Thursday, 27 February 2014

The River Live Rehearsal
The Making of a live show

The video was shot on 26 and 27 February so stay tuned for some previews!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

The Review:
Italian sound engineer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Marco De Angelis has come full circle. After 15 years of toiling in anonymity in an isolation booth behind the knobs and sliders of mixing consoles and multitrack recorders in a variety of Italian recording studios, De Angelis steps front and center on his 2013 solo debut "The River: Both Sides Of The Story". Multi-instrumentalist De Angelis (guitar, stick, bass, keyboards, rhythmic programming, backing vocals) has recorded an impressive collection of tunes which straddle the fence, fluctuating between cross-over prog, classic rock, pop, and adult contemporary.
Thematically "The River: Both Sides Of The Story" is a concept album dealing with the duality of life; while musically the compositions and lush arrangements are comparable to many of the Alan Parson's Project hit singles, Mike And The Mechanics, Mandalaband IV, and Pink Floyd.
Marco De Angelis is an exceptional songwriter with a real knack for constructing - 'the hook' - into each of his songs. And since this isn't a conventional progressive rock album, guitar and keyboard solos are kept to a bare minimum, used sparingly to augment the songs where needed.
And versatile vocalist Marcelo Catalano can conversely belt out a catchy arena rocker that gets the blood flowing and foot tapping as well as a melodic soulful croon to lull you into a comfortably numb dream-state.
My overall impression of the music on "The River: Both Sides Of The Story" is a melding of both Pink Floyd and Mike And The Mechanics - with David Gilmore on guitar, Rick Wright on keyboards, Roger Waters or Mike Rutherford on bass, Nick Mason on drums, and vocals provided by Paul Carrack and Paul Young. Especially on tracks like "One Love", ""Take It Away", "Our Trail Of Tears", and "Regrets".
Other influences can be detected as well including The Eagles on the tracks "Snowbound" and "Never Look Back", the solo albums of Peter Gabriel on the track "Black Stare", and a combination of 80's era Genesis and Elton John on the track "Fly High".
While it may lack the abstract complexities and head-spinning time signatures associated with the prog/rock genre "The River: Both Sides Of The Story" is an exceptional album from beginning to end with many catchy songs that stay with you long afterward.
The line-up includes: Marco De Angelis (guitar, stick, bass, keyboards, rhythmic programming, backing vocals), Marcello Catalano (vocals), Cristiano Micalizzi (drums), Desiree Petrocchi (backing vocals), Simona Rizzi (backing vocals), Susanna Stvali (backing vocals), Fabiola Torresi (backing vocals), and Sara Berni (backing vocals).
Reviewed by Joseph Shingler on February 12th, 2014

Sunday, 9 February 2014



De Angelis, Marco – The River: Both Sides of the Story

Review by: Rok Podgrajšek

Year: 2013
Produced by: Marco De Angelis
Label: Independent release

1. Radio (0:21)
2. Tell Me Why (5:21)
3. Black Stare (5:04)
4. One Love (5:21)
5. Snowbound (4:47)
6. Never Look Back (4;26)
7. Regrets (7:51)
8. This Time (6:31)
9. Take It Away (6:28)
10. What Do You Feel Now? (6:17)
11. Fly High (6:54)
12. Our Trail Of Tears (9:20)

With a ton of releases flooding us from all corners, it's sometimes hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. It would have been easy for Marco De Angelis's release, The River, to go by me unnoticed, however, whether by fortuitous coincidence or some other force, I was fortunate enough to hear it.

De Angelis is an Italian multi-instrumentalist, who created this album almost single-handedly, only helped on the fantastic vocal harmonies by several guest vocalists and a drummer.

De Angelis presents himself with a very slick art rock sound at first. The most impressive element are the vocal harmonies, where De Angelis utilises his guests to the maximum. He does build upon his sound gradually, with some sensual and effective guitar soloing, reminiscent of David Gilmour. Even the music takes on some Pink Floyd characteristics, particularly from their 80s and 90s period. Add to the mixture a dash of modern melody-driven (alternative) progressive rock and you're faced with a very satisfying musical journey.

At the end of the day, the album has only positive values that can be attributed to it and all respect to Marco De Angelis for getting it right the first time. I'm sure this is only the start of his musical voyage and a sign of things to come.

8 out of 10