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Sunday 16 September 2018
Concert The Aristocrats, Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer
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|Genre||Progressive / Neoprog / RIO|
|Omschrijving||Italian band Magnolia is back... with fire.
Five years after “La Zona d’Ombra”, the band
released Con Fuoco (With fire).
While Con Fuoco is not a concept album there is
nonetheless a thin red line that goes through
all the tracks and connects them to a shared
theme: resistance against oppressive regimes,
past and present.
The album opens with the title track, an
instrumental with clear hard rock influences.
After the opener the album takes a faster pace
and an angry, fighting stance with songs like
Rivolta (Revolt), inspired by early 21st
century No-Global movements and their struggles
and Gea that envisions the rebellion of the
cradle of Western culture against the
speculations of the latest years. Anger
subsides into melancholy in Syrma, inspired by
the desaparecidos and the Latin America
dictatorships. Syrma is the album’s first long
track and probably the most “progressive”, with
repeated and sudden tempo changes and melodic,
mellower arpeggios dueting with explosive,
powerful instrumental sections. The same
alternance between slower, mellower passages
and frantic, hectic ones is found in Terre di
mezzo (Lands in-between), the second long track
dedicated to the tragic, unending war between
Israel and Palestine, featuring an orchestra
finale that is beyond doubt one of the peaks of
the whole album.
Con Fuoco’s final track is a 3 part suite which
is actually one of the band’s first work dating
back to the late 90s: Luna del viandante (The
Wanderer’s moon), an intimate and personal
track that represets at the same time a
departure from the rest of the album and a trip
back to the dreamlike, outside-time-and-space
atmospheres which are a trademark of Magnolia,
atmospheres that enhance and bring at the
forefront the crystal clear, poetic and, in
this track, stunningly poignant and intense
voice of the vocalist.
Once again Magnolia have demonstrated that they
walk their own path, far away from traditional
labels and genres: a band with Italian lyrics
engulfed in a typical British sound, a band
that combines a Wilson-esque “kaleidoscope”
sound with deeply emotional and socially
oriented lyrics akin to some works by Fabrizio
De André. In short, a mix that we could call