Friday 16 March 2018
Malus Antler - Osimandia (2017)
The debut album from this Italian band.
The band is a quintet with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, synths, lap steel, keyboards and Italian vocals.
I have never heard about this band before. But their homepage, see link above, should provide you with the essentials.
Any new blood to the Italian prog rock scene is very much welcome. And so is this band.
The band is a new addition to the Rock Progressive Italiano (RPI) genre too as their music is within this genre. The more modern part of this genre, that is.
Take PFM and add a lot of psychedelia and jazz to their sound. That is when you get this band and this album. A fifty minutes long album.
The sound and the songs is lush with clarinets, half-acoustic guitars and some mellotron sounding keyboards and synths. The vocals is good and fits well within the music.
The band is young and aspiring. The band has a future and a great one. My only gripe with this album is the lack of any great songs. Nevertheless, this is a more than acceptable debut album and a band I will follow with great interest.