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Wish — Stay Here My Friends
(Bandcamp no#, 2019, CD / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-06-30

Stay Here My Friends Cover art

Wish is an Italian neo-prog band with roots going back to September 1992. They dabbled with songwriting with a concept album in mind. Years passed with families, children, work, and life in general demanding their attention. Finally in the mid-2000s they decided to create their own small studio and began to seriously record their music, which after several years culminated in their 2019 debut album, Stay Here My Friends. The album focuses on an essential concept: friendship as a defense to the trials and tribulations of their daily lives. The album contains two instrumentals and four songs, with each song addressing the difficulties of each band member in their emotional and religious choices. “Deep Wish” concerns attempting to heal emotional wounds, “Dancing with Myself” concerns a troubled individual who may be mentally unstable, “Church” concerns the numerology of seven in Christianity, and "Stay Here My Friends” is a plea to the singer’s friends not to leave him behind. The wonderfully beautiful music is dominated by Hammond organ and melodic guitar, augmented by Mellotron and string synths plus bass and percussion. The two instrumentals, “Like a Yes” and “Scrambled Eggs,” are prime examples of neo-Italian prog. And to top things off, “Church” features a fantastic catherdral organ that augments the gothic nature of the song. The only thing about the album that I do not understand are the astronaut monks on the cover art. Lovely artwork, but an obscure meaning there.

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