“Vibrazioni liquide” (Liquid vibrations), Malaavia’s second album, is mainly the brainchild of Pas Scarpato, bassist, guitarist, vocalist, composer, lyricist and only founder member in the present line-up of the band that now features also Joe La Viola (flute, sax, oboe, cymbals), Helèna Biagioni (vocals), Jacov Leone (drums), Sebastiano Mazzoleni (keyboards) and Donato Zoppo (narrative vocals). With the help of some guest musicians, in 2008 they recorded this concept album full of spirituality, inviting you to search for higher levels of knowledge and wisdom. “Vibrations shake and make the walls inside you crumble... You have to be liquid... You can find the truth only inside you!”. The result, in my opinion, is definitely better than Malaavia’s debut album. The music has a strong Mediterranean flavour and it could recall bands as Abash or Radiodervish but you can also feel the love of the band for classic prog masters as Le Orme, BMS and PFM...
The opener “Deus dementat?” is a beautiful instrumental where acoustic “ethnic” elements blend with a powerful electric guitar and it could recall some works of Al Di Meola... It’s a perfect introduction for the excellent second track “Lakmidi” that begins with a Middle Eastern melody. The interaction of Pas Scarpato, Sophya Baccini and Helèna Biagioni vocals is perfect and the “musical fabric” extremely rich (there’s even a didgeridoo!). The lyrics are about the mysterious people of Lakhmidis, their cruel rites and prayers... “They pass by like killing wolves shadows, silently / What a traffic of camels, Bedouins, women, slaves / And they don’t talk / And they don’t laugh... Every now and again they stop and pray when the night is falling...”.
The next track, “Listen To The Voices”, is like a delicate, bittersweet, multiethnic and melodic prayer... “Voices spreading in the air of the evening / Voices that you can hear from here / They sing the sad litany of a prayer... Shemà shemà Israel / Listen to the voices today...”. The vocals in the dialect of Naples by Gianni Lamagna (Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare) give additional value to this invocation for freedom.
The long “Vagando” (Wandering) features a darker atmosphere with vintage keyboards and melancholic vocals that come out as if “wandering in the shadows” and lead to the next track “La rosa” (The rose) on the notes of a solitary sax... After a short instrumental intro the dreamy vocals of Helèna Biagioni soar bringing hope and light... “New eyes for the invisible / New ears for the inaudible / New senses for what you can’t gather... The rose of the desert leads you to the laws of light...”.
“Il cedro” (The Cedar) is a beautiful acoustic ballad featuring lyrics taken from the Bible (Ezekiel 17: 22,24). “I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain. On the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it; it will produce branches and bear fruit and become a splendid cedar. Birds of every kind will nest in it; they will find shelter in the shade of its branches. All the trees of the field will know that I the Lord bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish...”.
“Elevazione (recitativo)” (Elevation) is another acoustic track featuring a beautiful melodic part of oboe and spoken words full of hope... “One day you will slowly see what the sky is and you will touch it with your hands... Open your arms to the infinite...”. On the sound of a bell then comes “Salmo di Lode Universale”, a hymn in Latin taken from the Christian tradition and musically inspired by Monteverdi.
The last track is an excellent long suite in five parts, “Stati superiori (suite in 5 movimenti)”, where the music tries to describe a kind of spiritual path leading from “Crisis” to “Sleep”, from the “Spirit Awakening” to “Beatitude” through a new beginning... “The time is coming / Open the doors of your night / Show the light to your shadows...”.