The zoo in Kristiansand in Norway has a particularly famous chimpanzee named Julius and which many people think is funny, but I do not think that Julius is funny! Significantly more fun and exciting is to hear that the band Julius Project tomorrow will release the album Cut The Tongue.
Between 1978 and 1981, Giuseppe «Julius» Chiriatti writes Cut The Tongue, a concept-album that, after 40 years, will see the light with the Julius Project At dawn on New Year’s Day in 1978, Julius was writing Clouds (p.1), the first song of what would become his concept-album Cut The Tongue. Over the next three years he conceived another sixteen songs including the last, Desert Way, which was completed in January 1981.
Cut The Tongue is a progressive rock album with roots in the seventies but an eye to the present world of music featuring members from Jumbo and Maxophone as well as a cameo by Richard Sinclair. G.T. Music Distribution will distribute the album, and Julius Project is a music collective led by Giuseppe «Julius» Chiriatti and coordinated by the ex-member of the group Jumbo, Paolo Dolfini.
The genesis of the whole project has been long and engaging: born in ’56, Julius has gathered wide musical experience on and off stage as a keyboardist in several bands, earning himself a reputation in native Salento. One of the core songs in the album, Clouds, dates back to New Year’s Eve of 1978; most of the remaining songs were then composed in the following three years with the last one, Desert Way, completed in January 1981.
Many musicians were involved in the recording process: Bianca Berry (Julius’ daughter), main vocals, Filippo Dolfini on drums and Marco Croci (formerly from Maxophone) on bass and vocals; they built the framework onto which the whole album was assembled. Afterwards, unique contributions were added by two other former Jumbo members – Dario Guidotti on flute and vocals and Daniele Bianchini on guitar – and by guitarist Flavio Scansani. in addition to Julius himself on keyboards and vocals in some tracks, other musicians contributed to the album: Francesco Marra and Mario Manfreda on guitars, Egidio Presicce on saxophone and Martina Chiriatti on vocals.
In 2019 Julius composed the last song, Cut the Tongue, working with lyrics of the time; the title-track features the unique contribution from Richard Sinclair (formerly from Caravan, Hatfield And The North, Camel and an undisputed protagonist in the Canterbury progressive scene) who gifted Julius Project with his voice.
Finally, mixing and mastering were carried out at RecLab Studios in Buccinasco (Milan, Italy), in August 2020 thanks to the experience and inspiration of Larsen Premoli. He, too, was fascinated by the history of the project, «and was excited to put an end to an album who began seeing the light of day in 1978».
Bianca Berry – lead vocal
Marco Croci – bass, lead & backing vocals
Filippo Dolfini – drums
Francesco Marra – acoustic, 12 strings & electric guitar
Mario Manfreda – 12strings & electric guitar
Paolo Dolfini – keyboards, backing vocals
Julius – keyboards, lead & backing vocals
Richard Sinclair – lead vocal
Dario Guidotti – flute, lead vocal
Daniele Bianchini – lead guitar
Flavio Scansani – 12strings & electric guitar
Egidio Presicce – sax
Martina Chiriatti – the prophet’s voice
Lyrics and music: Giuseppe Chiriatti
Arrangements: Paolo Dolfini
1. The Fog (6:27)
2. In the Room (3:40)
3. You Need a Prophet (3:30)
4. Mask & Money (4:23)
5. Welcome to the Meat Grinder (3:10)
6. Speed Kings (3:33)
7. Clouds pt. 1 (3:06)
8. Clouds pt. 2 (4:45)
9. Cut the Tongue (5:06)
10. The Swan (2:17)
11. Island (1:56)
12. We Know We Are Two (2:06)
13. I See the Sea (3:07)
14. Glimmers (3:55)
15. Castaway (1:07)
16. Wood on the Sand (3:06)
17. Wandering (1:39)
18. Desert Way (2:53)