Band: Flower Flesh
Band Website: http://www.myspace.com/flowerflesh
Label: Black Widow Records
Release Date: 2012
There seems to be a bit of an “old school prog” revival going on in Italy these days. I’ve been hearing quite a few bands like Flower Flesh who are embedding some classic sounds and feels from yesteryear into an updated musical concept. The band’s album Duck in a Box is full of something a little old, something borrowed and something new. Made up of Albert Sgarlato (keyboards), Ivan Giribone (bass), Marco Olivieri (guitar), Andrea Fazio (drums) and Eros Indimberge (vocals), Flower Flesh create an interesting sound, a fascinating blend that features some very familiar symphonic prog landmarks with a bit of psychedelia thrown in for good measure.
Duck in a Box features some classic proggy sounds, with neat analogue synth lines and Mellotron styled strings placed here and there. Longer songs such as “My Gladness After the Sadness” [9:39] feature some nice musical change-ups, going from one segment to the next. The band have maintained a kind of rough edge they throw in from time to time making the musical transitions sound more dramatic than they need to be. Perhaps a psychedelic influence? Guitars, both electric and acoustic appear throughout and as far as keyboards they seem to enjoy the more analogue sounds which is another aspect of their music that is more reflective of times past. The other important element to their musical approach is the inescapable Italian prog sensibility. While the classical influence is not very prominent the way they approach the genre has many memorable moments; incorporating many musical change-ups, changing time and tempo every so often, these all have that classic Italian approach.
Flower Flesh are a relatively new band, having started in 2005 and as such they bring an updated sensibility to the world of Italian prog. Their sound is clearly symphonic, a kind that hearkens back to an earlier time, primarily in the sound of the instruments and also in the uncomplicated arrangements. It may take a couple of listens to pick up what’s going on here, but in the end Duck in a Box is a very satisfying set of tunes. I’m liking it more and more each time I put it on.