Exposé Online banner

Ingranaggi della Valle — Warm Spaced Blue
(Black Widow BWRCD 191-2, 2016, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-02-18

Warm Spaced Blue Cover art

Warm Spaced Blue is the second release by Ingranaggi della Valle. Whereas their 2013 debut release In Hoc Signo had its roots in 70s Italian prog, the band decided to go in an entirely different direction with Warm Spaced Blue. The whole tone of the album is quite dark with obvious references to HP Lovecraft’s Chtulhu Mythos. The band used a different compositional method from their debut by letting the music dominate over the instruments, with each band member contributing. Each of the six compositions has a similar shape with an intro, crescendos, diminuendos, quiet interludes, and energetic passages that revolve around central themes. Even though there are intermittent short vocal passages, each track is essentially an instrumental played on a wide range of instruments from Mellotrons, Moogs, Hammond organ, guitars, flute, glockenspiel, and violin to Roland drum machines, Akai MPC, and Kaoss Pad. Ingranaggi della Valle integrate the gothic horror of the gibbering and slathering chaotic minions in Chtulhu's underwater city R’lyeh with progressive jazz rock fusion, chamber rock, and a hint of Frippian King Crimson chord progressions and dissonance. Each composition goes through so many changes that you won’t lose interest. Three of the tracks are different movements for “Call of Chtulhu,” that sets the tone. The other tracks are “Inntal,” an Alpine valley in Switzerland; “Lada Niva,” the Russian SUV; and “Ayida Wedo,” voodoo’s rainbow serpent. An intriguing range of topics that I find challenging to connect with the music. It is refreshing to see young band take a risk with a new direction and not be afraid to explore a different genre after a successful first release.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): Ingranaggi della Valle

More info
http://ingranaggidellavalle.bandcamp.com/album/warm-spaced-blue

Latest news

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ars Nova - Chrysalis – I know this band from The Goddess of Darkness and Book of the Dead, both from the 90s. The Goddess of Darkness is a near masterpiece of bombastic prog. Despite several changes in line up, Ars Nova...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues