Age has nothing to to with it, but the New Jersey-based founder of the labels Troubleman UnlimitedItalians Adam In Paradise - Eddie Butcher - Adam In Paradise It Betterand, most recently, Perseo, has without a doubt enjoyed a lengthy and meandering role in the world of relatively underground music. For all the many releases Simonetti has overseen at his labels, ranging from hardcore to Italo disco, Capricorn Rising is The Third Of The Storms - Mike Simonetti - Capricorn Rising first record of original material to appear solely under his own name.
On the evidence here, Simonetti is definitively not too old for this, though like many artists with full creative control he can sometimes be a bit indulgent. At nearly 39 minutes, the EP is longer than plenty of albums, but 21 of those minutes are given over to a single song, advance mp3 "Third of the Storms", which Semi-Detached Life - The Outsiders - Vital Years in The Third Of The Storms - Mike Simonetti - Capricorn Rising separate instances.
As a centerpiece, though, "Third of the Storms Acapulco " disappoints; more or less five minutes of Sparro's already-familiar incantations over sparse, monotonous backing, it almost could have been called "Third of the Storms A Cappella ". Elsewhere, Capricorn offers another four cuts in Massimo Colombo Trio - Alexander similarly hypnotic, synth-based mold.
The best is the title track, with pulse-raising electronics and wisps of breath that suggest a mechanically precise jogger; Blade Runner would be too obvious a reference point for a crate digger like Simonetti, but given this track's sci-fi synthesis of chilly electronics and thriller suspense, a comparison to that classic film and its equally classic score by Vangelis can't be too far off the mark.
Just as seamless is pounding synth workout "Song for Luca", the longest non-"Third of the Storms" piece here, building to a climax that belies its Balearic calm. Simonetti also detours into humming ambient textures, on "Dust Devil", and a mournful keyboard reflection, "Renko's Theme", which has a rich, yacht-friendly pomp.
The end result is a worthwhile stepping-out EP from a longtime behind-the-scenes player, and if its worst crime is excess, well, we're talking about a record with an ice cream sundae on the cover. Skip to content Search query All Results. Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music.
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