Title - Kama Sutra
Artist - Syndone
For those unaware, Italian Prog ensemble Syndone will be releasing their new concept album Kama Sutra on June 10th, 2021.
And for those not in the carnal know, the sacred text Kama Sutra is the so-called Bible of how to achieve pleasure in sexual intercourse!
Indeed, the Kama Sutra (aphorisms on pleasure) therefore constitutes for Hindus a compendium on the art of loving and achieving sexual pleasure, in a way consistent with the ancient rural and pastoral origins of their religious culture.
Like the movements of sex, music and lyrics go in and out of the different variations of the concept of Kama Sutra in history and in the contemporary; Kama Sutra is here intended only as the sound of a word already heard from which people begins to wonder.
For Syndone it becomes text and pretext to sink the nails with passion in the love between two people, in todays real prostitutes, in provocation.
Images, symbols, roles and people; among all a true story, the one of Giorgio Perlasca, hero against Nazism and many other common stories, among which, maybe, the ours, with invented characters, divinities, erotic symbols and much, much love.
Born in 1989, in the wake of the second progressive wave, Syndone - led by Nik Comoglio - have delved into every aspect of niche music during their first quarter of a century.
Seven excellent albums (Spleen/1990, Inca/1992, Melapesante/2010, La Bella la Bestia/2012 and Odyssyas/2014, Eros & Thanatos/2016 and the new Mysoginia/2018) have come out of this collaboration, inflected with tones that, more often than not, have gone beyond all codes and frontiers.
Their sound - which reflects the moods of Emerson Lake & Palmer to a certain extent - is not restricted to a slavish reading of the British band though.
It tends to revitalize their spirit with formulas that have little to do with the style per se and move towards new shores, new sounds characterized by a rock background with extensive classical openings (sometimes played on strings), all tied together by a very expressive, sometimes theatrical, voice which brings everything together in an original, cultural and innovative product.
1. Its Only Make Believin
3. Carousel (Instrumental)
4. Into The Kama
6. You Still Shine
7. Sex Toys R Us
8. 2 Thousand 10 (Instrumental)
9. Sacred & Profane
10. We Are The World We Created
11. Peace On Earth
Opening with the jagged, juxtaposed rock melodies and late 70s synth work that even Wakeman would be proud of within Its Only Make Believin they back that up with the Queen-esque ambiance of Nirvana, the free flowing, XTC-imbibed instrumental Carousel, the achingly earnest rapport of Into The Kama, the Eastern-romanized, at first, then foot-pounding Bitches, and then the dulcetly creative, Mercury-infused ambiance of You Still Shine is brought forth.
The sweeping prog rock heavy-hitter Sex Toys R Us (a canny title if ever there were) is up next and is followed by the softer, more cultured gossamer tones of the instrumental 2 Thousand 10, before the jazzy blues of Sacred & Profane, the airy We Are The World We Created and, finally, the beautiful piano/string and gently vocalized short work Peace On Earth bring the album to a close.
Riccardo Ruggeri: composition, vocal, lyricist
Gigi Rivetti: composition, acoustic and electric pianos, clavinet, keyboards
Marta Caldara: composition, vibraphone, timpani, keyboards
Simone Rubinato: composition bass, taurus bass and keyboards
Eddy Franco: drums and percussions
Nik Comoglio: composition, orchestration, arrangements, Hammond, Moog, Juno dist., Mellotron and keyboards
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Teaser Trailer - The Making of the New Album