Exposé Online banner

Obscura — Le Città Invisibili
(Mellow MMP 480, 2007, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2009-07-01

Le Città Invisibili Cover art

Le Città Invisibili is the debut release by Obscura, an Italian neo-prog band consisting of vocals, guitar, flute, bass, keyboards, and percussion. The title comes from the 1972 novel by Italian author Italo Calvino. Obscura play romantic symphonic progressive rock recalling the heyday of Italian progressives. However, their music is more of hybrid between the old and new, with no obvious comparisons. There are liberal doses of Mellotron, distorted guitars, beautiful piano and flute duets, orchestral and classical arrangements, and exquisite soaring guitar solos. It is a pleasure to listen to this disc. Over the course of the nine songs, Obscura seamlessly shifts styles from quiet keyboard and flute solos to high-energy rock. There is also a nod to medieval/Elizabethan music on the fifth song, “Ipazia.” Davide Cagnata’s Italian vocals are great, but secondary to the instrumentals that dominate the disc. The 14-page booklet presents the lyrics and artistic photographs, but very little information about the band. The entire package is outstanding and I highly recommend this CD to all progressive rock fans.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 37, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Obscura

Latest news

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ukab Maerd - The Waiting Room – Spelled backwards it's Dream Baku, a shaded reference to Djam Karet's A Night for Baku CD from about eight years ago. This is an improvisational project featuring founding DK members Chuck Oken and...  (2011) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues