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Libero Mureddu, Cristiano Calcignile and Antonio Borghini, who have been together since 2000, find a unique realm for their music. They go through several levels and strata, never content to dwell on one plateau for any given length of time. They formulate, shape and delve into sounds with an instant tick of the imagination. And despite the fact that all of the music on Ma Io Ch'in Questa Lingua has a composed head, each piece reacts to the impulses of the musicians.
The trio casts its lore through electronica as well as patented jazz dynamics and harmony. What makes its music stand out is the way in which the music is configured through its assemblage of instruments. All of it comes together with stunning impact as rock swerves into swing; mainstream pianism turns on the key into free ambience; and introspection careen into a volatile hotbed.
"Mach" casts a hypnotic spell built slowly, with wisps of sound wafting in. The pulse gets deeper with the bowing of the acoustic bass, the feedback of the electric bass, the pulse pounding beat of the drums and the many stringed instruments to form a vibrant and pulsating pattern. The music jumps into heavy metal, finds its comportment in funk and silence, space and trajectory, for a captivating multi-dimensional odyssey and a logical fulmination.
Volatility is calmed on "Tre vie in una stanza" but the band's penchant for seeking the unusual is firmly in place. Mureddu brings out his array of instruments finding evocative ways of stating the melody or fragmenting it. Calcignile is both the complement and the foil with Borghini content to give the beat a steady pulse.
"The Dark Cave" suite is a cornucopia of sound and effect. The transition of styles is seamless and exhilarating as the advent of funk is met with the cool ministrations of the piano, free motifs are trenchant, and the drive and trajectory surge and ebb. It is the perfect casting for the way in which Chant stimulates and moulds sound.
Multi-sonic pulsations make for a stunning piece of work.
Track Listing: Mach; About New Skies; Tre vie in una stanza; Hold Old Wine; Nel Mezzo; The Dark Cave: Guano Tour, Fruit Bat, Insect Bat, Honey Bat; Serafico; Il Fuggitivo; Postcard From Italy.
Personnel: Libero Mureddu: piano, electric clavichord, harpsichord, positive organ, harmonium, synthesizers, voice (8): Antonio Borghini: acoustic and electric bass; cello; Cristiano Calcagnile: drums, percussion, amplified metal sheet, glockenspiel, voice (7, 8).