Occupying a particularly dark corner of the Italian Prog scene, DAAL, a duo comprised of Alfio Costa (with an army of vintage and modern keyboards) and Davide Guidoni (an assortment of acoustic and electronic drums/percussion), couldn't be further away from traditional RPI sounds. Instead, they favour a varied mix of very modern sounding dark electronics, classical sophistication and avant-garde sophistication in their music, and their fifth release since 2009 offers their heaviest, most gothic flavoured work to date. Predominantly instrumental, the bafflingly titled `Dances of the Drastic Navels' (a reference to several pieces from their previous albums) confirms that the band and their music keep growing in stature and maturity with each release, delivering more intricate and lavish music each time, trying to balance gloomy darkness with reassuring light, and it's one of the standout progressive releases, Italian or otherwise, of 2014.
Songs / Tracks Listing
1. Malleus Maleficarum (10.17)
2. Elektra (An Evening with...) (7.41)
3. Lilith (4.15)
4.The Dance of the Drastic Navels (23.50)
5. Inside You (5.20)
Line-up / Musicians
Alfio Costa / Keyboards, samplers and noises
Davide Guidoni / Acoustic and electronic Drums, Acoustic and Electronic Percussions, Gongs, Octobans, Samplers
Ettore Salati - Guitars
Bobo Aiolfi - Basses
Tirill Mohn - Voices on "Inside You"
Letizia Riccardi - Violin on "Inside You"
Guglielmo Mariotti - voice on intro of "Malleus Maleficarum"
Produced By Alfio Costa and Davide Guidoni for Agla Records Recorded and
mixed at TL Studios - Bergamo - Italy, from April to September 2014
Mastering by Alfio Costa at TL Studios, October 2014