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

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more

2020-03-17
Cruise to the Edge and Seaprog 2020 Festivals Postponed – The worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus has started to produce casualties in the music world, and festivals are not immune. We've had word that both the Cruise to the Edge (originally slated for March 27 - April 1) and Seaprog (originally June 5-7) have been postponed to later dates, with those dates to be announced. » Read more

2020-03-06
McCoy Typer RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz, McCoy Tyner. His tenure with John Coltrane in the early 60s includes some of the most treasured recordings of the era, including My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. After leaving Coltrane's group, he had a long and successful solo career. He was 81. » Read more

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Neo - Broadcast – Prog rock super groups just won't go away. First there was Transatlantic (the rumor is that Neo were going to originally call themselves Non-Pacific as a joke) and now we have this ensemble, founded...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues