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VOICES BEYOND MY CURTAIN

Tale Cue

 

Neo-Prog

3.40 | 54 ratings

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apps79
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3 stars Another piece of the early-90's Italian Neo/Symph puzzle, this Tale Cue band was formed in Milan in 1987 by female singer Laura Basla, guitarist Silvio Masanotti and keyboardist Giovanni Porpora with a starting repertoire exclusively containing covers.Shortly after they were joined by new members Davide Vecchione on bass and Filippo Oggioni on drums and recorded the demo tape ''Four tales''.The next step was to compose four more sings for promotional use and Musea Records was the label , which decided to pick up the band.The four promtional songs along with two new compositions ended up on Tale Cue's debut ''Voices beyond my curtain'', recorded in 1990 and released in 1991.

Tale Cue was quite an ambitious group as proposed by the six longs tracks of their debut, none of which clocks under the 7-min. mark, stylistically being close to compatriots MOONGARDEN, THEATRE, GALLANT FARM or ERIS PLUVIA, maybe with a more retro-drenched sound than most of the aforementioned groups.They were heavily influenced by legends such as GENESIS, YES, MARILLION and E.L.P., while the bombastic keyboard parts are reminiscent of compatriots NUOVA ERA.Nice, intellectual and highly sophisticated Neo/Symphonic Prog with a constant dramatic enviroment, delivered in extended pieces with multiple movements, where the lyrical moments are closer to the fundamentals of Neo Prog with MARILLION and ASGARD vibes, but the instrumental themes are definitely following the complex Symphonic Rock variety, led by impressive keyboard textures and beautiful guitar parts, while there are also plenty of acoustic interludes thrown in for good measure.Not all tracks stand on the same level and even some of them are a bit incosistent regarding the arrangements, but the album is created with passion and love for complicated Progressive Rock with old-school references.The atmosphere is always either melancholic or theatrical with great soaring guitar solos and grandiose synth offerings, supported by a solid rhythm section and Basla's non-accented English singing lines.

In 1992 Filippo Oggioni left Tale Cue and he was replaced by the original drummer of Theatre Alessio Cobau, but the band was put on ice after bassist Davide Vecchione left to fullfill his military obligations and never recovered its full activity.

''Voices beyond my curtain'' is a nice examle of atmospheric and even dark Neo/Symphonic Prog with references to the 70's and series of well-crafted arrangements full of surprises and haunting melodies.Warmly recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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