Exposé Online banner

D.F.A. — Lavori in Corso
(Mellow MP 392, 1996/2000, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, 2017-07-13:

Lavori in Corso Cover art

When Italian progressive rock began its renaissance in the late 80s, there were a lot of powerful and notable releases, like Nuova Era's L'Ultimo Viaggio or Ezra Winston's Ancient Afternoons and over the last couple of decades the country has been bountiful in returning to its roots and reviving one of the world's greatest musical periods. However I think the one that hit the very hardest for me was the band who sidestepped the tradition to some extent and drew as much from jazz rock, space rock and other genres as those from their own country. From their very debut, D.F.A. was one of the most musically accomplished progressive rock bands of their era with a fluency at every position and were as close to perfect as a band could get across their discography before tragedy struck and the band lost their brilliant keyboardist Alberto Bonomi. D.F.A. held such a balance between complicated arranged compositions and high altitude improvisational solos and knew that part of the success of this kind of music comes with a great shot of energy and intuition as well as a sweeping and dramatic sense of musical dynamics. When they took off, they really took off and never failed to elicit goosebumps, in part due to their creation of memorable themes and melodies. As with Änglagård, there were often years between releases, but every time a new one arrived it felt that all that time was justified in the creation of a new masterpiece. Truly, one of the modern greats of progressive rock or progressive fusion.


by Mike McLatchey, 1997-10-01:

Rarely has a new Italian progressive created an album of this caliber; DFA have really put a lot of work into making an album of incredible complexity and depth for their premier run. This is Italian symphonic rock in the classic 70s style — full of organ, analog synths, excellent guitarwork and little to no vocals. The tracks are generally long and involved, with rapid paces, complex rhythmic structures, and that sense of passion that only the best of the Italians seem to know how to wring out of every note. I've heard this being compared to Deus Ex Machina, yet I think this is only due to the type of rhythmic structures involved, I don't think it's a fair comparison overall for either group. DFA have an original style all their own, at times even with all the 70s tones it sounds quite contemporary. DFA are certainly one of the brightest spots in Italy at the moment with two other D bands — Deus Ex Machina and Divae. Highly recommended, this should be on everyone's purchase list.


Filed under: Reissues , Issue 13 , 2000 releases, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): D.F.A.

More info

Latest news

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

David Torn / Mick Karn / Terry Bozzio - Polytown – David Torn (guitars, effects), Mick Karn (fretless bass) and Terry Bozzio (drums, percussion) have all been around the block, and this unlikely trio have released one of the years most interesting and...  (1994) » Read more

Už Jsme Doma - Pohádky Ze Zapotrebí – If one is wondering how to pronounce the title of the fourth album by this equally unpronounceable Czech sextet, don't feel too bad — the writer is in essentially the same boat. Just call it UJD #4....  (1996) » Read more

Brian Hopper - If Ever I Am – Canterbury fans may recall Hugh’s brother who was a member of the Wilde Flowers and played sax on Soft Machine Volume Two. Since that time Hopper was also involved in the bootleg quality...  (2006) » Read more

Steve Howe Trio - Travelling – Steve Howe’s jazzy organ trio plays with the entire groove that this traditional jazz configuration demands, and then some. Together with his oldest son Dylan on drums and Ross Stanley on...  (2011) » Read more

Abacus - Destiny – With a self-important air and a melodic core harking back to 70s progressive kitsch (think voice and piano themes in certain Styx, Foreigner or Toto songs), Abacus’ sixth studio album...  (2011) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues