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Il Ruscello


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.63 | 25 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars What a cool story about these three Italians (who were living in living in London, England at the time) re-discovering the classic RPI music of the seventies. Inspiration was born. Thanks to Jim (Finnforest) for his review which inspired me to purchase this amazing album. This trio consists of a drummer / singer, lead guitarist / keyboardist and bass player, although they all are multi-instrumentalists.

"Il Cielo In Un Ruscello" is the almost 10 minute opener. Psychedelic-like guitar and spaced out vocals to open before the song kicks in. Vocals follow and the guitar sounds so good as the synth-like sounds wash in the background. A spacey calm 2 1/2 minutes in is blown away quickly by synths and bass. The guitar takes the synths place in this uptempo section. It settles around 5 minutes as reserved vocals join in. A change before 7 minutes as it turns spacey. It kicks back in before 8 1/2 minutes. "La Grande Citta" is divided into two parts. First up is "La Notte Di Una Citta" which opens with keyboards. Drums and a full sound before a minute. Vocals join in. Lots of energy here. "Il Risveglio Di Una Citta" is an amazing track. How good does this sound ! Keyboards, cymbals and bass to open before the guitar arrives. It settles 3 minutes in. Beautiful. The keyboards are like at the beginning of the song. Vocals after 3 1/2 minutes. My God ! This is so good.Guitar 5 minutes in.

"La Quiete" is a short pastoral tune with what sounds like flute and piano. Thought I heard a bird singing too. "Paesaggio Solare (Estate 1972)" opens with piano. Dual vocals a minute in singing different parts. The music builds. Guitar after 2 minutes as the tempo picks up. Themes are repeated at this point. Great sound 4 minutes in. It ends with piano just as it began. "Orizzonti" is the almost 12 minute closer. It kicks in quickly to an uptempo melody. It settles with synths after 1 1/2 minutes. Piano comes in as well as spacey synths. It then changes to a gorgeous soundscape. Vocals 2 1/2 minutes in followed by guitar. It turns spacey 4 minutes in with whispered psychedelic vocals then kicks back in before 5 minutes. Incredible ! Love the bass. It's spacey after 6 1/2 minutes with acoustic guitar. Vocals join in. It kicks back in with guitar before 8 minutes. Nice. Spacey synths end it.

I think it's great that they've kept this at around 40 minutes just like the old classics. The pictures in the liner notes are really meaningful as well. I'm so impressed with this album. Don't think twice, just get this Italian beauty.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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