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Claudio Milano


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This is a new project by Claudio Milano, mastermind of avant-prog band Nichelodeon who together with Erna Frassens (aka Kasjanoova) created an album entitled "Adython" which is divided in two long tracks that make a total time of 47 minutes. Here, they offer a record that is not easy to label, and actually, not so easy to dig because of its experimental, and if you want, quirky sound shared mainly by Milano's vocals.

"L'oracolo di delfi" is the first track, with 15-minute duration. Since the first seconds we will listen to Milano's vocals making some strange noises, that at the same time let us know he reaches high notes. It wouldn't be a lie to say that the name of Demetrio Stratos came to my mind, mostly his solo work (the album Cantare la voce) and I assume Claudio has been inspired by him, among others. It is necessary to mention that the voice is not the only element here; we also have the lyrics, written by Frassens, and the electronic and computer noises that help creating atmospheres, nuances and textures.

The musical side is not the only one can appreciate here, because the vocals make an excellent work that let us also see the theatrical side, which at the same time, produces different emotions and images. In moments, the sound becomes nervous, even disturbing, which is great, because it means the music is touching you. After ten minutes there is a passage I like a lot, with tension created by the electronics, while the voice keeps sharing the lyrics, giving the precise entonation to those words.

"Adython" is the second and last track of the album, but it is really long surpassing the 30 minutes. Here they offer practically the same, I mean, experimental vocals accompanied by electronics that make backgrounds and weird noises, and also lyrics that produce something in the listener, without even knowing Italian. A wonderful decision here, was the addition of a saxophone, because it gives cadency and produce a kind of jazzy sound. The song flows, creating different passages where the vocals keep making that theatrical tune, sometimes clean, and sometimes modified by the lap effects. I like when the vocals are modified because it seems it is another character of the imaginary story, hope you get me.

At minute twelve is more evident the reminiscence of Demetrio Stratos, it is good how Claudio Milano let his voice do what it wants and play whatever it wishes. The background effects are constantly changing, putting a diversity of noises that maintain this nervous atmosphere. And the song flows, until the very end, creating a great communion between voice, lyrics, sax and electronics.

As I said, this album is not that easy to dig, however, once you allow it you will surely like it just as I did. A very good experimental, avant-garde album!

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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