Electromantic Music presents
the NEW N.y.X CD “Down in shadows”
David Jackson (Van der Graaf Generator) and Trey Gunn (King Crimson)
“Down in shadows” is a concept album based on the pure tradition of the experimental music, telling a modern story of betrayal and loneliness.
The seven tracks of the disk have an astonishing variegated musicality: between electric violence and melodious acoustic moments. The “title track” is a long suite divided into two parts: the introduction and the end of the album. The other songs are peculiar plugs, giving the definition of the concept.
N.y.X is a musical project formed by Walter F. and Danilo Abaldo “Pannico”. N.y.X is a progressive rock suggestion, a research of contemporaneous and futurist resonances, without forgetting the eminent past. This is a very personal and original sound, a winning “mélange” of effects, electronics and traditional instruments.
As an ideal “bridge” between past, present and future, “Down in shadows” is rich of many important collaborations; in particular, N.y.X’s work has received the great contribution of Mr. David Jackson, legendary saxophone player of the historical prog band Van der Graaf Generator (and, also, Peter Hammill, Peter Gabriel and Osanna…) and Mr. Trey Gunn, fantastic touch guitar player in the most recent “incarnations” of the avant-garde band for excellence: King Crimson (and, also, Robert Fripp solo, David Sylvian and John Paul Jones…).
“DOWN IN SHADOWS” VIDEO TRAILER ON YOU TUBE
On-line on "MENTELOCALE.IT" website the Riccardo R. Storti 's review about the NEW N.y.X ALBUM "down in shadows" (italian language).
Review from Erik Neuteboom, on ProgArchives:
- This is a project that was born in Italian city Turin in the beginning of the New Millennium. After a period dedicated to the electric experimentation, the duo formed by Walter F. (vox, guitars, bass and devices) and Danilo A. “Pannico” (drums, percussions, piano, organ, marimba and devices) has published a first work in 2005, an approach to the song form integrating progressive and psychedelic influences. The homonymous EP got very good reviews from all the international qualified press and let the two musicians to improve their musical experience with many live and studio collaborations, particularly in France. Down In Shadows is the new N.y.X’s album, a co-production with the famous Italian label Electromantic Music (led by Beppe Crovella, known from Italian Classic Prog legend Arti & Mestieri): it is a concept, based on the pure tradition of the experimental music, telling a modern story of betrayal and loneliness. The main character, a complex and disturbed personality, suffers a “progressive” degeneracy “until the end of time”, with ineluctable consequences. On Down In Shadows we can enjoy collaborations of David Jackson, legendary saxophone player of the historical progrock band Van der Graaf Generator (and, also, Peter Hammill, Peter Gabriel and Osanna) and Trey Gunn, fantastic touch guitar player in the most recent “incarnations” of the avant-garde band for excellence: King Crimson (and, also, Robert Fripp solo, David Sylvian and John Paul Jones).
- As you can read in the introduction, the 7 tracks on Down In Shadows contain experimental music with a lot of variety, layered with sounds, generated by loops, devices and a wide range of instruments: from dreamy with soaring Farfisa organ, cello and a high pitched female voice (C18H21N03) to mellow with acoustic rhythm guitar and Bowie-like vocals (Day After Day and o.y.o – on your own) and a heavy and ominous sound with a propulsive rhythm-section, a wall of fiery and biting guitars and screamy saxophone work or marimba (Down In Shadows I + II). The guitars have an important role on this album, especially Trey Gunn his Warr guitar sound adds a special flavour to the music, blended with intricate soundscapes and a subtle use of varied instruments.
- This is not easy progressive rock to digest but King Crimson fans and those progheads who like adventurous music should check out this promising new Italian formation.