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|Artist: || Aviolinee Utopia|
|Title: || Aviolinee Utopia|
|Label:|| Mellow Records MMP 322 |
|Length(s):|| 45 minutes|
|Year(s) of release:|| 1997|
|Month of review: || 03/1998 |
Christian Logli - saxes
Giuliano Lott - vocals, cymbals, ocean drum
Narcy Parillo - bass
Andrea Pergher - guitars
Giacomo Plotegher - piano, keyboards
Michele - ciech drums, cymbals, percussions
Some viola and violin by Giuliano Eccher
|1) || Ultraleggero I || 1.11
|2) || Timone Del Cielo || 4.47
|3) || Marsiglia || 7.29
|4) || Integralisti Alegrini || 3.44
|5) || Ripetizioni || 5.09
|6) || Ultraleggero II || 4.38
|7) || L'altra Parte || 4.15
|8) || Ritmo || 5.39
|9) || 1 Cmq. Di Cielo || 8.31
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I heard from Mellow Records that this album won the Darwin Award 1997, making
it the best Italian progressive record of 1997.
Opening with acoustic guitar and melodic flute on Ultraleggero I, it seems we
are in for a lyrical Italian CD. Timone Del Cielo however opens with
neurotic guitar a la KC Discipline period. The vocals of Lott are quite okay,
but when backing vocals are used, it becomes a little chaotic. On the other
hand one is not far off the mark when one dubs this song, chaotic. Logli
wrings quite a few notes from his saxes, that hitherto are probably unusable.
The vocal melody is not very straightforward and he varies a lot within his
singing. He is not very strong in the lower regions, but he likes to "move
around" when singing. His vocals are best when he sings loud and it seems
that the singer sings very freely. He also draws out his notes quite long.
After evoking a city landscape with the necessary samples, this is another not
too straightforward and flowing track, with a repetitive riff on the guitar and
again drawn out, loud vocals.
After a minute or two the music takes a turn, becoming more
exciting and driven, mostly by the percussion. After another distinct change,
the song ends very well with the repetitive strings of Giuliano Eccher's.
Integralisti Algeria has short lyrics, but I can make heads nor tails
of them and this is not just because it's Italian. It seems that the band
is showing that Italian is closed under permutation (figure out for yourselves
what THAT means). A great track by the way with tight playing, a good
guitar solo, very speedy percussion and emotional singing. We then break into
a heavy rocking part alternated with a jazz-tinged vocal part.
Ripetizioni opens with laid-back lounge jazz and aahhh'ing by the singer.
The song is rather jazzy on the whole with a large sax presence, while the
guitar plays a hidden role. The songs ends wonderfully with a compelling
tune on the sax. Ultraleggero II is like its predecessor an instrumental.
A soft one, offering an oasis among the chaos that the songs of this band
often harbour. Repetitive and because of the presence of the sax, there's
again this jazzy atmosphere. But relaxing this time.
L'Altra Parte opens a bit like Ripetizione. The vocals are spoken this time
and here are quite a lot of lyrics to this otherwise not very long track.
A nice moody track, but not very typical progressive (in case that is what
you are after). The music here is a bit modern and mostly built on atmosphere.
The song ends chaotically, and then abruptly. After the subdued pianic opening
of Ritmo and some soundscapes we get some interplay between sax and vocals
after which we get a typical VDGG part on the sax. What seems to be a low cello
accompanies the singer on the intro of 1 cmq. Di Cielo. The vocals sound
very live on this intro. The continuation is quite hectic with lots
of things happening and screaming guitars attacking from all sides. Again,
the band manages to put a lot of different musical ingredients into their
music, but not forgetting to include some good melodies. The track
ends loudly with lots of keyboards and saxes.
The artwork is tasteful.
A hard album for me to review. The band knows its way, certainly does
not play overt or easy music and in fact tries to evoke as many emotions
as possible, but I have to warn that the music can be quite chaotic and
aggressive. One might think in this line of the more jazzy variant of King
Crimson (Edhels?) or VDGG, but the description typical Italian progressive, but
jazzier than most goes a long way as well. The vocals are very expressive.
The best Italian album of 1997? I'm not sure (I've heard quite little besides),
but I'm not surprised. Powerful and compelling, but since the music is not very
accessible and is sometimes downright chaotic, taking a listen (to the
music or a second opinion) is advised. I, however, am impressed.
© Jurriaan Hage