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Homunculus Res


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.83 | 50 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. I'm a huge fan of this band having given 4.5 stars for their debut as well. This is very much Italian Canterbury with plenty of humour and distorted keyboards. This time they include an almost 18 minute epic and we get a special guest in THE MUFFINS Dave Newhouse offering up a variety of saxes as well as bass clarinet all on two tracks. Udi Koomran mastered this recording so it sounds amazing.

"Operazione Simpatia" is the bright and upbeat opener with the drums and keys standing out although we also get English horn and aboe chipping in as well. I love the distorted keyboards ala CARAVAN after a minute. "Doppiofondo Del Burile" features vocals for the first time on this disc and there's such a feel-good sound to the opening instrumental. After the vocals stop we get another excellent instrumental section. Love this stuff. Distorted keys before 2 1/2 minutes. "Vesica Piscis" has an upbeat start as the vocals join in. This is catchy and warm. Some laughter follows and we get lots of intricate sounds when the vocals stop. It's all so interesting. A change 3 1/2 minutes in as we get more of a determined rhythm with background synths and more. Sax 5 minutes in as the driving rhythm continues almost to the end of the song. "Dogface Reprise" has these vocal melodies that bring Wyatt to mind before the vocals kick in before a minute. "Opodeldoc" has a relaxed sound of keys, drums and sax but it does get fuller before another calm arrives before 2 minutes. It's building again and I adore the distorted keys before 4 minutes. "La Felicita" is light and whimsical with vocals, glockenspiel, mellotron and synths.

"Ottaedro" opens with fuzzed out keys and bass. Man this sounds amazing! A calm after 2 minutes with bass and floating organ. "Egg Soup" is less than a minute long and man I'm reminded of WIGWAM here with the piano and other sounds. "Belacqua" and the next track feature Dave Newhouse on horns. This one is laid back to start but it picks up quickly. It's the keys/ drums show 1 1/2 minutes in before it turns pastoral late to end it. "Ospedale Civico" is the epic and it's catchy early on with vocals. Love the Wyatt-like vocals 1 1/2 minutes in. Newhouse offers up a variety of saxes as well as bass clarinet. An experimental calm 7 minutes in but then it turns fuller before 8 minutes as the tempo and mood continue to shift. "Dogface" is a breezy tune with vocals, bass and synths standing out. It becomes more passionate late. "S Invertita" is less than a minute of synths, bass and keys mostly. "Paum/" is interesting when the vocal melodies arrive because they remind me of the Gilmore Girls. "Schermaglie" ends the album and it's led by alto sax and drums.

Another winner for these Italians and I think this one is slightly better than the debut. Talk about a feel good listen. For Canterbury fans.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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