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Album · 2023

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By AETHER

Tracklist

1. Echo Chamber 02:33
2. Radiance 04:09
3. Thin Air 04:15
4. Grey Halo 02:38
5. Pressure 04:29
6. A Gasp of Wind 05:06
7. A Yellow Tear in a Blue-Dyed Sky 02:58
8. Moving Away 04:36
9. The Shores of Bolinas 02:58
10. Crimson Fondant 05:02
11. This Bubble I'm Floating In 04:33

Line-up/Musicians

Andrea Grumelli – Bass
Andrea Serino – Fender Rhodes & Synth
Andrea Ferrari – Guitars
Matteo Ravelli – Drums

About this release

Overdub Recordings ODR 180

Engineered, Recorded by:
Lorenzo Farolfi at “Il Guscio Recording Studio” (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10)
Riccardo Rebughini at Caminett Studios (Tracks 4, 7 and 11)
Additional Recordings by Teo Ravelli at Distant Zombie Warning Studios

Thanks to snobb for the addition

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"Aether" is this Italian quartet's self-titled debut album. The band themselves state that their influences are King Crimson, ambient music and Nordic guitar jazz. Heavily based on synth/Rhodes sound, for my ears they sound more closer to mid-late 70s English prog band Camel. After the 70s, Camel lost the brilliant songwriting of their earlier music and switched towards a more synth-based sound.

Aether takes from Nordic guitar jazz its ambient sound, but leaves aside strong folkish component and icy cool aesthetics. The album's sound is warm and soft, almost polished and resonates pretty well with Italian prog bands of the 70s. Some added rockish guitar soloing doesn't generate a lot of fire and obviously is more of a decorative origin. On the more rock-like pieces, like "Pressure", "Moving Away" or "Crimson Fondant", Aether sounds like one of the many bands from the mid-late 70s.

Invoking some strong elements from a few different musical scenes, the band does inherit some known problems coming from the past as well. The lack of memorable compositions combined with a very comfortable sound can be a problem for some listeners coming from a rock background. Ambient elements, extracted from Nordic jazz don't work all that well separated from strong regional aesthetics and jazz improvisation as well as partially different techniques.

Impressive debut, taking more risks and searching for more expression of one's own face possibly will be an improvement.

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