Composer Paolo Fosso and violinist Jacopo Bigi are classical-trained, but "classical" is not how they would describe themselves. Through their teenage years, they joined a few local bands playing a variety of genres and artists, from the Beatles to Dream Theater. Armonite was formed in 1996. Though still in college, they released their first album in 1999, and performed a few dates live. They eventually split up, so Jacopo could follow his career as a classical violinist and violin teacher, while Paolo started working in the music administration. It wouldn’t be until 15 years later that they would unite to form a new band while borrowing the name of their old one. Paolo went straight to work and once he had composed enough tracks to make an album, Armonite came together as a transnational project. Joining Paolo and Jacopo was Porcupine Tree's bassist, Colin Edwin and Dutch drummer Jasper Barendregt. The production was scheduled to allow the recording of all materials remotely. Things took a turn for the best when the first producer of Muse, Paul Reeve, accepted the offer to produce the entire work, with mastering at the Abbey Road Studios in London. Their album "The Sun is New each Day" was released in June 2015 after a production of about 6 months.
Wow, yeah! The first thought that came to mind is that there's no easy category to put this music into, and that is a good thing. I saw the list of instrumentation and mention of electric violin and the first thing that came to mind was "folk rock" - but no, it's far broader than that. I won't even bother to categorise it, because it doesn't really matter. The thought also occurred to check other peoples' definitions but then taking it purely on face value seems the better option for the first time one hears it. In doing so, lots of aspects came to mind. Mainly, that it easily held my attention all the way through. Everything works together - the masterful playing by all concerned, the idea that the listener can't be quite sure where the music is going but you know you'll be happy to go there with it, the apparent ease with navigating different time signatures etc. Plus the video itself is comparatively simple but still effective; it also maintains the interest without distracting from the music itself. On purely face value, without worrying about any technical or critical side of it, this is simply very energetic music too. Easy to just "get into", but complex enough for those who want to listen more deeply. The production keeps everything clear to my ears, with good separation of instruments. Bottom line - I'm definitely impressed, and this intriguingly titled track has served its purpose in making me want to hear more. In the meantime, I'll be happy to give this one some airplay!
This is good instrumental music. It doesnt stand out too much for me but it's good. If you want real commercial success you have to look to classic and modern bands that infuse more theatrics and musician grade arrangements to really capture attention and stand out. Emerson Lake and Palmer and Lindsey Sterling come to mind as examples of music and visuals. I didnt enjoy the shaky video accents for the drums. It was a big turn off to the video aspect. overall good musicians but I think it needs to really pop more
Hugely talented and a good mix. It's a grower and up for any band who can make a violin a badass instrument. I'm a fan of bands like Apocalyptica so this is right up my street. Have you guys tried hitting up Prog Magazine and Classic Rock in the UK too? Please, please keep in touch - you guys sound great!