Parafulmini — Tenere Fuori dalla Portata dei Bambini
(Lizard , 2017, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2018-08-10
Here is another oddball release out of Italy. Parafulmini, Italian for lightning rods, has just released Tenere Fuori dalla Portata dei Bambini (Keep Out of the Reach of Children), a set of 17 rough cut instrumental tracks clocking in at 51 minutes. Some are grouped into suites, such as “Parafulmini Suite,” “Idraulici in Vacanza,” and “Una Settimana di Bontà.” But all tracks are connected by a silly sci-fi story: Parrucchieri all”Ultraspazio (Hairdressers from Outer Space). Parafulmini calls their music Prurf, a combination of surf and progressive rock, along with a range of music in between. The trio Marco Bigliazzi (drums), Riccarso Zini (bass and baritone sax), and Filippo Brilli (saxes and guitar) run through these tracks at first blush, as a garage band. But the closer you listen you begin to glean that there is something sophisticated going on here. Riccardo is an outstanding bass guitarist who propels the music. What may start out sounding like surf rock, for example “T’arraffo e T’aruffo” morphs into a dissonant jam. Other tracks stray off into jazz fusion territory along with time signature changes. Then there is “Idraulici in Vacanza - Acqua a Pedale” that begins with liquid sounds and a rapid guitar riff and morphs into straight ahead I-VI-V-I garage surf rock, to be followed by “Idraulici in Vacanza - Pedale ad Acqua” with synths that take the listener into jazz fusion. The title track goes in an entirely different direction and closes with the only vocals, the opening lyric from Mama Cass’ ”Dream a Little Dream of Me.” This is a fun album, with the cover art making me think of Pink Panther animation.
Related artist(s): Parafulmini
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more
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