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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

ITALIAN REVIEW OF THE GREEN VIOLINIST

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Continuing to explore new proposals I came across this band from Belgium, led by singer and keyboardist  Vincent Dufresne, the album in question is titled   More Thrill and Never Ending Blessing.

The group's name is clearly inspired by the homonymous painting by Marc Chagall through which Dufresne tried to translate it into notes the deep feelings derived.Few fragmentary news available on the group, however, consists of six elements, in addition to the aforementioned front man are part of   P Rex  (bass),  Gabriel Peeters(drums) , Emilie Laclais  (backing vocals),  Raphael Bresler  and  Mathieu Vandermolen  ( guitars). L 'album was released by  Galileo Records.

Wanting to give a cognitive reference, a point of departure, this can not be simply represented by a name: Anathema.The sound of the Belgians it runs intuitively to that of  Cavanagh & Co. while denoting did not want to renounce to highlight their insights.The mood that often emerges from the songs, the timbre of Dufresne and in any case the use of vocals and choirs, often nostalgic atmosphere enriched with arrangements of strings, the use of electronic sounds and a touch of psychedelia make  The Green Violinist  certainly a group derivative but in the positive sense of the term.Their music is undoubtedly a progressive good profile, pretty straightforward and based on emotions, there are amazing technical performance, style exercises but a sound system directly as nice and polite.Dark soundscapes flow in listening to this album, colors and shades make their appearance in the middle of a sound shrouded in a misty solitude, the voice of Vincent Dufresne, sometimes solemn, sometimes almost sorrowful, is the glue between all seven songs included in the CD.

And 'no doubt music to images, as in the case dell'introduttiva  The Great Seeking Scapegoat ; around the singer, always on top, stretching more melodic themes cross each other and supported by a strong contribution of the arches. Appears now that aura of melancholy that will be distinctive in all the work so as to detect even the nice exchange between the voices of Emilie Dufresne and Laclais.The acoustic guitar accompanies the front man in the following  Velvet Road  that, if possible, accentuates the nostalgic and ethereal sound of the group. In these first two steps (will not be the only ones), the similarities with the  Anathema which I mentioned above are pretty obvious but it is still mere emulation.  The Green Violinist manage to infuse their music customization, something difficult to define, perhaps most elusive but perceptible.

Now completely stand-alone is certainly  Shy People  that song apart, like a piece of  REM Given that I have always appreciated the American band escapes me the way, the link (from a musical point of view) of this song entirely outside from the context. Taken in itself is pleasant but returns me the impression of a shot in the dark, it is at least unusual.

After this unexpected "obstacle" is again a bell 'guitar arpeggio to open  Do Worry Be Sad  that brings the puck towards the levels of previous pathos. In this case, the Belgian dare a mini suite 13 minutes abundant in which there is an increase in tension, emotional, a "mount" progressive dramatization which also contribute to the use of electronic sounds programmed, not the battery. Not a few psychedelic mixed type input to a 'aura ambient background.

Human Connection  outlines a scenario cold and sad, cold and distressed; plan overlaps with a repetitive guitar arpeggio, games and inlays of items that disrupt one of Dufresne in a ballad sad and depressing.

Any Words You Say Will not Be Enough  is crossed by a greater pace but retains, especially in the timbre of the singer, the usual melancholy vein. Great use of violins for a major exhibition and a short guitar solo distinguish the song.

The weir is entrusted to  Bad Inheritance (A Song To Cure)  that manages to combine the two main aspects, namely the painful and restless with the rhythm. The plan is always in the front row to draw the line to follow and thanks to an excellent arrangement of the song is channeled towards an almost epic final.There are likely to improve and refine some aspects but the plant of  The Green Violinist  in my opinion is valid: repackage a disc of a new prog  quite marked, with clear references to psychedelia and electronics, but always kept in a leaden bed. Work smart and nice, very winter.

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