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Area — Chernobyl 7991
(Sony Italy 486862 2, 1997, CD)

by Dan Casey, Published 1997-05-01

Chernobyl 7991 Cover art

Hmmm? A new release from Area? Yep. Fariselli, Capiozzo return with bassist Paolo dalla Porta for one of the strangest releases in a long time. Tic & Tac this is not, but it has a similar dedication to fusion-oriented melodies. Sometimes, that is. Other times the music moves through some very bizarre experimental passages, where in a minimalistic setting Fariselli noodles with some weird synth patches while Capiozzo meanders through difficult-to-identify percussive "noises". Experimental, for sure, but not in the same way of the Area of old. In a few moments of brilliance, they break-out in that Pan-Mediterranean mode that makes it instantly identifiable as Area. For the most part, this could be simply classified as more of a pure "jazz" but that would be an over-simplification. Occasional guests include a guitarist, sax, voice, and even a French horn player. Recommended to those who prefer a jazzier element to their music, and of course to Area fans. You'll be surprised (and probably not too disappointed) by this release.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 12, 1997 releases

Related artist(s): Area

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