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L' Estate Di San Martino


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.99 | 147 ratings

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3 stars A return of one of Italy's most beautiful pastoral bands

L'Estate di San Martino are back with a brand new album in 2012 and a finely crafted work it is. As previously mentioned the group has had a strange recording history, with each batch of material delayed or shelved before finally seeing the light of day. 2007's "Febo" was finally delivered shortly after the sad premature death of long time guitarist Adolfo Broegg. Now five years later the band have recorded an album that finally sounds as if things have all come together naturally. It is a gorgeous album of mostly instrumental, pastoral progressive rock with symph and folk markers, even a few jazzy sections. This is the very listenable and beautiful side of RPI, it is an album that should be very popular with listeners drawn to Hostsonaten, Willowglass, and XII Alfonso, though at times it rocks more than all three.

BTF writes the material is "mainly based on great acoustic arpeggios and electric solos, keyboard soundscapes and beautiful flute and sax inserts. Even if practically void of lyrics, the album is a concept that would be listened while reading the notes in the booklet, telling about Talsete, an imaginary character, an archivist whose aim was to collect and preserve human knowledge and who fronts his greatest 'battle', against the passing of time and memories."

Sounds like a cool concept! The songs are extended jams which range from mellow to reasonably rocking and employ plenty of gorgeous keyboard work. There is also a ton of tasteful guitar work including some guest sections from none other than Steve Hackett. As mentioned most of the album is instrumental but there are a few vocals, and L'Estate have brought in RPI legends Francesco di Giacomo and Bernardo Lanzetti. Saxophone, flute, and female wordless vocals are also used to luxurious effect. I would describe the compostiion as music that is "soaring" as if the soundtrack to footage shot from aircraft above rugged coastlines and the like. Relaxing and sometimes not gripping enough for my personal tastes, yet, there are certainly times when I would find it appealing. A well made, ambitious disc for fans of the refined progressive rock.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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