Alio Die "Honeysuckle" CD
As usual for Alio Die during the last year or so, this Italian sonic sculptor returns with bunch of new titles on his own Hic Sunt Leones label. I already inspected Stefano's extraordinary co-work with fellow Italians, Aglaia, entitled "Vayu Rouah", now it's time to take a closer look at his solo effort "Honeysuckle".
The album opens with 24 minutes long overturing title composition that unfolds into spiraling and tranquilly floating texture, calm and serene with hints of medieval perfumes. This piece moves rather monotonously during the first half, but later it slowly evolves and shifts into more breathing and joyful mood. Following composition, "Innamorato", is strongly meditative texture again featuring Alio Die's trademarking ingredients and approach. At the beginning it floats the same way, again with medieval touch, but sounding more acoustic with the zither put more into the fore. "Innamorato" is highly mesmerizing and heart touching!!! Remaining part of the album is entitled "Honey Mushroom" and consists of three parts. The first part, clocking to nearly 20 minutes, is dreamy, emotionally driven, another heartwarming song, later euphorically colored with tenderly tinkling strings of zither and reaching the realm of pure and majestic beauty!!! Yes, Alio Die at its most splendor and elegant artistry!!! Part II has slightly more nostalgic feel, but still with genuinely captivating and serene mood. Closing part III keeps nostalgia from the previous piece, puts the acoustics more into the action, yet still marvelously floating and hauntingly expressive. Absolutely gorgeous!!!
Yes, "Honeysuckle" is beautifully gracious, graceful and majestic, just like the complete cover artwork featuring paintings by Tino Rodriguez on 6-panel digipak. Alio Die's music is one of a kind and if you feel it, then it's truly rewarding experience!!!
Richard Gürtler (Sep 03, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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