"Floppy disks are our vintage, that's a fact. Soon cds will follow too. Before this comes true, grab Carlo Barbagallo's «Floppy Disk", a very talented sicilian musician who is also a member of Albanopower and Suzanne'Silver. If you're sick of the derailed application of the concept of 'indie', have a listen to his 11 tracks, to be played as if they were two sides of a vinyl. You're going to find various analogies with both the way and the ethics stemmed from 70's record production added to a low-fi necessity but without the blurred mind of those who deny the past and keep from knowing what has happened afterwards. Rarely enough, «Floppy Disk" leaves an ultimate image in your mind, hitting the ground around that place psychologists call 'ocean feeling', that is the unborn reactions to the outer stimulus they perceive when they are still in the womb. Psycho-Floydish attitude becomes a natural partner to the latest Beatles, as well as a conservation of the american classics (Neil Young, country, blues, west coast rock radios) added to an eye for 90's disciples like Layne Staley, Shawn Smith and Greg Dulli; alienated impros descend smoothly from the glam era written by Brian Eno, Bowie and King Crimson. Here is an unaware hold on to the present Dr. Dog and the already regretted Beta Band, vocal deviations à la Damon Albarn's soundtracks and an osmotic liaison with Albanopower (another dissociated utopia, if you look at our times) whose lemon tree field has witnessed the birth of the vocal lines. In translucency you see Barbagallo, a new figure who's intended to populate like elves do our oneiric, narc-hypnotic, maieutic dimension of our musical reception: a cubic super8 kaleidoscope yellow blurred patina from which you cannot escape in first place, then you don't even want to, right when butterflies begin to prevail."
"There is no doubt about the successful nature of this disk, - and it proves how Barbagallo is a unique Artist in Italy, an all-round musician (from guitar to drums, piano, organ, banjo, strings, samples, tricche tracche) besides that an inspired song-writer: His Music is like a perfect blend of The Beatles and Zappa's pop psychedelic sung by Mike Patton - but these are just generic coordinates for the reader. His kaleidoscopic tunes are twirling, eclectic, - i.e. «Paper Mirror», - hippie and romantic, - or «Yolkrise», maybe the more radio-friendly act among the 11 tracks. Then, «Cold Shiver», - a real opus, - it explores the altered states of fast and slow adrenaline injections, with unexpected angle shots. The album also features some fugue-like space trips - the sense of oneiric disorientation with «Motion Reprise» - and more thoughtful whispered digressions such as «Oh Carol!», the carillon and alien frequencies of «French Road», - as well the pastoral journey of «Little Island, that is over 6 minutes of chatartic rise, begun among the ears of wheat, enwrapping the listener into a tangible multicolour imaginary."
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released 13 July 2009
Written, arranged, performed, recorded & mixed by Carlo Barbagallo
from October 2007 to October 2008,
"The Motion" lyrics written by Salvo Rizzuto;
"Spectacle" music written by Dario Serra & Carlo Barbagallo;
"Oh Carol!" music written by Francesco Accardi & Carlo Barbagallo;
Voices recorded at Vertigo Recordings Studio (Siracusa)
by Toti Valente in May 2009 & mixed by Carlo Barbagallo in June 2009.
Lyrics corrections & pronunciation assistance: Salvo Rizzuto.
Mastered & Produced by Carlo Barbagallo.
Side A: 1-6
Side B: 7-11
Cover Art by Carlo Barbagallo.