Maybe for the similarity with the well-known software of Steinberg, but at first sight with the cover of this album by the Cube Loose I was expecting something closer to electronic music. When the first track began to move my speakers, it took a few seconds to realize that this “Forme e Cristalli”, by the Roman band with a bit of Naples in the blood, has little in common with electronic music and with everything can invoke the concept of synthetic.
It must be said that since the first listen, one of the things that struck me most is the large amount of contamination present in the music of this band. It’s clear that the nine tracks of “Forme e Cristalli” are the result of a targeted research and a successful attempt to combine genres and musical forms of the Italian songwriting with musical worlds that deviate from them, both geographically and stylistically.
As the tracks goes by, there are inevitable references to the paladins of our country’s songwriting, something of Fossati, Conte and Capossela jump to the ears and accompanies us throughout the trip.
Luckily, the references to Italian singers are just a starting point, the typical structure of songwriting, is immediately supported by stylistic choices that seem not to give any restriction about the sound and arrangement.
From this blend of elements born 9 Songs – gems of jazz, bossa nova, folk, prog, bordering the Mediterranean Sea. What left me fascinated is the apparent simplicity with which the Cube Loose manage to bring together all these elements in the aforementioned song format. It’s enough to read the credits of the cd to realize that the five band-members have years of experience in very high levels of the Italian music scene. In my opinion, this is the secret weapon of the project: four excellent musicians, each with a great versatility and even greater sensitivity, who join their forces to produce something beautiful. Beautiful for how it’s composed, mainly, but above all for how it’s played and for the large amount of talent that oozes from every note. “Forme e Cristalli” is certainly not an innovative album, is certainly not an experimental album, but it’s definitely a profound album, a poetic album but mostly an soaked-in-art-album.
From the first listen you realize that the “cards” are all right: refined texts, classy arrangements, perfect joints between the musicians, excellent choice of sounds and “colors” constantly able to evoke the atmosphere of the cheerful Mediterranean Sea and alternate them with apparent simplicity to those of smoky jazz clubs.
The “retrò” feel of this album is an added value to the romance and poetry that characterize it.
In the reviews it’s usual to recommend a particular song, but in this occasion it is really difficult, in my opinion “Forme e Cristalli” shall be considered in its entirety, it’s an album that seems to flow from the first to the last second, balanced. Particularly cheerful the atmosphere of “Sometimes Margherita”, “Orquestra” and Placido Mandingo; mellow “Esodida” it’s a sure emotional impact. This album is a really nice trip and it’s really hard to capture the essence of this work unless it is considered in its entirety: this is not an album for a mp3 player, this is something to be heard in front of a good vintage rum and maybe a Cuban cigar, even better in lp.