CD: Ark Records 
The caesura after the relentless Intro will leave you gasping for breath, a little stunned, and squirming for more from this third album of Riccardo Prencipe, who as the epicenter of this album. Respiri, is Corde Oblique, a nest not just for his own creativity but for that of six instrumentalists in the field of neo-folk – perhaps the most familiar being those from the Italian dark folk act, Argine.
a classical guitarist, one could be forgiven for premonitions of Riccardo
conjuring virtuoso lines displaying technical flair and little else yet
every track is far from a stringed masturbation. True, the guitar fingerstyle
is insuperable but it begs distance by Riccardo’s dramatic composition,
for he is a composer and it duly shows in the twining instrumentation
that covers breadth and depth of Eastern under-glow with flamenco and
jazz umbilicus. The plethora of vocalists – five – is deceptively
integrated throughout the whole album, each vocal line and spoken word
more instrument than a melodic or dominating lead, the listener will find
it difficult to espy any anomalous presence from each of the contributors’
voice. Arching violins solo as much as the exquisite guitar lines, ornately
spiraling clarinet swims inky depths, rigourous percussion hammer topography
of sinuous rhythm, pizzicato piano ripple like utopian rain; no verse,
chorus, verse, chorus, break, end, to be found.
tracks cover just over sixty minutes of high-fidelity music with the production
having as much flourish and care committed to it as the composition. Released
in a CD-slipcase with booklet of twenty pages.
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