Sonic Immersions reviews

It’s great to read the the new music by new artists on AD Music is being well received by the critics. Carlo Luzi is an Italian musician who started playing instrumental music around 1980. He founded the band “Terra della Sera” with Paolo  de Gregori (Kaj Norrijus) and the project “SeraSidereA”, again with Paolo de Gregori and soprano Daniela Massirin in 2008. That same year, Carlo also started releasing music under the alias Acheloo (named after the god that represents the river from which all waters have originated), whose album “Sirens” is his debut. The concept of the album are the Sirens, the daughters of Acheloo and the expression of dualism. They are associated to the pure idea of the limit, of the border, of the transition both physical and ritual. It expresses the transition of the radical metamorphosis, as well as the transition from adolescence to maturity or from life to death. “Sirens” offers a nice blend of tranquil, softly glowing textural music, made out of velvet soundscapes and occasional female vocal textures, creating a sedate, dreamy atmosphere, to which a dose of spacy guitar is added now and then. Darker shades are briefly rolling in on the second piece “Teles”, which also offers a slight sequence. Heavenly spheres are formed on the 12-minute title track as a nice cascading sequencing and serene voice pads fade in. Repetitive e-guitar licks and a slow motion of wavering textures set out the course on “Raidne” to which a circling light sequence pattern is added. My personal highlight is next, the 7-minute “Deianira”. An astonishing space track of flowing, soundscapes taking you to up to heaven. “The Bride of Taar” features much more pronounced e-guitar maneuvering over
the soundscape tapestry. The closing track “Melody of Darka” is a guitar dominated atmospheric outing, overall less strong when compared to the previous cosmic pieces. Although the music at a few occasions sounded slightly harsh, “Sirens” is a
recommended ambient release for sure. Available as digital download and CDr  from the AD Music online webshop.
Written by Bert Strolenberg

~ by admusic on December 8, 2008.

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