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Side C


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.02 | 4 ratings

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3 stars A nice live EP!

In 2010 I was introduced to Side C, a young Italian band which had released a nice EP that could (can) be listened via myspace. A year later, in 2011 they released one EP more, but this time live, including four cool songs (new songs, by the way) that also show a new face of the band, because here they have a couple of new members. This EP is entitled "Andare Via?" and gives almost half an hour of good music.

The first track is "Semplice Gioco". This is a nice seven-minute track with a clear prog sound, but without a truly complex or challenging structure; the music is charming, gentle and soft, it is like light progressive rock, with the particularity of having a female vocal, and of course, the Italian language. There are nice keyboards and constant drums, an in the end we can listen to a nice guitar riff. "Tempo di convenzione" surpasses the eight-minute mark. It has a delicate start, piano and soft vocals, the intensity is increasing little by little, new elements are added while the seconds pass. At minute three there is a change, an instrumental passage is being built up and then the music explodes and perfectly flows, with cool keyboards and guitars, being always well accompanied by bass and drums, all together create a nice mixture of symphonic rock and jazz. A couple of minutes later it slows down, continues like this for a minute and a new change is implemented later. This is the best track of this live EP, a song that clearly shows the compositional talent of Side C.

"Ultimo Viaggio" has a weird start, the first minute is full of dark noises that have nothing to do with what the previous tracks had offered. Later piano and male vocals enter and begin to tell the story, the sound prevails for a minute until the band surprises us with a heavy explosion that lasts for some 10 seconds; then a new structure is being built little by little, with repetitive piano notes, then drums, then guitars and some background atmospheres. Later a new explosion appears, and after one minute more this strange, RIO-oriented song, ends. And the album finishes with "Non Sai Piu Piangere", another eight-minute track which starts with classical piano in the first minute, but later it vanishes and opens the gates to the keyboards, drums and strings that together create a true symphonic sound. The song flows, intercalating cool instrumental moments with some when the female voice enters and adds its charm. Very nice last song!

I am actually hoping to see a Side C's full-length album; after my experience with their two EPs, I can say I like what I listen, that's why I would love to listen to a complete album, maybe with a concept, maybe with an epic track, who knows, but something that shows the pinnacle of the band. For now, I can invite people to go to the band's myspace site and listen to both EPs', I bet you will have a good time. My final grade will be three stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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