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Tales From Another Time

by Eris Pluvia

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Sven B. Schreiber "Eris Pluvia's" 1991 debut album was a real offering, and constituted another milestone on the long road of rock progressivo in Italia. Unfortunately, there wasn't a follow-up for a long time. 19 years passed before the release of "Third Eye Light". However, it wasn't the same band anymore, since founding members Alessandro Serri and Edmondo Romano, who had formed "Ancient Veil" in the meantime, weren't on board anymore. The latest release "Tales From Another Time" from 2019 sounds radically different. Gone are the enchanting baroque recorder arrangements, and all in all it's more in the vein of 70's "Pink Floyd". Frankly, I prefer "Ancient Veil", which sounds more like the rightful successor of the original "Eris Pluvia". Favorite track: Last Train To Atlana.
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Una storia particolare ma comune a molte formazioni, quella dei liguri Eris Pluvia: autori di un album nel 1991, "Rings of Earthly Light", che contribuì alla rinascita della scena prog italiana, restarono poi fuori dalle scene per molti anni fino al 2010, anno di pubblicazione di "Third Eye Light" (AMS188CD). Nonostante la prematura scomparsa dello storico tastierista Paolo Raciti, la band ha comunque mantenuto sinergia e ispirazione nella realizzazione del successivo "Different Earths" (2016, AMS276CD) e di questo nuovo e, per certi aspetti sorprendente, "Tales from another Time".

In questa occasione, se possibile, il gruppo innalza ulteriormente il proprio livello compositivo, senza rinnegare in alcun modo la propria cifra stilistica: Camel e Pink Floyd restano i nomi principali di riferimento ma, più che agli anni '70, gli Eris Pluvia sembrano qui attingere, grazie a un sapiente dosaggio di musica elettronica e ai suoni di chitarra e batteria in particolare, alla decade successiva. Questo però non significa affatto che la band abbia ceduto a facili soluzioni 'commerciali': nella struttura e nelle intenzioni i sei lunghi brani - per un'ora di durata complessiva - restano totalmente fedeli al classico verbo 'progressivo', non rinunciando a lunghe parentesi strumentali e a sezioni folk/pastorali con il flauto in evidenza.

Sempre più attuali, sempre più fedeli al passato: sembra un paradosso, eppure gli Eris Pluvia riescono ad essere entrambe le cose con apparente naturale semplicità. Un gruppo in costante evoluzione, che incide un altro notevole tassello nell'attuale panorama del prog italiano!

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Eris Pluvia's story is peculiar, but also common to many other bands: they released an album in 1991, "Rings of Earthly Light", which contributed to the rebirth of the Italian prog scene, and then disappeared for many years until 2010, when they came back with "Third Eye Light" (AMS188CD). Despite the premature passing of the group's founding member and keyboard player Paolo Raciti, the group has nevertheless maintained synergy and inspiration in the making of the following "Different Earths" (2016, AMS276CD) and of this new and, in some ways surprising, "Tales from another time".

On this occasion, if possible, Eris Pluvia have further raised their compositional level, without denying in any way their trademark: Camel and Pink Floyd remain the main references but, more than the '70s, Eris Pluvia seem here to take inspiration, thanks to a proper dosage of electronic music and to the guitar and drums sounds in particular, from the following decade. This, however, does not mean that the band has indulged to some easy 'commercial' solutions: the six long tracks of the album - for a total of one hour of music - remain totally faithful, in their structure and purpose, to the classic 'progressive' creed, offering long instrumental sections and folk/pastoral interludes with the flute in evidence.

More and more modern, yet still faithful to the past: sounds like a paradox, but Eris Pluvia manage to be both with apparent natural simplicity. A band in constant evolution, that have just released another significant piece of work in the current Italian prog panorama!

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released March 1, 2019

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