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Franco Leprino


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4.16 | 55 ratings

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5 stars Italy.....Germany

With a particularly mad and adventurous weekend still roaring through my body, I find myself continuously reaching for albums that soothe my mind. The music was way too loud for something like 4 days, laughing, dancing, drinking, partying like it was 1999 and all that jazz............ - it really takes a toll on you, but then again it's days like that you remember for the rest of your life - the times you went all out with your friends and ignited the heart of the city itself.

The slow recovery process of such decadent behaviour luckily also spurs moments of pure and utter joy - moments of music and images from a slightly deranged mind where everything magically comes together. Integrati....Disintegrati was one of those special occasions where I felt like my mind was unable to stay in one place like its usual self, and suddenly started floating very casually round the room, only held up by the music I suppose. There's a powerful dream-state enveloping this thing, that's for sure, but not in a hazy and husky manner. With Leprino you get the feeling of being massaged with olive oil, while the sofa you're lying on elegantly swoops through a magic portal of sound.

Through warm and slow synthesiser pulses, this album interweaves many different endemic Italian trades - making it something of an outsider in the Berlin School electronics family. You get the warm oak tree note of the acoustic guitar doing beautiful folk inspired passages - delicately played piano that takes the music into vast symphonically inclined soundscapes - small breezy flute shadings, and add to those a serious flirtation with the unique Italian brand of avantguarde music. I've talked about this before, and that larval Battiato feel in the electronics - the same you encounter on an album like Pierot Lunnaire's Gudrun, is indeed also present here. Though more refined and subtle, it takes the listener into some wonderfully strange corridors throughout the coarse of the record.

Lying completely exhausted on the floor now with the computer in front of me, I can safely say that Integrati....Disintegrati is a great way of escaping the madness of burning days without end. There's an echoing guitar right now that feels as if the winds from outside my window have turned into liquid and are now seeping onto the floor. An unwet sensation of taking a bath in music.

Coming back to the real world here before I dose off(or explode), I just want to say that Franco Leprino's sole album from 77 is a classic - or it certainly should be! It is a beautiful album, and just saying that hardly puts into perspective just how befitting a word like beautiful can be. I've heard soooooo many unsuccessful attempts at recreating the Berlin School of electronics - trying to build on something that was perfect as it was, and while most end up as Tangerine Dream clones with this record you get something unique............ Even if this slithering sound serpent started out way up in Germany, you can still hear it snaking it's way over the Alps and into Italy to get to the melodies.

Guldbamsen | 5/5 |


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