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On disc: Arctic Plateau



On A Sad Sunny Day - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars
The Enemy Inside - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars


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The Enemy Inside

The Enemy Inside
(Prophecy Prod. - 2012)


Gianluca DiVirgilio stays true to himself, the new Arctic Plateau album The Enemy Inside is a moody post rock album with singer / songwriter elements. The albums kicks off with Music's Like... Again he looks back in time, gets lost in memories, but at other tunes he faces reality. Bambini Piagete is just an interlude followed by Idiot Adult, a song which starts with spoken words... Singer / songwriter-like at the beginning, then heads into a dreamy passage which partly reminds me of 70's prog rock when it comes to atmosphere! At the title track Arctic Plateau add a post black metal passage which surely fits to The Enemy Inside. With Melancholy Is Not Only For Soldiers DiVirgilio is back to the dream-like state, but the sadness is more prominent. And so the opening passage of Loss And Love sounds almost happy... Soon the sadness is back. Wrong is an atmospheric tune, a bit minimalistic perhaps... For the closer Trentasette he speeds up a little and leaves the singer / songwriter feel behind - and the vocals.

Even if the songs vary, the album sounds homogenous. Not that the debut On A Sad Sunny Day was boring or monotonous! Just this time Mr. DiVirgilio is taking it a step further.


8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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On A Sad Sunny Day

On A Sad Sunny Day
(Prophecy Prod. - 2009)


With Arctic Plateau a new post rock / shoegaze band is on its way. The man behind Arctic Plateau is Gianluca DiVirgilio who wrote the tunes, sings and plays guitar and piano. For the rhythmic part he got bassist Fabio Fraschini and drummer Cesare Petulicchio.

The cover looks like a photo taken in the early 70's - and it is like a melancholy look back in time... The opening tune is called Alive, an atmospheric sad tune. The title track On A Sad Sunny Day carries you away into a dreamy state of mind. Slowly the song develops and picks up speed a bit. Gianluca DiVirgilio's vocals fill the song with sadness. The soundscapes create pictures when you close your eyes and allow the music to take over. In Epica Memories is following the chosen path, even if DiVirgilio varies a bit. At Amethyst To #F Arctic Plateau crossing the genre borders with whispered parts, beside that there are a few reminiscences to Porcupine Tree audible. One of my favorites is Coldream with acoustic guitar and partly whispered vocals. The whispered words make you feel uneasy, but then the vocals are somehow smoothing. A bit later Arctic Plateau become a bit more powerful, don't expect a storm breaking loose, but its like the wind is getting stronger, the surf is getting wilder... At Eight Years Old you get taken by surprise by a marching drum while the guitar is whirring, later flirts with the traditional Greek guitar. The long track In Time is showing different facets of Arctic Plateau. The time code shows that the song is about 21 minutes, but at about 6 minutes it dies away... A long silence and at about 18:40 min. you hear piano and rain falling... Thunder, the sound of rain get's louder. The piano is gone and you only hear the rain, the thunder... And the soundtrack for a day dream is over.

If you like bands like Klimt 1918 and post rock in general, then you should check out Arctic Plateau! I recommend Alive and Coldream.


8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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