Amycanbe – Wolf

If like us you missed it at the time of release, Wolf is the latest album from Italian outfit Amycanbe which is well worth taking time out to go explore.  Creating a magnetic blend of electronic/indie pop and shoegaze/trip hop, the Cervia hailing quartet mesmerise the senses and imagination with their third full-length, its music a potent seduction led by the temptress tones of vocalist Francesca Amati.

Formed in 2002 by drummer/keyboardist Marco Trinchillo and guitarist/bassist/keyboardist Mattia Mercuriali, Amycanbe became a quartet three years later with the addition of Amati and Paolo Gradari. The years since has seen the release of debut album, Being A Grown-Up Sure Is Complicated in 2007, its successor Mountain Whales in 2011, and Wolf two years ago with keyboardist and album producer Mattia Dallara now alongside Amati, Mercuriali, and Trinchillo.

Swiftly it is easy to understand why Wolf was well-received upon its release, the album from opener Grano a truly magnetic affair with moments which spark a rapturous response in a continual appetite for its sounds and presence. The first track smoulders on the ears straight away, keys and the harmonious lure of Amati a spatial kiss as electronic shooting stars fly. Hitting its optimistic stride, the song radiates warmth and temptation, slowly rising from its enticing slumber as an increasing energy infects its passing minutes though enjoyably it never catches truly aflame at any point instead continuing to tease and seduce with Amati heading the affair.

The following I Pay brings a familiar if undefined air to its craft and character; warmly hugging like an old friend with fresh revelations to share. As in the first, country rock seeded melodies entice and similarly bred breezes blow across its landscape, a bounty of imagination which increasingly evolves with unpredictable hues and twists before the more sinewy rock attributes of Where From cluster around the ever enthralling presence of Amati. With keys aligning darker groans alongside melody rich sighs under a web of guitar nurtured suggestion, the song grips attention even if not quite finding the ultimate sparks of its predecessors.

Fighting opens up with the minimalistic charm of Young Marble Giants before blossoming into a rousing yet still nicely reserved proposal with an eighties new wave air wrapped around the inspiring rise of keys bred strings. A track which grows to its glory over numerous pleasing listens rather than making an instant impact, it soon has the imagination aflame while 5 Is The Number easily captivates with a cosmopolitan yet intimate sway as great drama infests its bass and a matching adventure in its overall invention. As pleasing and striking as both are, they are eclipsed by Wolves and its creative theatre which has a touch of The Cellophane Flowers to it.

Through the deep pulse and electronic hum of the imaginatively eventful White Slide and the subsequent subtle melodrama of Bring Back The Grace, band and album simply hold ears like warm sirens while Febbraio smoulders in the same with a jazzy grace and salubrious flirtation as a slumberous atmosphere wraps wintery arms around the senses. Each leave pleasure in their vibrant wake before Queens steals best track honours with its glorious croon and an increasing roar reminding of bands such as Belly and Throwing Muses. The track is superb and only gets more potent over time to seal its status within the album.

Closing with the sultry instrumental of Orata and its swimming melodies within surf/psych rock shimmers, Wolf captivates with growing strength and tenacity as new depths are revealed with subsequent listens. It is not a brand new album but one those who love to be seduced by their music should seriously think about slipping into.

Wolf can be streamed and bought @ https://amycanbe1.bandcamp.com/album/wolf while you can check out our interview with Francesca Amati @ https://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/the-lure-of-the-moon-and-serenades-exploring-amycanbe-with-vocalist-francesca-amati/

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Pete RingMaster 04/07/2017

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The Cellophane Flowers: Staring At The World

Ringmaster Review – “Staring at The World engages thoughts and imagination like the sun invites the day, with warm mesmeric charm veined with heated enterprise. The Cellophane Flowers is a unique melodic joy to soundtrack steamy days and sultry nights.”

Since the release of their acclaimed If I Was A Girl EP and the following impressive Freeze Me single, UK indie pop band The Cellophane Flowers has been the source of much anticipation for their debut album. Staring At The World gets unveiled upon the world on December 3rd and without any reservations can be said to satisfy all hopes and expectations laid upon the London quartet and more. It is an enterprising and thrilling release of what the band term ‘psychopop’, not that their sounds have that deranged quality really but it does carry a certain disturbed presence which is captivating and quite delicious, a description which can be firmly applied to the album.

The four members of the London based band hail from four different corners of the world joining together to add their own distinct spice to a sound which is unique and imaginative. The first notable thing about The Cellophane Flowers is the distinctive and entrancing voice of Italian songstress Francesca Corradini, her sensual and magnetic distinct tones lighting up the heart of every song. Her vocals have an emotive caress which is as mesmeric as it is charmingly spicy to offer every song on the album a seductive flavour upon the already compelling sounds brought by guitarist Ian Sumner who grew up in Brazil, Australian-Italian-Maltese bassist Luca Napolitano, and drummer Nick Guy who has one side of his heart in Egypt and the other in Suffolk. The album was recorded with producer Dave Allen (The Cure / Depeche Mode / Human League / The Charlatans) and finds the band at their most potent and alluring yet, the ten songs it has within its distinct artwork melodic kisses of warm and tender mischievous pleasure.

 Voices is the first song to coax the ear and beyond, its initial simmering whispers a gentle breeze behind the teasing tones of Corradini and a rich sonic guitar enticement. The song has a building presence which incites the pulse and heart into adding their excitement to the rising energies of the track. As it opens its arms to their fullest melodic expanse the feeling of an imminent crescendo is realised with the energetic chorus and fairly rampant stroll the track elevates into. The teasing is repeated as the infectious charm of the song tinged with a shadowed breath overwhelms the senses for a glorious and inventive start to the release.

The following song The Promise continues the impressive engagement, its sinewy basslines and acidic sonics of the guitars combining to create an eighties gait which reminds of China Crisis at times and Au Pairs in other moments. The riffs of Napolitano has a wonderful snarl to their invention offering dark corners to songs which playfully counter the surrounding crystalline and glowing shards of melodies and rainbow like harmonies. The song finds this union at its height, though each and every track in their varied guises are fuelled by their superbly crafted companionship within the framework of sturdy and compelling skilful beats of Guy.

A trio of tracks in the glistening shapes of Pendulum Eyes, Forever Lost, and Tears Of A Clown sway and beckon next, the first two with a definite sixties air to their lush evocative sound. The first is a simple yet sharply defined pop song with an air of five decades ago whilst the second has a fuller soak of the same time within its smouldering elegance. Throughout there is a Donovan feel to the song within the at times scorching almost epic like indie texture of the song. The last of the three is a gentle weave of tender vocals and equally soothing sounds though again there is that miniscule of feistiness which marks all their songs.

The excellent Rock ’n’ Roll with its thumping and hypnotic drums, which the band say were recorded in a massive disused NHS hospital kitchen, sends extra thrills through the body alongside long term favourite song from the band, Belinda. The boisterous first song of the pair is a sizzling blend of raw guitar strokes and those contagious rhythms framing the ever absorbing vocals of Corradini. It is the most infectious ‘riot’ on the album which just sends tingles through the emotions when it opens up its pulse racing climaxes. It is like Throwing Muses and Whale at a teen hangout with Spinnerette and quite irresistible. Belinda is just as addictive with its calypso groove veined fiery caustic grazing of rock guitars and group harmonies. The track is a ‘collision’ of shadows and warmth lyrically and musically and quite brilliant.

Completed by the tangy western simmering Time, the persuasive Lucky Day, and the closing melodic fondle of In A Hole, the album is a release to accompany any emotion and The Cellophane Flowers a band destined to find a place in many welcoming hearts.

http://www.thecellophaneflowers.co.uk/

RingMaster 26/11/2012

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The Cellophane Flowers – Staring at the World track-by-track

The Cellophane Flowers give insight into their forthcoming album, Staring at the World track by track.

Voices
Ian: “This one has become a real live favourite, starting off quite simple and poppy, then getting very very loud and raucous by the end. On the album, it’s more of a steady builder, so we reckoned it was a good way to start the album. The lyrics are quite psychedelic and fantastical, it’s probably the one we like playing live the most.”

The Promise
Ian: “This is the only track we’ve ever taken into a recording studio incomplete. We had the song, but had no idea what to do with it. Dave’s influence was biggest here – he added the sequencer keyboard part and the rest just fell in to place. There was a lot of space to play around with, so we had a lot of fun with it. It was originally going to be called Pokerhead until someone pointed out the Lady Gaga track.”

Pendulum Eyes
Ian: “We went for something quite 60s here, a sound like ‘Needles & Pins’ is what I had in mind. It turned into something different but still has a bit of a 60s feel. I’m not sure if it’s deliberate, but when we write a song the darker the lyrics the lighter the mood. This track is the diametric opposite of ‘Rock’n’Roll’.

Forever Lost

Francesca: This is the track we often use to epically end our live gigs. We love the way it builds and goes into a complete musical frenzy towards the end. The only song with Ian on slide too, which adds to the melancholic feeling of the track. I am particularly in love with the bass line; it’s magical. One track to listen to over a whisky or two.

Tears Of A Clown
Ian: “With ‘In a Hole’, this is probably the most mellow track we’ve done. Of all our tracks, this is my favourite and it’s the most personal lyrically. It’s about covering up for the fact you’re feeling down when the world is going mad around you.”

Rock’n’Roll
Ian: “The drums were recorded in a massive, disused NHS hospital kitchen, not once but three times. The triple-tracked beats transformed what was originally meant to be a light hearted 50s-style tribute to innocent lust and fumblings, into a darker, angsty shoegaze-on-Red Bull tale of frustration.”

Belinda
Francesca: “One of the most upbeat tracks in the album, but the story behind the track is not as happy. We love playing with contrast! When Belinda unexpectedly passes away she is highly missed amongst her friends. So they meet at her funeral and they share memories of the old days…”

Time
Ian: “Like Voices, this one has a slightly fantastical theme. We wanted an epic feel to match the theme and worked like buggers to get there, it was a hard song to get right. But as they say – if in doubt, go spaghetti western!”

Lucky Day
Francesca: This track means a lot to us, it is the oldest (and longest) track in the album. I remember us playing this track at the very beginning of our journey! It’s a real dreamy track, perfect for driving at night.

In A Hole
Francesca: Initially written on a ukulele, this was always meant to be a sweet interlude track. It’s just another song about a girl who is trying to find her place in this world. Who this girl is, I don’t know.

To keep up to date with the band, check out:

Free Download: The Cellophane Flowers offer ‘Tears of a Clown’ as an early Christmas present

Taken from their soon to drop debut album, Staring at the World, set to be released December 3rd, The Cellophane Flowers offer an early gift.

With the festive season around the corner, full of sparkly dresses, Christmas parties, spending time with friends and family and bursting with the spirit of giving a little more love this year, and The Cellophane Flowers are definitely getting all festive with their early Christmas present, ‘Tears of a Clown’.  The sensational quirky indie-pop foursome are giving the track away as a free download for you to add to those playlists, especially if you’re wanting to slow things down a bit and take a step back from the busy, glitzy and energetic time of year.

Download ‘Tears of a Clown’ free here:

http://soundcloud.com/altpr/the-cellophane-flowers-tears/s-r5hfK

Before The Cellophane Flowers get a chance to go Christmas shopping, they have a superb album launch coming up at the Paper Dress London: Thursday 6th December 2012, which they would absolutely love to see you there, so make sure you’ve penned that down in your diaries before you hit those office parties.

The band have been getting a truck load of critical acclaim from some of the music industry’s most exciting reviewers and tastemakers, so make sure you’ve got The Cellophane Flowers’ Staring at the World scribbled down on your letter to Father Christmas.

Catch The Cellophane Flowers live:

  • Album Launch Party // Paper Dress London: Thursday 6th December 2012
  • The Standards presents @ The Constitution: Sat 23 Feb 2013

The Story:

The Cellophane Flowers are the masters of female-fronted, driving, quirky pop, sometimes styling their sound as “psychopop” in interviews. The Cellophane Flowers songs reflect an eclectic array of influences, from tribal drumming, to alt-rock, to dark tinged 80’s pop and have name checked Siouxsie, Sonic Youth, The Stone Roses and Throwing Muses as influences. Time and again The Cellophane Flowers throw in hook after hook to support the sublime vocals of Francesca Corradini.

The Cellophane Flowers have recently completed the recording of their debut albumStaring At The World which is being released digitally on December 3rd 2012. The ten tracks of Staring At The World were recorded and produced by David M. Allen. Dave’s extensive discography covers The Cure, Depeche Mode, Human League and The Charlatans. Mastering was by Barry Grint (David Bowie, I Blame Coco) at Alchemy Studios.

Previous releases include the If I Was A Girl EP, which was played on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music with Tom Robinson, local radio and numerous radio stations in the US, and the ‘Freeze Me’ single which gained airplay on Absolute Radio, BFBS and Recharged radio.

Praise for The Cellophane Flowers:

Gold Flake Paint – “a fresh-faced blast of subtle art-rock driven forward by the charmingly unique vocals of Francesca Corradini

For Folk Sakes
 – “It has a homage to Phil Spector…then morphs into a haze of lo-fi production which is lovely to fall into.

Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music
 -“Female-fronted slightly offkilter driving pop from London.

Electric Banana – “Staring At The World is an eclectic collection of everything right within indie music. From mysterious otherworldly swells to the no nonsense drive of honest rock The Cellophane Flowers enlists a great future promise” 5/5

To keep up to date with the band, check out:

The Cellophane Flowers – Freeze Me

When the ‘If I Was A Girl EP came out last year the critical acclaim for the release and for The Cellophane Flowers themselves was wide and deep, and rightly so as their intriguing, engaging, and at times wrong footing indie pop showed there was some unique creativeness still alive in the genre. Whilst working on their debut album Staring At The World with notable producer Dave Allen (The Cure / Depeche Mode / Human League / The Charlatans), the multi-national quartet have released the new single ‘Freeze Me’ as not only a teaser for the forthcoming release but also a nudge to those already aware of them to not forget their enticing sound. Guitarist Ian Sumner says in reference to the recording of the album “It’s a great experience working with Dave,” and added “Working with Dave has blown our mind, the ideas and approach has helped us to explore a new musical territory.”

Whilst waiting in growing anticipation for the album fans can enjoy a duo of tracks taken from the ‘If I Was A Girl EP’ that as well as bringing great joy show a band destined to inspire and break down limits in any direction they choose. 

Freeze Me’ immediately beckons the listener closer with the guitar opening which gently strolls in being joined as the chords flow by simple and effective rhythms. Everything breaks into a wider smile musically as Italian vocalist Francesca Corradini lets her emotive tones flow. She has a voice that demands attention without imposing, her voice bewitching. As the track develops the drums of Nick Guy become more insistent and Sumner lets his guitar sing behind and around Corradini’s captivating voice creating crescendos and swells that can only please.

The magical song ‘Belinda’ accompanies ‘Freeze Me’ on the release. It is an uplifting song with a hybrid summery calypso–ska kind of groove in the verses before giving way to a satisfying indie rock sound. The bass of Australian-Italian Luca Napolitano is a wonderful rumbling growl whilst the voice of enchantress Corradini again with its alluring, magnetic fascination is glorious.

Musically though The Cellophane Flowers are hard to pin down, which is refreshing in itself, there is an 80’s feel to their sound. There are traces of Throwing Muses certainly to them enhanced with the quirky pop of Whale and in a way also Daisy Chainsaw, certainly vocally for the latter; all are apparent flavours but the resulting sound is all The Cellophane Flowers exclusively and very appetising it is indeed.

Freeze Me’ is a wonderful and delightful release to bring more fans in and to abate the wait for their debut album, one that many will after this release be anticipating even more eagerly.

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