AETHER

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“Aether” is a project that combines progressive rock, jazz and ambient elements.

Born almost by chance at the end of 2021 from the meeting of four musicians with eclectic experiences, and initially in order to work on some tracks for bassist Andrea Grumelli's Jazz graduation thesis. Since the beginning the main aim was to stray away from the boundaries of Mainstream Jazz and integrate the various, more modern, influences of post-rock and progressive rock. This is how the basis of the sound of “Aether” was born, in which jazz-like harmony and atmospheres of the Northern European jazz school are accompanied by sounds and rhythmic solutions typical of progressive-rock, with the use of synthesizers and electronics.

The project immediately extended beyond its initial goal, to rework the songs and then complete the tracklist for the first album.

“Aether” was recorded at Guscio Recording Studios, Caminett Studio, XLR Studio and mixed at
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AETHER Aether album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Aether
Nu Jazz 2023

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Nu Jazz 2023
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AETHER Aether

Album · 2023 · Nu Jazz
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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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