Corde Oblique — Back through the Liquid Mirror
(Dark Vinyl DV79, 2018, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2018-08-26
Corde Oblique, the band directed by guitarist composer Riccardo Prencipe, has released seven full length albums since 2005, though their latest Back through the Liquid Mirror is my first encounter with their music. And what an amazing encounter it has been! Back through the Liquid Mirror is a live in-studio recording featuring tracks from previous releases plus covers of Anathema’s “Flying” and Sepultura’s “Kaiowas.” Now I am stumped as to how to characterize their music. It is a kind of unplugged acid rock / acid folk / etheral neo-classical music, but a convenient label does not fit nor do them justice. The musicians on this recording are Annalisa Madonna (vocals), Edo Notarloberti (violin), Umberto Lepore (bass), Alessio Sica (drums), Luigi Rubino (piano), and Riccardo Prencipe (classical, acoustic and electric guitars). And what you hear is intelligently composed, vibrant pieces with each musician performing at the peak of their ability. Riccardo knows how to squeeze the best of each musician, be it Edo’s incredible flights of fancy on the violin, Annalisa’s inspired vocals, Umberto’s propelling bass lines, Luigi’s engaging piano chops that are more than mere accompaniment, Alessio’s emotive and evocative drumming, to Riccardo’s lovely guitar passages. I find it difficult to identify specific album highlights, but I do find the swirling, intertwining violin, guitar, and vocal passages to be particularly engaging. Not only are Riccardo’s original compositions individually outstanding, the Anathema and Sepultura covers are far superior to the originals. Back through the Liquid Mirror is one fantastic album and definitely a contender for my 2018 Top Ten list!
Related artist(s): Corde Oblique / Ricardo Prencipe
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