Elias "ProgFather" Metallinos
This is the fourth album of Italian keyboardist Federico Fantacone (keyboards and voices) aka ORCHESTRE CELESTI in the music world (Orchestre Celesti, Celestial Orchestra otherwise, refers to an old Chinese art forgotten in contemporary era).
From the first listening experience we fully understand that this is about an excellent musician with a great talent and imagination. From “Un Prologo” until “Musica” the rhythm and pattern alternations are constant and evolving. Federico Fantacone musically unravels a carpet that winnows right and left unfolding music tapestries of his black and white keyboard stuff. Yet, there are some drawbacks that I’d like to highlight a little bit here.
I’d stick to the lack of a band playing in this music album, something very important to me because, besides all this imagination and fantasy that are obvious, the sampler sounds and rhythms make songs sound almost the same and skew the creative part of the whole musical process.
I also found Federico’s vocal parts as a cons; they lack the tone color I’d expect to listen to from a RPI album. This, of course, does not denigrate the whole value of his prog work but while listening the album I wondered many times if I was listening the same vocal and music patterns again and again. “Canto Alle Nuvole” has a jazz-rock aura while songs like “I Tuoi Pensieri” brought into my mind the older KRAFTWERK works. Approaching the conclusion of “Quattro”, we encounter two excellent songs, “The Suite” and the magnificent “L’Ultimo Bolero”, with the addition of the-highly-sought-throughout-the-album guitar sound which here follows the graciously slow drum rhythm. “Quattro” ends with “Musica” (bonus track), a song which shows some more signs of a likely vocal diversity.
The participation of Antonio Zammarrelli in keys and guitar, and that of Giuzeppe Lanari in vocals and bass (see the two bonus tracks of the album) are, I think, what I missed from the main songs of that prog album.
This fourth album of ORCHESTRE CELESTI is a professional piece of musical work, ideal for a soundtrack movie in spite of the aforementioned drawbacks. This is an album that might grace a progressive rock discography with its crossover and RPI elements in the first place.