Vittorio Vandelli - A Day of Warm Rain in
By Ray Van Horn, Jr.
Quite a prospect that title
enjoinders, doesnt it? Surreal and tantalizing. Could heaven be so
pleasurable? The prophets say so, and if a musical conception of heaven is
indicated here on earth, I certainly want to hear it now before I die. Perhaps
Paganini got it right with his Canon, or maybe Enigma discovered the key
with its Gregorian chant-laced electronic compositions. Im getting
off-track here, but this is what comes to mind when approaching Vittorio
Vandellis A Day of Warm Rain in Heaven.
The neoclassicism spread through Vandellis album helps
keep his straying experimentalism honest. As a member of the Italian
neoclassical troupe Ataraxia, Vandellis solo work here is less
conventional but no less interesting. By implementing waves of Goth and
electronic, his classically-influenced guitar work takes many journeys on the
sometimes weird paths laid before him and mostly they work agreeably.
Recruiting his Ataraxia mate Francesca Nicoli on vocals,
A Day of Warm Rain in Heaven is perhaps a darker trip than what appears
on paper. My Heart As Dry As Dust is a bit painful, which is meant as a
compliment; Vandellis tormented vocals are later draped by Nicolis
richer timbres, both of which are drenched by the melancholic acoustic melody,
and offset by a sprinkling electronic sub-melody. As vibrant as Nicoli sounds
on The Ocean Green, the despondent melody here is both soothing and
unsettling. Somehow I thought of a church soloist not-so-submissively pushing
through an accusatory hymn.
While these comments may sound negative, they are not
intended to be. Vandellis acoustics are splendid and is his risky spirit,
as on A Sadder and a Wiser Man, where he creates a trance-like ambience
for Nicoli to recite spoken word to, or the positively gorgeous title track,
which is more reliant on electronics and electric guitar, but done so
brilliantly. A Day of Warm Rain in Heaven is perhaps too glum overall to
be considered a musical conception of heaven, but it certainly has a cascading
feeling as indicated by its title.
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