L'Albero del Veleno — Le Radici del Male
(Lizard no#, 2013, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2013-08-28Since this band claims horror and thriller soundtracks as part of their inspiration, I prepared for this writing by pulling out a few Goblin albums to refresh my memory. It's always nice to have an excuse to revisit something like Il Fantastico Viaggio del "Bagarozzo" Mark, so thank you, L'Albero del Veleno, for the opportunity. But I'm not reviewing Goblin here, so we'll move along to Le Radici del Male. This band has the advantage of not actually having to tie their music to a movie, so they don't have to do silly disco tracks like you'd find on a European film of the 70s - a plus right off the bat. Bagarozzo Mark turned out to be a really good mood-setter, as it's the most progressive and least soundtrack-like Goblin I've heard. (I know there's more to Albero's inspiration than just Goblin, but I have to go with what I know.) Aside from any questions of origin, this is solid music, well written, with enough stylistic variety to keep things interesting, but not so much as to be incoherent. The melodies are solid, whether presented on keyboards, guitar, violin, cello, or whatever. The arrangements are lush but not bombastic. Each of these tracks accompanies (or is accompanied by) a short film made especially for it, but when presented with only the audio, it's the kind of music you can put on, close your eyes, and drift off with the movie your own brain produces for it. Which is to say that it works admirably on its own. I'm looking forward to more from this poison tree... DVD perhaps?
Related artist(s): L'Albero del Veleno
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more