IL BACIO DELLA MEDUSA

(ITALY)

SEME*

(2018)
LABEL:

AMS/BTF

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Melancholic, Theatrical
"Daring to be eclectic on "Seme*", Il Bacio Della Medusa wins its bet with an album that is sometimes confusing but often captivating."
CORTO1809 (29.08.2023)  
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If there were an award for the most sober, and also ugliest, cover, Il Bacio Della Medusa's fourth album, "Seme*", would have a serious chance of being the winner. This seed on a black background, which can also be mistaken for a large worm or a nose, is a far cry from the colorful covers to which the band has accustomed us.

But that's not the only difference with previous releases. Il Bacio Della Medusa adds a new guitarist, Simone Matteucci, bringing the total number of guitarists to three, if we count Simone Cecchini's acoustic contributions. As a logical consequence, there's plenty of guitar to go around, from snarling riffs ('Seme') to delicate arpeggios and, of course, generous soli. Nevertheless, their presence does not overshadow the album's two "stars": Simone Cecchini's vocals are as expressive and theatrical as ever, often sending shivers down the listener's spine even if they sometimes border on pathos ('Animatronica Platonica'), and Eva Morelli's every intervention, whether on flute or saxophone, is a real enchantment, sometimes bringing a bucolic, soothing atmosphere, sometimes a disquieting darkness (David Jackson isn't far away on '5 E 1/4 ? Fuori Dalla Finestra Il Tempo è Dispari').

Last but not least, Il Bacio Della Medusa abandons the concepts in favor of a collection of unrelated tracks, indulging in an eclecticism that sometimes borders on the hard rock ('Seme*'), country-tinged world music ('Sveglia! !!!'), electro ('Animatronica Platonica'), unclassifiable and jazzy experimental ('Sudamerica') and even flamenco ('5 E 1/4 ? Fuori Dalla Finestra Il Tempo è Dispari'). Of course, progressive music is not forgotten, and even populates the best tracks ('La Sonda', 'Il Sentiero Di Luce'), but there's still plenty of room for other styles, often convincingly mastered but not avoiding a few mistakes (the offbeat 'Sveglia!!!').

Nevertheless, most of the compositions are of an excellent standard, and "Seme*", despite its heterogeneity, captivates rather than confuses. By daring to step out of its comfort zone, Il Bacio Della Medusa confirms all the good things critics thought of it on its previous albums.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Seme (08:40)
02. La Sonda (05:54)
03. 5 E 1/4 ? Fuori Dalla Finestra Il Tempo è Dispari (08:47)
04. Sveglia!!! (07:52)
05. Animatronica Platonica (06:51)
06. Sudamerica (08:50)
07. Uthopia? Il Non Luogo (strumentale) (02:41)
08. Il Sentiero Di Luce (05:46)
09. Animaemotica (strumentale) (03:27)

LINEUP:
Diego Petrini : Claviers / Batterie / Percussions / Choeurs
Eva Morelli : Saxophones Alto Et Soprano / Flûte
Federico Caprai : Basse / Chœurs
Simone Brozzetti : Guitares
Simone Cecchini : Chant / Choeurs / Guitare Acoustique
Simone Matteuci: Guitares / Choeurs
   
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