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Franco Leprino


Progressive Electronic

4.16 | 55 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This was Franco Leprino's only release back in 1977. A forgotten gem out of Italy with two side long suites made up of synths, acoustic guitar and tape loops for the most part.

Part 1 starts off with faint spacey sounds that build as acoustic guitar joins in around 2 minutes with the spacey sounds slowly pulsing. They stop as the guitar leads then the synths join in after 4 1/2 minutes. These pulsating spacey waves are back after 6 minutes and I can't but help think of "The Sky Moves Sideways". Beautiful stuff and of course much earlier than PORCUPINE TREE's example. It changes after 10 minutes as samples of different sounds come in including a crying baby as the piano gently plays. It turns electronic before 12 minutes as sounds twitter and it's fuller a minute later. Piano only after 14 minutes then flute a minute after that joins in. A change again 17 minutes in as strummed guitar and atmosphere eventually take over.

"Part 2" has a lot more changes throughout it but I do prefer Part 1. A synth pattern to start then acoustic guitar takes over. It changes 2 1/2 minutes in with solemn synths and what sounds like organ. Another change before 5 1/2 minutes as gentle guitar and synths take over. I like it. A change a minute later and it sounds like a crowd roaring and a baby crying as they join the electronics. A calm 8 1/2 minutes in as pleasant and spacey sounds take over. Nice. A symphonic flavour comes in after 12 minutes with flute and acoustic guitar. It changes 14 minutes in to more of an electronic sound then the acoustic guitar joins in followed by spacey synths that sweep across the soundscape. A calm 17 1/2 minutes in. It's dark 19 minutes in then acoustic guitar comes out of it and it all starts to brighten.

For me this is a 4 star album that I can highly recommended.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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