Exposé Online banner

Electric Swan — Windblown
(Black Widow BWRCD 202-2, 2017, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-09-02

Windblown Cover art

The first thing you notice about Windblown is the fascinating cover art. There is so much movement in the picture that your eyes are drawn into it. And therefore I was expecting something entirely different for what I heard on the album. Rather than stormy Italian progressive music, Electric Swan plays a combination of blues and hard rock. Guitarist Lucio Calegari formed Electric Swan as a solo project in 2008. Lucio’s solo efforts grew into a full band with gigs at Burg Herzberg in Germany, Crescendo Festival in France, etc. Windblown is Electric Swan’s third release. Today the band consists of Lucio (guitar and vocals), Monica Sardella (lead vocals), Vincenzo Ferrari (bass), and Alessandro Fantasia (drums). They are also joined by guest musicians Sergio Battaglia (saxophone), Samuele Tesori (flute), and Paolo Negri (Hammond organ, electric piano, Mellotron, and Moog) on various songs. In addition to the eleven album tracks, there is the bonus track “Midnight,” a cover of a 1973 T. Rex B-side that was included on Black Widow’s tribute album to David Bowie and Marc Bolan. The music is sure to please fans of 70s hard and blues rock. Overall the sound reminds me of the Italian band Tale Cue. The music is filled wth blistering guitar solos, heavy bass lines, and energetic drumming. It wasn’t until the sixth song, “Sin’s a Good Man’s Brother,” that the music caught my attention. The acoustic guitar intro, heavy blues rock, and biker chick vocals are outstanding. “Beautiful Bastard” is another excellent song, especially with the addition of Sergio’s saxophone. “Here Is Nowhere” begins with a quiet flute and electric guitar duet with a jazzy vibe that builds to a rocking climax. The best track on the album is “If I’m in Luck I Might Be Picked,” with Hammond organ and gritty vocals augmenting the inspired bluesy jam of wah-wah guitar, drums, and firey guitar solo. It is hard for me to judge the T. Rex cover tune “Midnight” as I had lost interest in T. Rex and Marc Bolan after The Slider and his glam rock output. However, Electric Swan does put a considerable amount of energy into this cover along with Lucio’s blazing guitar.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Electric Swan

Latest news

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

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Unitopia - The Garden – It is quite ambitious for a group to issue a double CD of new material as their second release. Many groups are challenged to fill one disc with decent music, let alone two. In addition, much of the...  (2009) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues