Exposé Online banner

Sintesi del Viaggio di Es — Il Sole alle Spalle
(Lizard Locanda del Vento LDV012, 2018, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2018-08-19

Il Sole alle Spalle Cover art

Il Sole alle Spalle by the new Italian band Sintesi del Viaggio di Es is the last of the batch of Lizard Record releases I received this spring. Sintesi del Viaggio di Es is Nicola Alberghini (drums and percussion), Marco Giovannini (vocals), Eleonora Montenegro (flute and tin-whistle), Sauro Musi (electric and acoustic guitars), Maurizio Pezzoli (keyboards), and Valerio Roda (bass), with Valerio, Marco, and Sauro coming from the 70s Italian prog band Sithonia. Il Sole alle Spalle extends what Sithonia started in the 70s and 80s through to today. Valerio wrote all of the music and lyrics for the eight songs on this album. The result is beautiful Italian prog with more than a passing reference to Le Orme. I think that it must be Marco’s exquisite tenor that draws most of the comparisons. Then there is Eleonora’s beautiful flute interweaving throughout that enhances the poetic sweetness and occasional bucolic passages of the music. I particularly enjoyed “Il Patto non Scritto” with its fantastic organ, electric guitar, and inspired synths that build to a wonderful climax. And the closing title track is tour de force 15-minute symphonic prog rock suite. Il Sole alle Spalle is sure to please all fans of classic Italian prog rock.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): Sintesi del Viaggio di Es

Latest news

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Haystacks Balboa - Detoxified – This one came out around 1970, a one-off by a New York based band whose members weren't even listed on the LP jacket, and were never heard from again, so far as this writer knows. For some unknown...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues