BWR123 IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE - Same
Il Tempio delle Clessidre is a new Italian band that tries to express ideas and music with the typical ’70 progressive rock sound. Elisa Montaldo, a keyboardist and composer fond of progressive rock and Stefano “Lupo” Galifi, exceptional singer in “Zarathustra”, the progressive masterpiece by the famous Italian band Museo Rosenbach, met in 2006 and started the project Il Tempio delle Clessidre (evocative name inspired by part of the suite “Zarathustra”, rivisitated in meaning and concept) . The band performs the whole “Zarathustra” in two concerts and the voice of Stefano returns to the audience with the original strenght and his typical “blues hue”. After several changes in line-up the band, finally formed by Stefano “Lupo” Galifi on vocals, Elisa Montaldo on keyboards, Giulio Canepa on guitar, Fabio Gremo on bass and Paolo Tixi on drums, starts to work on their own new compositions and ideas: improvisations, studies, efforts and research of sounds are all important parts in the birth of the omonimous opera: the songs all enclose the passion for progressive, hard rock, doom and symphonic music and it’s a spontaneous stream of emotions and melodies. Elisa wants to give to the project a defined style, the music is strictly linked to the images, lyrics and graphics: the logo is designed as a symbol, a sort of esoteric seal where time, space and infinity melt in the same center. The cover is a symbolic idea of an unknown time and melting of elements and it was developed by drawings, proofreading, discussions, study of colours by hand just like in the ‘70. Each song tries to express a different atmosphere, the arrangements are often difficult but in the meantime pleasant to be heard, the selection of keyboard sounds is refined and emotional, with a large use of vintage sounds like Mellotron, the vocal melodies try to describe and attend the lyrics and to put in evidence the great tone colour of Stefano Galifi’s voice.
In this album there are light and darkness, joyful and doomy moments, fast and slow parts; all musicians are involved and put their personal touch into the music. There could be found influences of King Crimson, Genesis, Gentle Giant and even a strong link to Italian progressive like Le Orme, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Balletto di Bronzo, Museo Rosenbach. Il Tempio delle Clessidre inserted also some acoustic instruments to make the sound warmer and true: acoustic guitar, acoustic piano, concertina, occasional and strange percussions, even a church organ for the final of the song “Faldistorum” to give more mysticism and gothic attitude to this two-parts instrumental suite describing a witches’ Sabba.
Stefano “Lupo” Galifi makes a stab at singing new songs after more than 30 years from “Zarathustra” and his energy gives life to a new entusiasm where the voice expresses his incredible passion for music: powerful in the hard rock style songs, warm and deep in ballads.
Il Tempio delle Clessidre tries to bring the listener into their many-sided world and to shed some light to make reflections on human condition. Music is a metaphor of life itself and for Il Tempio delle Clessidre progressive is the best “musical” way of speaking to sensible and intellective souls.
Insolita parte di me
Le due metà di una notte
La stanza nascosta
Danza esoterica di Datura
Il centro sottile
Antidoto mentale -bonus track (only on cd)
Il Tempio delle Clessidre is:
Stefano “Lupo” Galifi: Vocals
Elisa Montaldo: Pianoforte, Tastiere, Organo, Concertina, Voce, Rumori
Fabio Gremo: Basso
Giulio Canepa: Chitarre
Paolo Tixi: Batteria
BLACK WIDOW 2010