Sunday, 10 September 2017

SOLEMN READING

Ecfonetica come from the province of Viterbo and took shape in 2014 on the south banks of Bolsena Lake when composers Stefano Calandrelli (organ, piano, synth) and Walter Possieri (guitars, bass, drums, percussion, keyboards) teamed up to work on original material inspired by classical music and modern sounds. The name of the band comes from ancient Greek and means solemn reading: according to their website, the band chose it because it refers to the need of giving a graphical form to sounds and music. In 2015 Ecfonetica self-released an interesting debut album entitled Voci where they mix classical music, progressive rock and touches of post-rock with gusto and lightness.



The opener “Taranta” starts softly and is marked by the contrast between distorted electric guitar and piano. Then the rhythm rises and drives you through disquieting atmospheres and infernal dances. The following “Ad libitum” is calm and dreamy, almost ethereal with its light, slow pace and its soaring melodic patterns.

Meloria” is a beautiful piece that alternates moments of calm to stormy, aggressive passages. The title refers to a rocky islet, surrounded by a shoal, off the Tuscan coast, in the Ligurian Sea, near Livorno. The music in some way evokes echoes and ghosts of the Battle of Meloria fought on 5 and 6 August 1284 between the fleets of the Republics of Genoa and Pisa...



The dreamy “Quando” (When) leads to the short, martial “Passi” (Steps), then it’s the time of the mysterious “Oltre” (Beyond) where organ waves and piano passages every now and again remind me of some instrumental works by Le Orme.

On “Voci” (Voices) a beautiful melody soars slowly from background noises like a daydream from the daily grind of real life. The second part of this piece sounds like a magic, esoteric dance and contrasts with the next track, the short, classical inspired “Dolce ostinato”.


The last two tracks “Donna, donna, donna...” (Woman, woman, wman) and “Toccata” are two solo compositions, respectively by Walter Possieri and Stefano Calandrelli and they could be almost considered as bonus tracks…

You can listen to the complete album HERE


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