|L'Ira Del Baccano
Three years have passed since L'Ira Del Baccano allowed my mind to fly away thanks to their pretty record "Terra 42". I won't lie, I felt much enthusiastic as I put their new "Paradox Hourglass" into my Hi-Fi, (fore)knowing I couldn't be let down; and, of course, it didn't!
There's no rule and yet no path must be left out: the cosmos is boundless and L'Ira Del Baccano's music aims to conquer it all, growing extensively and reshaping like water, as in "Paradox Hourlass Part 1 (L'Ira Del Baccano)", whose dreamy space moves seduce one's senses and make them sway towards astral wind. "Parados Hourlass Part 2 (No Razor For Occam)", on the other hand, hits much harder, resembling a meteor shower in search of an impact zone, powered by many and various rhythms that make even more complex the whole song, made up of psychedelic waves and progressive rock, metallic brass inserts and jazz vibes.
If the best really lied in the middle, the sonic-interstellar junction "Abilene (The Trip To)" would be its perfect representation, being it capable of smoothing things over those who love hallucinogenic and luxuriant sounds and those who prefer some more muscular and explosive approach. The intriguing and majestic circularity of "The Blind Phoenix Rises", then, marks the end of this most successful crusade which allowed me to witness the band's finest taste, a campaign won thanks to L'Ira Del Baccano's classic, sharp weapons (melodies, solos and great synths) as much as to the help of the newcomer, Ivan Contini Bacchisio, who proved to perfectly integrated into the context.
The graphic side of "Paradox Hourglass" is also fantastic: Fabio Listrani's art is full of symbolism and, due to his attention to detail, we might come to spend a lifetime or two trying to analyse each and every detail of his work… Well, let's say it, then: the eyes have been pleased, too.
I've often seen L'Ira Del Baccano's name wrote together with Hawkwind's and I think it's a really good parallelism: I don't frankly see them as mere apprentices of those British teachers, who released tons of musical knowledge decade after decade, but more as their natural children and possibly their successors — and just taking a listen to the music they've released up to now makes me feel more sure about those words of mine.
These Hawkwind's scholars are indeed ready to fly high and gain the place (and fame) they deserve abroad, too. "Paradox Hourglass" is a must-have and, in case you missed that, you'd better go get "Terra 42", too: well spent money, for sure!