104

Finisterre: Storybook

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Finisterre: Storybook Italian prog-rockers, “Finisterre” hearken back to the days of Britain’s beloved “Canterbury” progressive rock scene amid the stylizations witnessed by their predecessors and fellow compatriots, “PFM,” “Area,” Banco and a few others of note. With this live presentation recorded during the infamous, “ProgDay Fest” in Chapel Hill, NC this quintet renders a series of lengthy and relatively excitable pieces consisting of whispery themes and intermittent doses of romanticism, melded with hard-edged soloing and crafty time signatures. From the onset of the opener titled “In Limine,” the musicians convey a cheery outlook via Sergio Grazia’s whimsical flute passages, and keyboardist Boris Valle’s jazzy riffs. - The group’s straight ahead rendition of “PFM’s “Altaloma” is all about wailing guitars and surging rhythms framed around mini-themes and ethereal musings.

The band’s notorious live act comes to fruition on this release; especially during the thirteen-minute piece “Phaedra.” Here, the artists’ pursue driving beats and ceremoniously executed motifs, whereas the soloists strut their stuff while being introduced to the crowd. Meanwhile, the ensemble quotes a few bars of King Crimson’s “In The Court Of The Crimson King,” and “21st Century Schizoid Man” atop a fusion of acutely organized twists and turns. However, one minor qualm might be in order, due to Valle’s excessive utilization of the mellotron for sustained chord voicings and textural scenery, although this writer does hold a special place in his heart for this rather endearing yet somewhat problematic instrument fabricated upon strips of magnetic tape. Otherwise, Storybook signifies a delectably appealing addition to the slightly asymmetrical contemporary progressive rock scene. Recommended.

Moonjune Records


Track Listing: In Limine; Orizzonte Degli Eventi; Hispanica; Altaloma; Macinaaqua, Macinaluna; Asia; Phaedra; Canto Antico

Personnel: Fabio Zuffanti; bass, vocals: Stefano Marelli; electric & acoustic guitars, vocals: Boris Valle; keyboards: Sergio Grazia; flute: Andrea Orlando; drums

Title: Storybook | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Moonjune Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read BACHanalia CD/LP/Track Review BACHanalia
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 24, 2017
Read Hallways CD/LP/Track Review Hallways
by Paul Rauch
Published: June 24, 2017
Read The Crave CD/LP/Track Review The Crave
by John Sharpe
Published: June 24, 2017
Read Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub) CD/LP/Track Review Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub)
by Joe Gatto
Published: June 24, 2017
Read Kickin' Child - The Lost Album 1965 CD/LP/Track Review Kickin' Child - The Lost Album 1965
by Doug Collette
Published: June 24, 2017
Read Towards Language CD/LP/Track Review Towards Language
by John Eyles
Published: June 23, 2017
Read "Nocturno" CD/LP/Track Review Nocturno
by Tyran Grillo
Published: March 9, 2017
Read "Times and Tides" CD/LP/Track Review Times and Tides
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 28, 2016
Read "Lightyears" CD/LP/Track Review Lightyears
by Jim Olin
Published: July 2, 2016
Read "Rumi Songs" CD/LP/Track Review Rumi Songs
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 4, 2016
Read "Cultural Capital" CD/LP/Track Review Cultural Capital
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 4, 2017
Read "WANDERlust" CD/LP/Track Review WANDERlust
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 19, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.