Il tempo magico di Saturnia Pavonia (2003)
this new cd Stefano Musso displays ten new tracks of powerful layers of both
acoustic and real sounds. The sense of MAGIC inside the performing was invited
and respected during rites of composition ,and as usual it has guides of the
creative process. Then spirits of life comes ,inside a sensitive and creative
SPACE, attitude is purified that which is deeply desired the focus of the soul,
quiet and almost transparent is the mind. Ok, this is deep music to listen
meanwhile you are looking in front of the FIRE, walking in the wildness , or
when you need a deep and magic inspiration for poetry, painting ,research , LOVE
and meditation, and in every activities in which you need to expand time and
sensibility ,and to be really and totaly present ! oh, ... surely, you would be
in the same time in different layers of consciousness , looking for some special
gifts in order to magically convert this crazy time into a better one ! ALIO DIE!
are two distinct types of Alio Die albums: the album length drone works and the
albums comprised of short tracks,
often culled from compilations and various
other appearances. Alio Die has a strong back catalog of highly original
work; these ambient records have served as touchstones for newer artists
like Oöphoi and Amon to continue in a rich environmental ambient vein. An Alio
Die Cd is always a pagan ritual with the odor of dirt and moisture in the air.
The newest offering to arcane gods, "Il tempo magico di Saturnia
Pavonia" is not easy to put in the album length drone or collection of
short tracks categories. The Cd has ten distinctive tracks, but with a definite
flow of purpose and design that past track collections like "Leaves
net" have not quite successfully achieved. We begin with "A gift"
which is a composition of whistles and highly processed accordion - immediately
the recycling projects of Vidna Obmana, for example "Landscape in obscurity",
come to mind. Gradually the accordion tones build up to form a harmonic mass of
sound, rapturous in tone. Pretty good for an accordion! The next two tracks
launch right into traditional Alio Die territory - repeated "melodies"
featuring processed traditional instruments alongside rich organic drones. This
is what we've come to expect and love in an Alio Die Cd. If I had a main
criticism of this particular disc, it would be that the most tracks rely on too
What a nice, nice album. I
really try to avoid the use of the word 'nice' in my reviews -- it's so
painfully overused. Yet that feeling of uneventfully pleasureable satisfaction
implied in the word is quite suitable. Uneventful; steady choruses of insects,
constantly weaving and entwining their love calls in a subtle stereophonic orgy.
Pleasant; meandering barefoot through the delicately circling music and slow
cascades of organic drone. Satisfying; the path twists slowly and the journey is
precisely as long as it must be. Patterns of sunlight stream between the trees,
and something always itself just around the corner. Such a nice, nice
composer Stefano Musso has been releasing his music under the name Alio Die for
more than a decade now, and keeps releasing more beautiful and refined albums at
a steady pace. His releases on his own label Hic Sunt Leones often contain parts
of plants in the packaging, or have beautiful covers.