Nheap

Nheap is the vehicle for the Assisi, Italy based Massimo Discepoli to deliver his experimental ambience.

Nheap - ambience from Italy

Nheap

Like flexible sheets of thin silicone the music slides effortlessly around the room piling one atop the other to form a jelly-like entrapment. Combining acoustic, guitars, electric instruments, drums, keys and electronic sounds Nheap has the ability to fuse much into a track, whilst delivering sounds of calmness and relaxation.

This isn’t music for the Monday morning rush, else you will find it Friday before you get out of the door, rather material to savour at leisure and there is much with which to settle back. The pieces typically run at well over five minutes and with seven releases going back since 2008 you need time to get through the collection and it is a development that is well worth exploring to dip in and out of as moments allow.

Whilst somewhat experimental in style, Nheap hasn’t sought to rip the edges of the creative envelope, rather to bring in disparity of sound making devices, which is what provides the music with its multi-layered textures.

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Flying and the Silence – Nheap is available on iTunes*.

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The Izers

The Izers, an indie-rock band from Mantova in Italy is MatCorradoFede and Simone.

The Izers - indie rock from Italy

The Izers

It took a while for my ears to adjust to The Izers as they are still finding their direction of travel, working with many different sounds including references to that nemesis of mine – begins with the letter after T and has a number which is the sum of 40 – 38 as the second part of their name – I just can’t bring myself to type it – still…. there is far more than this to The Izers.


Standing in the middle of the park The Izers deliver well formulated sounds which will have resonance to many, my preference being, of course when they dirty it up a bit. There is little doubt the quartet are able musicians who know how to put songs together and deserve to do well, it is more pertinent as to where they finally set their sail of travel as currently the music is more of a mix-tape of sounds, all played very well, but still – not a signature sound that audiences can grab hold of.

A year behind them, the players work well together, delivering arching compositions that display instrumental competence and the ability to write songs. I was able to find a track I particularly enjoyed. Whichever path they follow, I wish them all the best and if they are able to develop the confidence in their own skin, I am sure much more will be heard of The Izers.

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What, Really?

What, Really? is an indie band from Brennero in Italy comprising AleMangaRobbé and Paz.

What, Really? - indie band from Italy

What, Really?


Very easy on the ears, What, Really? is more importantly a quartet who is able to take the plain and add toppings of tastiness.  The band who introduce themselves as power-pop were inevitably listened to with ears uninterested and the opening few bars of the first track of their debut EP certainly didn’t fill me with much more enthusiasm. Perseverance paid off and I came to the meat and grist of the music, which is blend of pop ballads, combined with brit-pop and american indie-pop and the combinations make sense.

What, Really? place store on the clean lines of the vocals and manage to add some entertaining guitar effects to provide music which does hold the attention of the audience. Just over a year into their existence the music is undoubtedly a sound that resonates across the audiences, with appearances across Italy and an appearance in the UK. A line-up change in September 2013 will allow the band to add more depth to the out-put.

Not for my everyday playlist, but I am quite certain What, Really? will appear on other peoples, once they have had the opportunity to hear the music.

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Human Colonies

Human Colonies from Bologna in Italy is the lo-fi shoegaze outfit of Giuseppe Mazzoni (Guitar / Vocals), Roman Dagner (Guitar), Davide Hare (Drums) and Sara Telesca (Bass).

Human Colonies - lo-fi shoegaze from Italy

Human Colonies

Your speakers haven’t broken when you hit play, the vocal is that immersed by Human Colonies. There is an interesting trend developing in music of reflecting the realities of the world around where the voice is become ever more hidden, which to me is the testament of where the vast majority of the world now sits, unheard and irrelevant as politicians justify the ever growing excesses of the few in a cycle of contempt. But let’s leave aside my own perspectives, those who know the website are already well aware of where to find my writings as an anarcho-capitalist, who can find a political argument over a photograph of a carpet, so let us head back to Human Colonies.


I hit play and thought – no, but there was something hanging in my head then I hit play again and once again thought no – but still a nagging feeling then I hit play again and thought – yes I can contextualise this and music is all about personal connectivity, for me the connection is the washed away voices, for you it may be something else, but I do urge you to give Human Colonies a decent run out.

You can tell how new the quartet really are by their EP being named Demo and that isn’t short for demonstration. With some delight I find myself being able to interpret the sounds to a vacuum of Societal disconnect, which resonates with me, for you it may well be the shimmering guitars and mild distortion, however you approach it an interesting sound is emitted by Human Colonies.

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Phono Emergency Tool

Phono Emergency Tool a rock band from Bologna in Italy is Andrea Sgarzi (Guitar / Vocal), Sandro Sgarzi (Bass / Vocal) and Marco Lama (Drums).

Phono Emergency Tool - rock from Italy

Phono Emergency Tool

Phono Emergency Tool have a clean shaven sound which draws influences from many strands of rock and stir up well structured compositions that have some frayed edges to entice the listener. The guitar is deployed as the point of reference with different styles and effects enabling the trio to wander across a diversity of ranges.

At the heart of it lays a stadium rock central pillar which Phono Emergency Tool reinterpret with a focus on the progressive allowing the band to concentrate on creating songs which have a powerful base, invested with statement phrases that are reworked through the pieces, giving them a slightly psychedelic feel.

Each, established players, Phono Emergency Tool, have developed a style of play that exudes confidence with well paced tracks that do not extend beyond their welcome, filled with variations on the theme.

The trio emit a sound which belies the fact that there are only three members of the band as their interpretations are filled with layers of texture which give the audience plenty to consider.

I have had the opportunity to take a listen to their forthcoming twelve track LP – Get The Pet – which is an enjoyable journey through a diversity of sound spaces.

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Get the Pet – Phono Emergency Tool is available on iTunes*.

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