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Maurizio Di Tollo


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.01 | 40 ratings

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4 stars Refined and atmospheric

Maurizio Di Tollo is a multi-instrumentalist known for his wide array of work with people like Fabio Zuffanti and others. His debut solo release "L'Uomo Trasparente" is a lovely and sophisticated work primarily in Italian symphonic prog territory. The music is well on the refined side of RPI with great care taken in the songwriting, arrangements, and instrumentation. It really feels like every detail has been labored over. Like many Zuffanti projects or older stuff like Basso's debut, the songs are safe and pleasant, preferring beauty and majesty over wild and crazy, but in this case the material is anything but bland. They take beautiful melodies and adorn them with the usual Italian icing like piano, flute, and strings, but there is a somewhat unusual atmospheric element introduced as well. Spacey quiet moments, poetic spoken word narrations, intricate percussion, and sound effects all give the tracks a richer mouthfeel. Di Tollo is a very capable vocalist with a great feel for the keyboard mix, soft mellotron, vibrant synth, and piano all work in unison. Of Di Tollo's collaborators Laura Marsano in particular does an amazing job providing elegant and tasteful guitar leads throughout, her playing is filled with emotion while avoiding any silly fireworks. This is but a short early review designed to get the ball rolling at PA for this fine album. It should be heard by fans of prettier RPI, such as Locanda delle Fate, Celeste, and Ubi Major, or for a non-Italian comparison I'd mention Steve Hackett. While it may not please fans of truly rowdy RPI it is an excellent album that I personally enjoyed more than all Hostsonaten and most Finisterre.

Finnforest | 4/5 |


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