This remarkable band originally started in 1999 in Italy by Federico and Francis. They began writing and performing medieval music but did not have a
definite direction in mind. Viola and Raffaella joined the duo and they all focused more on romantic faery world and folk-lore music. Songs began to
form and the first CD demo Hollow Hills
was recorded. This would kick off the career for the band and more releases would follow including
In a sea, in a lake, in a river
or in a teardrop
which focused on the the water and all things related. And later in 2003
was released which focused on James Royce poems.
In 2005 the band joined with the prominent Swedish label Cold Meat Industry
and released their next full-length album as you're vanishing in silence
Over these years the band itself has transformed with Francis and Raffaella both leaving with only the duo of Federico and Viola remaining. With the release
of this album much of the world became familiar with their music for the first time through Cold Meat Industry
. 2007 saw them also have their music
also licensed through Projekt Records
for their next album titled The Hours
. This move helped expand their fanbase as their music
became more readily available in Northern America. In 2014 they released their EP covering the songs from Black Tape for a Blue Girl
which was a bold and clever move from this talented duo, again released on Projekt Records
I think the style of this band will really click with Gothic Paradise listeners. The combination of soft male and lilting female vocals layered over a
mixture of violin, guitar, flute and piano is absolutely spellbinding. It also seems that each release as a slightly different theme and style involved,
so each release could be a new adventure and after hearing these latest albums, it's probably worth picking up whatever is available from their back-catalog.
Redefine My Pure Faith - Review
Back and at it again, this talented group have brought together this beautiful tribute EP spotlighting one of their greatest influences Black Tape for a Blue Girl.
Featuring six spell-binding tracks, this neo-classical, ethereal project sheds new light on some of these classics that we've grown to lover over the years.
As the title would imply, this EP wouldn't be complete with a cover of "Redefine Pure Faith" featuring Federico's somber vocals over the mesmerizing, soft strings
that form the foundation for many of these pieces. "Dulcinea" appears next with Viola's hauntingly soft and beautiful vocals caressing the soul of the listener,
again accompanied by soft and beautiful guitar and string arrangements. The mix of both male and female vocals on the EP, spotlights some of the strengths that
we've enjoyed from Black Tape for a Blue Girl
, while this duo systematically disects and restructures each of these pieces. Not merely being a copy of the
original, we're presented with a unique perspective that is captivating and enjoyable.
The album moves along delving into the various emotional pieces "The Broken Glass" with it's strumming guitar providing much of the back-drop to the angst-ridden
vocals and lyrics, while "The Rope" becomes a true new classic from this group. Previously released on the re-release of the album of the same name and a definite
favorite with the violin singing it's haunting tune over the guitar for a back-drop to the mesmerizing mix of male and female vocals. "Russia" is formed in much
the same way featuring violin, guitar and other strings either organic or synthesized, coming together beautifully and fading softly into the finale. The ending
is perfect with a definite favorite of mine "Again, To Drift (for Veronika)". Again they put their own somber twist on it, replacing piano with guitar and
spoken word for a new masterpiece.
You can't go wrong with these original masterpieces from an influential band such as Black Tape for a Blue Girl
, so it's not small task or feat to pull
it off so nicely as this duo does with this EP. I say "well done!" and invite the reader to explore this project and this EP for some wonderful new takes on great
The Hours - Review
This excellent Italian duo is back again with another absolutely captivating album that has been stuck in my CD player and I've been having a very hard time
taking out to give other bands a turn.
So we have another excellent set of eleven tracks ranging through melancholy themes with soft piano, guitar, fluit, subtle electronics and hauntingly beautiful
male and female vocals.
The hauntingly sad guitar piece "Angelike" with the equally distraught lyrics are sung perfectly on this piece and though the vocals play a minimal part, it really
makes this piece whole. The somber moods are amplified in the next piece "Notti Bianche" with the use of violin, guitar and piano to portray the beauty
behind the mixed male and female vocals. I could go on and on about each track on this album, each one just as haunting, just as beautiful, just as
magnificent as the previous. Whether it be these two introductory tracks or the dark and haunting piece "The Waves" or the slightly minimalistic track
"Presagio Triste", the beauty shines through, whether sad, haunting or sincerely loving. This latter piece with it's simple piano and Viola's mesmerizing vocals
is awesome. These vocals make me swoon whenever I hear them throughout this entire album. That's not to say that Federico's vocals are not as captivating
or haunting, they come out well on many pieces including "Absence" which adds to the underlying sadness present in the lyrics.
The album comes with a nice booklet with beautiful artwork and photographs of Viola and Federico. This makes the package complete as you can see as well as
hear the inner beauty of this work. The booklet also contains the lyrics for the songs, which is a great help since the somber vocal styles make it slightly
difficult to interpret and understand them. The lyrics provide the story, the overall meaning of the tracks that the music and vocals portray so well.
We have here another excellent work that fans should just love. I don't know what more could be asked of this duo, what has been presented is perfect,
something that will be cherished for years to come.
As You're Vanishing In Silence - Review
I first heard a selection from this album on the Cold Meat Industry
label's double-cd sampler Flowers Made Of Snow
The selection was "Sleep Now" and after hearing it I picked up this album and
have heard it several times over and enjoy every minute of it. If you've heard the sampler I refer to, then you've heard something from this group.
While the referenced track is incredible itself, the entire album pretty much defies description and has to be experienced.
"Come Close My Love" kicks off the album with a beautiful piano piece and whispered vocals draped over a backdrop of beautiful synths and strings. This
tapestry provides the setting for many of the selections on this album as it drifts through a number of melancholy pieces with eleven tracks in all.
The mixture of alternating male and female vocals provide a soft ethereal masterpiece. Federico takes the lead as vocalist on songs like "Your Silent Tears",
"She Came To Me" and "Disclose Your Eyes". These tracks show how ethereal male vocals can be captivating and smooth and provide an incredible mood combined
with this type of minimal music with acoustic guitar and beautiful piano.
Fans of the soft female-fronted ethereal music will also enjoy this album with the incredible selections that Viola provides her vocals. When I first heard
"Rain Has Fallen All The Day" I was spellbound and held captive by her siren-like vocals. But once I got to "All Day I Hear Your Voice", all hope was lost.
I knew I was hopelessly hypnotized by this duo's incredible talents. The melancholy nature of the simple and minimalistic style on this track is incredible
with the soft synths and strings in the background, the soft plucked guitar and the vocals smoothly layered over it all for something truly spectacular.
This album is something that people who love the minimalistic nature of Faith & Disease
and the romantic elements of Gothica
will enjoy. It's
definitely worth tracking down and picking up and cherishing for a very long time.
Label: Projekt Records
Label: Cold Meat Industry