Coming to SoT about four years after production, Subsidea is the first of
two CD releases from Torino, Italy's progressive rock band Contrappunto (the
second CD being Lilith). Subsidea combines several tracks from the band's
demo tapes ("Soundscapes" and "Mini-Mood") bringing together a mix of moody,
expressive progressive instrumentals and vibrant rock and jazz, interlaced
with sexy vocals.
Intelligent and complex, each track flows with a bard-like storytelling
quality, smoothly transitioning from piano ballad to nite-club band to
synth-orchestra. "Overflow" and "Right of Life", the two instrumental tracks,
set the progressive tone for most of the CD mixing electronic orchestral
sounds with rock rhythms and triumphant chord changes. The seven remaining
tracks, including "In The Silence" and "Nevermind", are heavier on the
rock influence, and add lyrics to the mix. The last track, "Bad Choice", is a
jazzy piece that doesn't quite fit the rest of the CD, but is a great
demonstration of this band's musical diversity and talent.
Despite the band's origin, pianist/keyboardist Andrea Cavallo's lyrics are
written in English prose, and lack any significant rhyme or meter. Yet,
vocalist Sara Arrigone rises to the challenge and sings the prose with a
style slightly reminiscent of Irish singers Mary Black, and the Cranberries'
For Subsidea, the band is: Sara Arrigone (Vocals), Andrea Cavallo
(Piano/Keyboard/Synth), Sebastiano Di Paola (Electric & Acoustic Guitar),
Roberto Picardi (Bass), and Christian Montanarella (Percussion). Apparently, in 1999 the band was reorganized with only Andrea and Sebastiano remaining from
the original line-up.