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Giorgio C. Neri


Psychedelic/Space Rock

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5 stars A wonderful gem!

This is the debut album from Italian composer and multi-instrumentalist Giorgio C. Neri, whose concept is based in his spiritual travel. "Logos" is its title, and here you will find very interesting and original music that goes from atmospheric prog, symphonic and even some psychedelic passages. It features 13 compositions that make a total time of 52 minutes.

It opens with "Intro", as you can imagine, it is a short track that will lead us to this trip. Here we will listen to a nice environment, a soft mood created by keyboards and a guitar. A child is crying and then all of a sudden the music explodes, so now we are listening to "ID & Trad" whose rock element is evident, clearly accompanied by a psychedelic touch and space rock atmospheres. The structure is practically the same during its 4 minutes, but in the last seconds we can listen to a male voice, like a Father on a church.

"Alleanza" has a extraordinary keyboard work because here we can listen to an organ as background while the hammond is creating cool nuances. There is also a nice acoustic guitar at first, and later drums and electric guitar join and produce a powerful sound. What I like from the music composed here, is that despite it is repetitive, it is never boring, on the other hand, it is mesmerizing and hypnotic; I love how it flows. A much darker atmosphere is created in "Seconda Navigazione", a short track with the spoken word of Vittorio Ristagno, who is telling us a story, over a keyboard background. "Addio" is the shortest one with only one-minute length. Piano and keyboards complementing each other, this is like a transition to another place.

In "Le Braccia e le ali" we can appreciate a nice flute sound that works together with drums and a piano at first, later keys and both acoustic and electric guitar join and produce a very good sound, with a dynamic structure and a cool progressive rock texture. This song is a favorite of mine, I really like its changes in time and mood, and the addition of different elements while the seconds pass. This is a very complete song! "Guerra" is another short one, and here we can listen to those war elements such as weapons, guns, bombs and people screaming desperately. In the last part we can listen again to those church fathers, along with an aggressive explosion at the very end.

"Godinus 7 (a)" has a much calmer mood, with synthesizers creating a spacey tune, while a nice guitar plays here and there. Little by little new notes and elements are being added, producing different nuances and colors in this pastoral and space-atmospheric track. Its second part comes next, "Godinus 7 (b)" and here the space element continues but now with an obvious psychedelic touch included. Once again the structure is repetitive but addictive, I really like how it keeps me interested and excited, the music is simply great. The keyboard work is a highlight in this track and album, and here the drummer Roberto Maragliano also does a good job. The second part of this track is much different, with the inclusion of bagpipes and marching percussions.

"Tuona il cannone" is a beautiful composition with that particular Italian touch produced by vocals, this time made by Gian Castello. Here the rock progressive italiano flavor is obvious, taking elements of symphonic and folk prog. The names of PFM (Italian) and Focus (non Italian) spring to my mind with this song. "Per tutti e per nessuno" is another short transitional track, some birds can be heard in the first seconds, and then a synthesizer enters as background, along with some programming tunes and the spoken words of Ristagno.

"L'Ultima danza" is the longest track of the album, reaching more than nine minutes. A heavier song is here but nice drums, electric guitar riffs and that feast of keyboards as background. After a couple of minutes the track makes a change, the music slows down and brings a delicious sound made by acoustic guitars, percussion and the atmospheric keyboards. After four and a half minutes the music returns to its original form, making it really dynamic and interesting. This is of course one of Neri's finest compositions, one of the best of this excellent album.

The last track is "Sipario", which is an emotional song with nice piano and acoustic guitar, while a disarming electric guitar is making a riff. The sense of goodbye is present here, one can feel this journey will finish soon, so the melancholy is inherent. A very nice way to finish this album!

I am really happy with "Logos", it is a superb work by Giorgio C. Neri, who I hope releases new material in the near future. After several listens I had been fighting with myself because I did not decide the rating, but now I am sure. Five stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 5/5 |


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