Calomito are an avante-prog band hailing from Italy. They released their debut Inaudito in 2005 and have followed it with their brand new CD Cane di schiena. This is a good album which may take a few listens to fully appreciate as the band is definitely not main stream prog. They display a quirky approach to music and melody that should satisfy listeners who appreciate the more adventurous side of progressive rock. Their music also leans toward folk, Canterbury and jazz. The band does a nice job throwing acoustic instruments like violin, viola, saxophone and trombone into the pot with more traditional rock instruments making for an exciting and rewarding listen.
Some of my favourites include the Middle Eastern tinged "Antenna" with layers of violin and viola and shifting moods of intensity and the enigmatic "Klez" where gentle guitar and woodwinds leads to more intense rhythms and some pretty wild electric guitar complete with plenty of growling feedback and heavy riffs. The song builds to a cacophonous crescendo before ending with the sounds of birds singing having an overall calming effect.
Other tracks include the folky Canterbury sounds of "Pappa irreale" and the complex "Infraditi" which includes everything from plucked strings to circus-like sections. The guitar work is tasty throughout and the music is spacious enough to allow all the instruments to really breathe. The drumming of Nicola Magri also deserves special mention. There is a lot going on here including a return to some Eastern based themes.
Calomito have produced a fine album with Cane di schiena and should satisfy proggers delving into the more experimental side of progressive rock, especially if you dig artists like Frank Zappa and Henry Cow. Be sure to check this one out. This is an AltrOck Production.
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