This is a very interesting disc. Combining spaghetti western, spy, surf, and atmospheric production, this Italian band are charting new territory. Very good writing and engaging ideas.
“Anni Di Piombo”: Like a cross between John Barry and Ennio Morricone, “Anni Di Piombo” is a
pulsing spaghetti spy song with lots of ominous drama.
“Assalto Alla Diligenza”: “Assalto Alla Diligenza” is a splendid spaghetti western with a galloping rhythm and eerie sound. Haunted by spatial reverb, the moody melody rides a stereo wash of shimmer courtesy vibrato and panned delay. Sound effects of horses and gunshots complete the bandito image.
“Asteroide”: Pumping rhythm and tweaky electro-sounds in a dark syrup of sub space danger. Not melodic, but riffy pulsing power.
“Costa Esmeralda”: A fine playful melody strides across a circulating rhythm. “Costa Esmeralda” is very cool and catchy, with a bit of humor and spatial fullness. Fun and engaging.
“Dr. Destino”: An open road adventure kind of song with shimmer and throb from reverb and vibrato. “Dr. Destino” has a definite coastal feeling, and the melody portrays motion. The tribal beat adds drama.
“Gangsters”: This song sports a catchy riff and a light hearted sound. A wash of reverb and atmospherics give it a huge distance, though it’s not far away. Bad guys never sound this melodic.
“Gita Al Mare”: Light and fluid, playful and warm, “Gita Al Mare” is a fine song for an energized happy day. Pretty without being sappy, and featuring great drums.
“Mexicono”: Warm tone and a Spanish influence create a pleasing and fluid sound. The melody is very pleasing and well developed. “Mexicono” seems to smile.
“Mr. Grancho”: Stereo vibrato makes “Mr. Grancho” pulse in an atmospheric wash. More riff than melody, but very fun. The uplifting joy of the song is quite evident.
“Operazione Sceicco”: Spies on surfboards zigzag between curl riders in search of sleepers. They don’t find them, but the hunt is dangerous nonetheless. “Operazione Sceicco” is a nice song with a real espionage feeling and sound.
“Sol Stizio D’Estate”: “Sol Stizio D’Estate” is a very pretty song, with a beautiful melody and broad atmospherics. The muted rhythm and gentle percussion, along with the round bass lines, create a romantic underpinning for the haunting melody.
“Yuri Gagarin”: Russian Cosmonaut “Yuri Gagarin” is immortalized in this instrumental. Perhaps a bit like early Laika and the Cosmonauts, the song is decidedly European, yet has a surfable sound.
“R.I.P.”: Unlisted at the end of the disc, “R.I.P.” is a beautiful and atmospheric song that floats on a sea of reverb and mist. Great percussion and moodiness.