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Alma Sideris



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3 stars Nice Italian prog!

Once again I took advantage of the internet facilities, which is actually a wonderful tool for bands and artists to bring their music to the ears of people around the world, so when I realized this album was free-to-download via Jammendo, I did not hesitate. This project by Gustavo Pasini was started in 2009, and the first full-length album released in 2010, with the title of "Castelli in Aria", which features nine songs and a total time of forty minutes.

The album kicks off with "Lasciate Portare Via" which has a mellow but sour music produced by delicate piano and flute, that contrasts with a heavier guitar and a strong voice. Anyway the music can please the listener. Later with "Anime Tremano" the band changes the musical direction, actually it is a full change because it has nothing to do with the previous track, so we can appreciate the diversity of their music, and this is only the beginning. Here I like a lot the saxophone addition because it produces a different flavor to the music.

In the third track called "Il ricordo di un cielo d'estate" a different singer appears with a soft voice that sounds pretty nice. The music again is mellow and delicate, but well, it took me some listens to really appreciate it. "Dubbi Eterni" features female vocals, this Alma Sideris project features actually five different singers, which can be a pro or a con, pro because it gives a diversity and explores several fields, con because it does not give the band's music an own sound. Here the sax appears again, which is a good element. There is also a kind of electronic sound here, which in my opinion does not really help.

In "Ossesione Notturna" that electronic element prevails and gives a darker atmosphere. Here an opera-like voice appears, again, showing the diversity of the band, but making an "all of a sudden change" from song to song which may surprise the listener, you decide if it is a good or bad surprise, let it to the subjectivity.

"Il tempo per pensare" is a cool song with nice bass lines and constant drums. Again, a female but different voice here appears with a great vocal range. "Castelli in Aria" is a beautiful composition with a pastoral feeling, I love the flute introduction and then the soft and peaceful male voice, singing along with a delicate guitar. A minute later the song changes and produces more power, this was an extraordinary and emotional change, I like it. I think this may be my fav track of the album.

"To Janny" is the shortest track, a nice instrumental piece made by keyboards, in moments it sounds beautiful. After this, now we have the longest song, entitled "Incontro" which follows the previous with that piano sound, but seconds later changes, drums appear and a different rhythm is produced. The music may be used for a drama or horror film in some moments because of the tension created, I like the different passages and the introduction of new elements while the minutes run.

This is a nice album, the project is interesting though I sometimes believe there was not a clear direction on the album, due to the different changes and surprises, but maybe that is their style, and it is good. My final grade will be three stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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