“Ambigram" is an English term coined in 1986 by Douglas Hofstadter: “A calligraphic design that has two or more clear and distinct interpretations. The two readings are usually generated through the change of point of view that can be obtained through rotations and symmetries or other expedients "(Wikipedia)
Never was a "more appropriate” definition to introduce to the world the release of their eponymous debut album.
Ambigram, is a new super - band composed by leading musicians who had very deep roots in progressive and underground music. Among them also appears, in the production phase, a certain Greg Lake (Wherever he is now, for the help given in developing this project over the years).
Embedded in the meaning itself of the name, Ambigram is also a record that lends itself to be read and enjoyed with different narratives and fruition levels; it is a complex but enjoyable album that is a pleasure to listen at and, above all, decidedly engaging at each subsequent listening ...
The definition, which lead vocalist Francesco Rapaccioli most loves to use to describe their music, is 'pro aggressive' rock ... do not be fooled by the pun: The basis on which their sound is nourished is a solid rock with haunting melodies inspired by the classic British school, with classy arrangements. Throughout the work we perceive a very accurate research and study of detail, thank also to the precious cameos of Ambigram's guests who collaborated on the project: Area’s legendary guitarist Paolo Tofani (guitar solos on track 6-7), the super vocalist Paola Folli (vocals on track 4), Camillo Mozzoni, la Scala Orchestra’s former 1st Oboe (oboe on tracks 2,7), keyboard's wizard Max Repetti and, last but not least, Marco Rancati and Annie Barbazza on background vocals. The "rhythm machine" is expertly conducted by Gigi Cavalli Cocchi (drums) who marks the times with power and elegance; Beppe Lombardo's guitars, accompanied by Max Marchini's bass, have the ability to make each piece unique.
The voice of Francesco Rapaccioli brings the emotional side to a new level where lyrics span from suburban crimes to mythological journeys with a deep bound to the Sea exploring its haunting meanings from Odysseus lost in the Aegean Isles to Argonauts search symbolism.
We are really cracked on Ambigram...