Title - Out of Control
Artist - Marco Mattei
For those not in the know, Italian guitarist/songwriter Marco Mattei unveils his first solo album, an original mix of prog-rock, dream-pop, folk and world music entitled Out of Control on 7D Media/Third Star Records on November 19th, 2021.
It also features a rather stellar line-up, inclusive of: Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel), Fabio Trentini (Le Orme, Markus Reuter), Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates), Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, XTC), Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth), and Clive Deamer (Portishead, Radiohead, Robert Plant).
Out of Control is a multi-facet collection of intense, emotional songs. Marco creates a multi-layered, original sound utilizing a wide range of electric and acoustic guitars together with guitar loops, bouzouki and resonator guitars, supported by lifelong friends and globally acclaimed musicians.
The musical texture is further enriched with a variety of acoustic/ethnic instruments such as Irish whistle, flute, fiddle, mandolin, pedal steel guitar, sitar and tambura played by a collection of musicians from all parts of the world.
The lyrics of this concept album revolve around things we cannot control such as the place and time we are born, the color of our skin or the people we meet during our life.
1. WOULD I BE ME
2. PICTURE IN A FRAME
3. MORE INTENSE
4. I’LL BE BORN
5. LULLABY FOR YOU
9. ON YOUR SIDE
10. AFTER TOMORROW
11. HIDDEN GEMS
This vibrantly eclectic, wholly organic album opens on the gentle breeze of WOULD I BE ME and the prog-rock bounce of PICTURE IN A FRAME and backs those up with the lushly orchestrated MORE INTENSE, the beautiful gossamer of I’LL BE BORN, and then we get both the dulcet LULLABY FOR YOU and the frenetic rocker ANYMORE.
Up next is the Westernized TOMORROW and the diaphanous VOID which are in turn followed by one of my own personal favorites, the reaching ambiance of ON YOUR SIDE, then comes the Southern-imbibed string work of the short, but sweet AFTER TOMORROW, the album rounding out on the atmospheric HIDDEN GEMS, closing on the languishing GONE.
Says Marco, “Yes, this is a concept album about things we cannot control. The key insight is the realization that many aspects of what we perceive to be defining our identity are not under our control. And the main message is that this realization should lead to a change of perspective: as we put ourselves in other people’s shoes, we allow ourselves to become more open and empathic.”
“The other aspect of it is that we cannot control the hand we are dealt with, but we can surely decide how to play it. Beside my passion for music, spreading this message of empathy and inclusion is one of the things that motivates me.”
Marco Mattei was born and raised in Civitavecchia, Italy. Very passionate about music from an early age, as a teenager he studied jazz guitar with Max Rosati while developing a deep interest in the creative vision and complexity of prog rock music.
He joined DeBlaise, a new prog local band, contributing to the songwriting of their EP “By Common Consent” and to many years of live music. He also co-founded “The Snowdogs” a Rush tribute band.
As he earned his master’s degree in Electronics and MBA, he also developed an interest in sound engineering and design and attended advanced audio engineering and music production programs.
Marco lived in six different countries in three different continents, exploring cultural differences, picking up musical influences and learning the value of diversity.
He currently lives in the USA and continues to explore different musical styles as a composer, musician and producer, collaborating with artists from all around the world.
In closing Marco has this to impart: “Listen to the album multiple times and you will keep finding new dimensions to it. Pay attention to the lyrics and consider the perspective that, as we realize that many aspects of what we perceive to be defining our own identity are not under our control, we should tend to be more tolerant, empathic, and inclusive.”
In closing, and to my mind, and ear, of course, this sensational album Out of Control will most definitely appeal to listeners of Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Paul Simon (amongst others).
All tracks written by Marco Mattei, except for Gone by Andy Timmons.
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