Anarchist Italian crossover collective Il Paradiso Degli Orchil with their third album entitled Samir. The album is a trip through prog, rock, pop, psychedelic, crossover, East and West.
They use to say that a band’s third record constitutes a fundamental chapter within their artistic path and, in this specific case, Samir is no exception. It’s a mature work that, in the words of the musicians themselves, «was conceived in Montreal, Canada, after an unforgettable night spent by the band in a strange suburbs pub, surrounded by people in the grip of acids, double-breasted pimps, drug dealers, drunks playing slot machines, tables turned upside down and the feeling that the evening could end in a really bad way. Then suddenly here’s Samir, a talkative Lebanese gentleman who works as an express courier: among real life serious speeches and absurd digressions on drones, revolutions, Neapolitan music and special cigarettes, the night ends with the promise to pay tribute to our new friend with the title of PdO’s third album».
Samir is a direct, powerful and intriguing album, twisted and unpredictable, passionate and modern, where Il Paradiso Degli Orchi mix and reinvent once again their PROP(K) MUSIC with a trip through prog, rock, pop, psychedelia, Mediterranean hints and oriental scents, all being the soundtrack to the protagonist’s thoughts. Samir is also the result of a collective work, in which all six musicians of thegroup took part, creating something strongly personal to give substance to PdO’s progressive rock model. Five tracks for about forty minutes of music where the band concentrate their imagination and move, compared to the previous records, towards more powerful sounds: epic and symphonic moments alternate with irreverent ideas and scratcy arrangements, made with an anarchic and punk attitude that often recalls the best Frank Zappa.
Il Paradiso Degli Orchi line-up:
Andrea Calzoni – flute, harm & sax
Michele Sambrici – guitars & vocals
Giacomo Piazza – allsort percussions, synth, record & mixing
Sven Jørgensen – lead vocals & guitars
Andrea Corti – bass guitar
Marco Degiacomi – drums & vocals