La Camera Incantata 3. Serenata in Do maggiore 5. Haermea 6. Torniamo a Salonicco? Serenata in Mi maggiore 8. Ursa Major. Haermea shows that the transitional phase of the artist is - finally - completed and that he, after two years from the previous work, comes back with a still "zappaesque" album but differently concepted, written and arranged. Atmosphere is somehow deeper and .Og Spjuta Fauk - Perished - Kark with hints of "modernity".
Torniamo a Salonicco - Riccardo Zappa - Haermea get me wrong. The usual strong classic roots are not gone, neither his sound is changed. It's refined though and finally demonstrating that the Celestion-Chatka formula was not a cage. Keyboards here have a different role and meaning. Pietro Pellegrini ex Alphataurus manages to give 'em more importance even to build some "symphonic" scenarios in parts of the songs as, for example, in the final parts of "Serenata in Mi Maggiore" 4,44 Torniamo a Salonicco - Riccardo Zappa - Haermea and of the closer "Ursa Major" 5,52 mns.
Keyboards are generally played more loudly than ever before. Album's structure is based upon eight track between 4 and 6 minutes each. There is no longer composition. Musicians are Sailing On The Tide - Carpenters - Voice Of The Heart to a trio.
Riccardo Zappa on guitars and bass, Pietro Pellegrini on keyboards and synth, Walter Calloni on drums and percussions. The record opens with " Hertz" 3,42 mns "tragically". The word is perhaps the most The Long Walk - Afterimage - Anthology, I presume, for who knows the artist only for his first and second efforts. A hard acoustic guitar based played in fast tempo that, gradually, becomes explosive!
Zappa playes also some electric guitar The song starts in a soft and dark mood progressively changing into a in a more aggressive acoustic guitar musicianship with the help of good keyboards and with a strong drums playing, as the previous tune.
Torniamo a Salonicco - Riccardo Zappa - Haermea general atmosphere is romantic and deeper than what we're used to listen to. In the final part the song returns mellow and introduces " B" 4,48 mns which is made of more relaxing arrangement. The soft theme close side A: "Serenata in Do Maggiore" is based only on warm acoustic guitar played greatly obviously and keyboards, gently fading out.
Side B opens with a classic Zappa's track: "Haermea" 5,11 mns that appears to continue the same soft formula of the previous track but, suddenly and even without let you take a breath, erupts into a convincing work from the whole trio.
The song seem to go on without infamy nor glory only enrich by fairy colours. From the 3rd minute on keyboards take the scene and enlarge the atmosphere in a wonderful melody. Same goes for "Ubi Major" that is more complex and captivating in structure. What I could say more?
This record is fantastic, in my opinion. The best after Celestion! Let's hope BTF will go on with the work of remastering the old analogic tapes Riccardo Zappa needs and deserves a wide recognition.
If you are not familiar with his music, then i assure you are missing something amazing, he is really a monster of acoustic guitar, his superb playing and Like Cockatoos - The Cure - Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me are beautiful and everyone could be aware of that by listening to any of his songs.
In this album you will find 8 songs and a lenght of 40 minutes when besides Riccardo, we will note the work of Pietro Pellegrini who was member of Alphataurus, on keyboards and Walter Calloni on drums. The first song is entitled " Hertz" and it is a very promising opener song, a bit "strong" to be a Zappa song, i mean the playing is faster and with a happiest mood.
This album has been the less easy to review for me, my love for his 3 previous efforts grew up immediatelly, this time i had to listen to Haermea at least 10 times to even feel the need of reviewing it and of course giving support to this extraordinary musician, i dont really know what happened to me, i might have found it less interesting or pretty similar to the other ones, i dont really know, but luckily i found the way to love it as well.
My eternal thanks to Andrea Cortese for the introduction of this virtuoso, and for you people, please listen to his music, his early albums might shock you! Again, 4 stars for this! The journey of Zappa into Acoustic Prog with lots of Ethnic touches continues with this work, which is a good example that a mainly acoustic album can be much desirable among listeners of more electric textures. Additionally ''Hermaea'' contains a lot of interesting melodious themes with sensitive guitar playing and Pellegrini's background keyboard orchestrations.
The composer often flirts with some sort of Ethnic Fusion, developing from melancholic acoustic instrumentals into richer and more virtuosic ideas with accurate guitar playing and more passionate performances by drums and keyboards. Reputedly Zappa's later albums were deeped into more experimental and New Age stylings, always focusing on the inner power of acoustic music.
The man had a long collaboration with famous Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti and even composed music for films as well as reworked some Classical compositions.
Laid-back, atmospheric, Ethnic-styled instrumental music, highlighted by Zappa's diverse executions on guitars. Recommended to all fans of deep soundscapes and dreamy explorations. You must be a forum member to post a review, please Torniamo a Salonicco - Riccardo Zappa - Haermea here if you are not.
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