AMS releases the acoustic experiment of the Italian prog-rock band, recorded during Trasimeno Prog Festival. ’70s folk, jazz-rock, songwriting, classical and symphonic music for the powerful sextet Il Bacio Della Medusa. AnimAcusticAth is the e new live album by Il Bacio della Medusa!Listen at Bandcamp.
AnimAcusticA is the second live album by Il Bacio della Medusa, a progressive rock band from Perugia, Umbria, considered one of the Italian prog leading bands of the recent decades. After the stylistic change impressed in the eclectic Seme*, their last studio album released in 2018, one year later they decided to try an acoustic experiment: a successful move, as showed by this new release.
AnimAcusticA was recorded live on Saturday 19 October 2019; the event, organized by Trasimeno Prog, was set in a historical context such as that of the Palazzo della Corgna in Castiglione del Lago (PG), whose paintings and walls date back to the 16th century. There is no doubt that this setting has benefited the performance of a band who use, especially on a lyrical level, to draw inspiration from historical events and legends dating back various centuries ago: something that makes Il Bacio Della Medusa unique in the entire Italian prog-rock scene.
First of all, AnimAcusticA amazes for its flawless crystal clear sound, so pristine that it can easily be mistaken for a studio album. The quality of the arrangements is also positively surprising; for one evening, they forced the band to transform into an ‘all-round’ sextet, capable of combining various musical genres with incredible ease, including ’70s folk, jazz-rock, classical and symphonic music, and songwriting. Even in their acoustic version, the original songs lose none of their strength and pathos, which is even more apparent in the case of the modern tracks taken from the most recent album Seme*.
In the end, the band also offer the unreleased Testamento Di Un Poeta (A Poet’s Testament), to enrich the album track list. It’s a studio recording, a sort of poignant Bossa Nova in which the Poet sings his farewell to life and to the woman he loves. AnimAcusticA proves to be a successful experiment, confirming once again the skills of a unique band that will undoubtedly be able to give new emotions with their next, awaited studio album.
1. Preludio: Il Trapasso
2. Confessione d’un Amante
3. Il Vino (Breve delirio del vino)
4. La Sonda
5. 5 e 1/4… Fuori dalla Finestra il Tempo è Dispari
6. Animatronica Platonica
8. Uthopia… il Non Luogo
9. Scorticamento di Marsia
10. Cantico del Poeta Errante
11. De Luxuria, et De Ludo, et De Taberna
12. Testamento d’un Poeta
Il Bacio della Medusa:
Simone Cecchini: vocals, acustic guitar 6 & 12 strings
Diego Petrini: drums, piano, synth, mellotron
Federico Caprai: Bass
Simone Brozzetti: Electric Guitar
Eva Morelli: flute, alto & soprano sax, piccolo
Simone “Il Poca” Matteucci: Electric Guitar