|Alternative Metal, Electronica, Post-Metal, Hip Hop
January 20th, 2014
Release length: 26:31
Solo Musica A Riempirmi Gli Occhi does kick things off a little on the weaker side. The slow paced introduction utilizes a bass-guitar heavy foundation to set up a somewhat depressing atmosphere that the spoken word dialogue doesn’t quite match, nor do the keys in the background that seem like a digital xylophone. Even though it does set up “Cadono Giu (Freestyle N.1)” decently, the introduction to this track could have easily been extended maybe ten seconds and wind up just as effective, if not more. What follows are random lyrics and commands, sometimes digitally altered, across infectious grooves and hooks that find additional Symphonic keyboards, providing a hint of Classical inspiration to the keyboards (or electronics) that make the chorus far more epic in a Power Metal manner, unlike the deeper, restrained main verses that channel the aforementioned Alternative persona of Red Sky. The guitar solo, however, is simply phenomenal, shredding with great speed and precision until it eventually bridges back into the DJ/turn table effects once more that allow the track to calm down before finally ending.
But then there’s “Neve” and it’s far more emotional presence. The main verses have a very dark and modern back-alley atmosphere that matches the quicker rapping vocal style, but the highly melodic Alternative chorus incorporates a great deal of Gothic Rock/Metal ideals backed largely by additional keyboards and operatic vocals by Matina Ambruosi. Her presence alone helps amplify the amount of emotion that continues to grow the deeper in you get, much like the guitar solo that channels the bleak and rainy environments found on Dark Tranquillity‘s releases around the time of Character, all the while infectious simpler grooves make bobbing your head along impossible to resist when the material is at its richest.
And then there’s “Il Flafsuto”, which, overall, sounds like a cross between Castlevania-grade Neo-Classical electronics and oriental folk undertones. This is one of the few tracks to really hammer the Hip Hop aspect of the band home thanks to the rap-style vocals, but there’s enough edge to match the modern gothic beauty of the music that they don’t feel forced in any way, coming off fluid to the intimate nature of the performance itself in a way comparable to the more personal composition from Ill Nino, or even the recently forged Hardcore group Rise of the Northstar.
Sadly, that about sums up the more memorable of material on the release. Solo Musica A Riempirmi Gli Occhi has a tamer presence that is relaxing overall despite some of the moody eighties Glam Rock riffs and solos that litter it. Other than that, its your standard mixture of Electronica, utilizing certain tones to set up the sensation of stars blinking in a vast astral landscape you happen to be floating in. “Fance Morte Non Ci Separi” has the same set up for the first half, though without the night sky aspect. By that point, some strong guitar work that comes off like modern Insomnium appears for a brief time, giving way to the starting material once more, but this time with what sounds like a music box in the background. The track never really goes anywhere, closing on something equal more to filler than a robust, emotional, or intimate experience like the previous few cuts.
Red Sky manages to present material that both breaks the mold as far as sticking to music genres go, as well as providing material that is basically the polar opposite of that statement. Solo Musica A Riempirmi Gli Occhi has some truly emotional experiences that take on the every day Pop/Electronica mainstream sound and adds so much more complexity and emotion to them that is sorely absent from radio stations today. Red Sky isn’t afraid to bust some rhymes while having operatic vocals against a heavily melodic Post-Metal landscape, all in an attempt to achieve a truly undefinable and emotional experience that sticks with listeners far beyond that initial spin. It’s just unfortunate that the closing is far more plain and docile in comparison. But, as a whole, Solo Musica A Riempirmi Gli Occhi is an experience well worth checking out, especially while the EP is set at a “name your price” download through Bandcamp.
01. Il Prezzo (Intro) – 1:48
02. Cadoni Giu (Freestyle N.1) – 4:42
03. Il Flauto – 5:27
04. Stelle – 5:22
05. Finche Morta Non Ci Separi – 3:27
|Initial Pressing Score: 7.5/10
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