The band Raven Sad have recently released the album The Leaf And The Wing, and with six epic song and two short songs. The album last as much as 63 minutes and 55 seconds, and this a length often was usually used by the bands in the golden 70s.
The Raven Sad were born in 2005 as a solo project by guitarist Samuele Santanna, a psychedelic/progressive musician from Prato, who has been active in the Tuscan underground circuit for several years. The first demo Raven Sad And Other Stories was recorded in a few days and sent to the most important independent record labels. Many of them respond, but Lizard Records is the most suitable choice.
Samuele Santanna’s music is in fact stylistically open and difficult to catalogue and this goes well with the philosophy of Loris Furlan’s label. Loris proposes to Samuele the collaboration with Marco Tuppo (former leader of Nema Niko), with the aim of giving his compositions a more electronic and alienating touch, without distorting Samuele Santanna’s psych/prog/folk inclinations. From this experience was born in 2008 the first studio album by Raven Sad, Quoth, which in addition to Marco Tuppo sees the participation of many other musicians.
It is no coincidence that Samuele Santanna , referring to Raven Sad, often speaks of «Laboratory of emotional experimentation», wanting to highlight the openness of the project towards collaborations with other musicians, with the common aim of walking together the paths of emotions. Quoth, receiving excellent reviews and reaching the finals of the Italian Prog Awards in the category Best debut album, conveys the name Raven Sad in the Italian progressive environment, and also in the international one.
Without wasting time, Samuele Santanna, with the experience of the first album and with the typical attitude of the multi-instrumentalist/producer, composes and records another album, We Are Not Alone, also published by Lizard in July 2009. The album is a concept based on cosmic questions, in which the author wonders whether the earthlings are the only intelligent race to inhabit the universe. It is not intended to provide scientific answers to this question, but rather We Are Not Alone is an ideal soundtrack for possible reflections on this theme. Musically, in this new work, Floydian and ambient memories are more marked in the author’s background.
Even if in a less massive way, also We Are Not Alone sees the participation of other musicians, among which Fabrizio Trinci, Marco Chiappini of Gandalf’s Project and the jazz musician Gilberto Giusto on sax. The critics welcome the record and it is again nominated by the Italian Prog Awards in the Best Italian Albu and Best Artwork categories. Meanwhile, live activities and new artistic collaborations are planned. With the intention of bringing the project live, Samuele Santanna starts thinking about a real band. This is how the Raven Sad project becomes a real band abandoning the status of one man project.
The keyboardist Fabrizio Trinci, who had already lent his keyboards on both Quoth and We Are Not Alone, joins the group and with him Simone Borsi on drums and Leonardo Barontini on bass. With this new line-up Raven Sad participate in the Record Store Day in Prato, record an episode of Sonar for the web tv UnoTV and are about to compose and record the third and new album. Just on the eve of the recordings of the third album Leonardo Barontini leaves the band and in his place enters Giulio Bizzarri, an old friend of the band, with whom they finish the recordings of Layers Of Stratosphere released in December 2011.
On April 17, 2018 Samuele Santanna’s band returns to the track with a new line-up and a fourth album in the pipeline. For the occasion Samuele Santanna makes official the entry into the band of Gabriele Marconcini, former vocalist of Biofonia and Merging Cluster, Marco Geri on bass and Francesco Carnesecchi on drums, while his longtime friend Fabrizio Trinci sits on keyboards.
1. Legend #1 (1:27)
2. The Sadness Of The Raven (9:30)
3. City Lights And Desert Dark (10:21)
4. Colorbox (8:15)
5. Approaching The Chaos (9:12)
6. Ride The Tempest (11:32)
7. Absolution Trial (9:50)
8. Legend #2 (3:48)
Total Time 63:55
Gabriele Marconcini: Lead vocals
Samuele Santanna: Electric and acoustic guitars
Fabrizio Trinci: Moog, Fender Rhodes, synth, piano, organ and backing vocals
Marco Geri: Bass
Francesco Carnesecchi: Drums