Exposé Online banner

Il Castello di Atlante — L'Ippogrifo
(Nexus KICP 2827, 1996, CD)

by Alain Lachapelle, Published 1995-11-01

L'Ippogrifo Cover art

This is the follow-up disc to the rather well-acclaimed Sono io il signore delle terra nord. To sum up Il Castello's history, it is a band that exists since 1976 but never recorded anything. A disc, Passo Dopo Passo offers live recordings (with various sound quality) from 1976 to 1984. L'Ippogrifo is their most recent offering. The album is more lyrical in its nature, with long, sometimes melancholic melodies. It is also generally quiet, rather intimate. Vocals over arpeggiated guitar with a soft rhythm section, flowing violin backed by a piano. Even when it shifts in a 'groovier' mode, it retains much of the tranquility. It may take a bit more listening to get into this album than their outwardly previous one, but it should be rewarding to amateurs of a softer progressive music. And, there's a booklet included that provides an English translation of the Italian lyrics. If I may pass on a comment here... With the increased exposure of Italian prog bands to a worldwide audience, English translations of the lyrics are a thoughtful addition.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 8, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): Il Castello di Atlante

Latest news

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

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


Previously in Exposé...

Emiliano Sicilia - Devotion Materialize – Now that we are in the era of cut-and-paste music, there are many more possibilities for bizarre juxtaposition of sounds and styles than back in the days of tape editing. Italian guitarist Emiliano...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues