio answered my questions.
The Yleclipse biography has been covered good enough in your
profile page at ProgArchives so let's bypass these formalities. How
was the music scene in your area when you started and why did you
choose to play the type of music you play ?
wouldn’t exactly call it a “music scene”.
far as I can recall there were many cover bands, even a couple into
classic rock, but no new projects or acts at all.
progressive rock was confined to the cobwebs-covered
shelves of middle aged people until some kind of revival mania blew
up in the late nineties.
the area where we come from there’s a
strong jazz, blues and folk tradition but, strangely enough no prog
scene at all, along with, needless to say, an extremely poor live
have a bit changed with time going by, this
style of music gained interest and a prog-festival is organized on
yearly basis, in an effort to combine the obvious interest for the
“old school” with the new acts and projects.
a personal perspective, things are rather different, having never
been interested in the contemporary charts
music and related stuff.
a matter of fact, I grew up listening to, among countless others, the
Floyd, Genesis, Marillion, ELP, J. Tull, King Crimson, Camel as well
as to the Stones, Lou Reed, Led Zeppelin, and all the classic rock
acts you can imagine and list…
remember in the late nineties being particularly fed up with anything
related to cover bands and tributes, since
for years I played myself in this type of context and acts.
felt that devoting time and resources to play someone’s else music
was too frustrating as I wanted to express my creative potential and
write the music I couldn’t listen to simply turning on the radio,
therefore I started writing some long and variegated track in a
progressive style, probably the only
“genre” which allows you to combine a long rock composition with
strong and poignant lyrics.
to your albums. Your debut album was Mercury and Sulfurus from 2000.
Please tell us more about this album.
and Sulfurus” was the first chapter of a trilogy inspired to
alchemy (another subject which still interests me a lot).
a long work, the which 12 tracks have been
recorded over a long time-span (5 years), with several musicians from
various bands with whom I used to play in the past, although some
songs feature a member of the current line-up.
a debut-cd, a private pressing, which I think reflects very well that
period in which we were looking for a precise musical direction.
offers a wide range of compositions, from delicate acoustic pieces
such as “La porta nera”, to more aggressive pieces like the
hope it will be remastered and reprinted
in the future, as there are some interesting pieces.
Your second album was Prime Substance from 2003. Please tell us
more about this album.
substance” deals with the quest for the primeval matter, a
well-known concept in western philosophy.
to say, it refers to the allegory of a peculiar phase of the chemical
process, and those who are acquainted with such topics won’t be
been often been considered a hybrid work,
being four tracks sung in Italian and the other half in English.
observed that some tracks were too “pop”
or melodic-italian flavoured to be released on a progressive rock
me, such observations are somewhat
ridiculous, given the overall length of the songs way too “magnified”
to any commercial purpose.
addition, it’s our first release with Mellow Records, a well known
and established italian progressive label run by Mauro Moroni, the
which competence in the field is indeed beyond any estimation.
a technical note, I would like to add that
songs were recorded in a studio in Cagliari, Italy, our home-town,
and mastered and printed in Austria, in a worldwide famous plant.
Your third album was Opus from 2005. Please tell us more about
band and I consider “Opus” a mature and contrived work.
our most acclaimed release, I’ve got to admit that it’s well
recorded and rather impressive in terms of dynamics, and it flows
recording and in general the production process were particularly
exhausting, since it took almost a year to make it.
is also the last chapter of the chemical trilogy, and although we
didn’t exactly manage to transmute base metals into gold (!!!) at
least we passed from a phase of musical deindividuation to
individuation, as a result of the formation of a distinct musical
lyrics of the title-track are precisely about the necessity to
embrace the change with its unavoidable odds, and the ones of
“Glorious”, through a maritime allegory, are about the necessity
of courage and ethics in order to move forward in our lives.
if you listened to the record, you’d have probably noticed that the
eight tracks are sung in English.
a matter of fact, Mellow Records and I decided that the result in
English sounded more natural compared to the material sung in
never opposed such a decision since I like
very much this language, not only when applied to music contexts.
fourth and most recent album is Trails Of Ambergris from 2008. Please
tell us more about this album.
2005-2007 many changes occurred in the
Diomedi (drummer and founder member) left and was replaced by
Federico Bacco. Andrea Picciau, the keyboard player moved to Rome
then to Milano, where he currently lives and works, and I also had
some extra difficulties including having to overcome some
health problems which affected me for long months.
Iddas, the bass player, back at that time
seriously considered the idea of leaving the band for personal
we decided to get well organized enough to meet on monthly basis and
to keep on writing new tracks, despite all sort of problems.
a result of this particular period, the tracks of “Trails” sprung
up easily, having decided to talk about a very different topic
compared to the ones dealt in the past.
album is a concept about a peculiar chapter
of our history, namely the failed attempt of invasion of the Kingdom
of Sardinia by the French republican navy in 1792-93, a very obscure
period which I wanted to shed some light on, being in charge of
writing the lyrics, along with the guitar.
addition, the recording of this album with analog technology adds
extra value to this release, as we decided to play as simple and
direct as possible, in order to capture a sort of “live” and warm
vibe we haven’t had the chance to express on real stages so far
(our live activity counts no more than twelve gigs in more than 10
What have you been doing since 2008 ?
from an incredibly rare (given our standards) live exhibition in a
festival, not much happened apart from
writing some new tracks for a future release.
We also participated, in 2007 and 2009, on two tribute albums. First to the Moody Blues, the latter to
Marillion "Recital for a season's end - Mellow Records - trible cd box set",
where we covered the classic anthem "Market Square Heroes".
How is the creative processes in your band from coming up with
an idea to submitting it onto an album ?
most conventional way. When there’s some
new idea Andrea P. and I, meet and try to develop it. Subsequently,
we share the new stuff with the other members and work on some
bands need to rehearse for several days before getting into the
studio, as far as we are concerned we know each other quite enough to
compose and arrange, having in mind the
exact personal touch which each one of us will provide and add to the
music has been labelled Neo-Prog. But how would you describe you
music and which bands would you compare yourself with ? Do you regard
your band as a member of the Rock Progressivo Italiano scene ?
be honest we aren’t particularly fond of labels.
brought a lot of troubles to “niche” styles such as progressive
rock, and are always reductive. I don’t
think that bands inspired by the New Wave of British progressive rock
music, are too commercial, or less challenging compared to more
pseudo-intellectual declinations neither.
far as the second part of your question is concerned…
things aren’t that easy either.
are very much into Genesis and Hackett solo, Marillion and IQ, these
are the bands whose enormous amount of excellent work, throughout out
the past decades, has inspired and still inspire us.
I don’t think there’s a “rock progressivo italiano”
sub-cathegory or scene, as many progsters
would presume to define.
are certainly some strong bands which inspire themselves to the great
masters of italian prog such as PFM, Banco and the like, but I’m
not quite sure they really represent the whole contemporary italian
scene, as many prog reviewers and ‘70ies nostalgics from all over
the world would like to believe.
if an Italian band in 2011, should by default reproduce the
atmosphere and act of the great italian bands of the seventies,
possibly singing –exclusively- in Italian as a clear sign of
stuff nowadays could seems a bit
retrogressive, don’t you find?
than likely, there will be soon works sung in Chinese, and I guess
that would be a breakthrough, to cohere with the actual state of
How is the gigs situation for your band and in your area ?
I said previously, notwithstanding our will, we haven’t become a
live band, since we have played a very few
gigs and even fewer in the proper contexts, therefore we cannot
provide the information you requested, in this respect.
far as I can see as an observer and listener, there are many tribute
and cover bands which contend themselves a very few venues.
heard and read that some festivals in the past years have closed
down, which is definitely not a good sign since festivals are the
most important staging point for a project that wishes to become a
What is your plans for this year and beyond ?
more than writing new material. We are looking at a chance to produce
some kind of video in a particular location, in
order to provide our music a visual representation, but as of today
this is only a sort of “item” to add to a wish-list. In
addition, we would like to play at some special event abroad, but we
suspect this will hardly happen. However, we’re open to possible
wrap up this interview, is there anything you want to add to this
Yleclipse (Alessio Guerriero, Andrea Picciau, Federico Bacco, Andrea
Iddas) would like to thank everyone at Progarchives for the
continuous support as well as for the interest in our music, and,
still being in January, we would also like to wish you all a Creative
and Blissful 2011.
Thank you to Alessio for this interview
Their PA profile is http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=441" rel="nofollow - and their homepage's http://www.yleclipse.com/" rel="nofollow -
Replies: Posted By: Andrea Cortese
Date Posted: January 27 2011 at 16:05
Thanks for the detailed interview, Torodd. This is a band I'd like to explore and never had the chance to. Their music is very interesting...