En Plein Air release a new album on Fluttery Records. They have been signed to the label in Summer of 2008 and they are the second band the we have signed. They released their 4 song EP “L'alba Irradia L'inutile Parola” in February 2009. The EP has got great reviews in their country and the rest of the world.
Let's have a look at our description for their music.
“Violin and cello brings you to the ocean of nostalgia and melancholia, lovely guitar melodies are the dolphins swimming with you; but it doesn’t mean that you may face chaotic storms with guitars and drums gone crazy. It is En Plein Air from Rome, Italy we are talking about. Their music can find a place in the genre of post-rock but when you listen to them, you realize how their classical and jazz influences affect their music.
Their live performances both in their country and abroad are said to be pleasing. A magazine calls watching them live “smells like the wood of the ancient instruments projected into the future”. One more interesting detail: They are the first group in Europe to play live for virtual pub of the game 2nd Life.”
The beauty of the music still remains, but the ocean is getting warmer.
It was the same year they started writing new songs for their debut. They had experienced something awful while recording it; they left their instruments in the studio after the rehearsal, they discovered they were all stolen when they arrived the studio the next day. They haven't lost the will and went on recording the self titled debut in the Play Wave studio in Rome. Soon after the recording sessions, the album has been sent to Metropolis Studio in London, UK.
En Plein Air have moved forward to another step with this album; all seven tracks are welcoming the new rising sun. Self titled album starts with calming piano entry and the song is followed with distorted guitars and violin climbing to the edge. Various instrumentation, various feelings follows. Guitars to strings, electronics to drums, each member collaborates to the beauty at their best.
On it's 16th release, Fluttery Records is very proud to have such gifted artists in the label.
Saltinaria / Scritto da Giovanni Villani
RATING : 8/10 - Those who know me well, know my predilection for instrumental music. Let it be clear, I don't dislike the other music but I prefer the played part to the vocal part, for different reasons: first, because I'm a musician (especially a bassist) and because I can not absolutely sing. Also, seriously, I firmly believe in the unearthly provenance of Arts and Beauty in general (Immanuel Kant agrees with me, I heard him yesterday).
What is the music if not a hook, which raises the mind and soul from death of daily "human too human" (op. cit.); a continued relief, a force that can give us peace and quiet, energy and adrenaline, calm and excitement?
A force which, personally, I find the highest degree in instrumental music: from J.S. Bach to Trenz Reznor.
Coming to En Plein Air, I recommend listening to their latest omonymous work for the Fluttery Records, because you will find (I hope) the confirmation of my thesis: through an original blend of classical instruments , like the violin, to the synth, they get that fantastic and never banal balance that only real musicians are able to find: all instruments are combined and nobody oversteps the other (who recorded them made a great work too).
How not to mention the many emotions of "En Plein Air": a veritable avalanche. Personally listening to "Waterloo" I jumped off my chair: besides a masterful use of instrumentation, the En Plein Air in their tracks include traces of everyday life, recordings that seem to be (probably are) taken directly from the street; in doing so, emotionally saturated atmospheres collide with reality, causing emotional thuds, worthy of best thriller (I repeat, "Waterloo" just scared me).
If you only have intrigued by talking of the first track, enjoy "En Plein Air"
Caleidoscoop / Jan Willem Broek
The great, ever growing label Fluttery Records excels in releasing high quality and especially unorthodox post-rock bands from all over the world. Portugal, Russia, England, Denmark, Serbia, Norway, Canada, Japan, and so forth: Fluttery manages to find the extraordinary bands every time. In 2009 the Italian sextet En Plein Air debuted with the mini cd L'alba Irradia L'inutile Parola on the label. On that release they showed that, like other bands on the label, they can create some unorthodox sounds within the worn-out post-rock genre. Now the band from Rome is back with their self-titled full length. Eric Caldironi (guitar), Giovanni Federici (guitar), Ludovico Lamarra (bass), Marzia Ricciardi (violin), Aron Carlocchia (synthesizer, piano) and Adriano Proietti (drums), here and there complemented by Federica Vecchio's cello, again perform their wayward instrumental crossbreed of post-rock, library rock, wave, neo-classical, dark ambient, and electronics. What stands out in all 7 tracks is that they are drenched in melancholia. That is the case both in the more cinematic, calmer parts, and in the epic, blazing parts. By the way, if it is hard, then it is really hard. They build up towards such explosions nicely, but do not continuously switch between soft and hard. Nicely undulating, they meander through genres, bringing to mind different musical references, such as Mono, Giardini Di Mirò, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Dirty Three, Sigur Rós, Les Fragments De La Nuit, Clogs, and Robin Guthri at different times, but always focusing on the post-rock influences. It is an exciting and very varied CD, filled with surprising and breathtakingly beautiful elements. A fantastic CD that manages to captivate until the last nanosecond.
Ytsejam / Tommy Hash
RATING 4/5: Chamber music meets post-rock is the best way to describe the sonic sounds of Rome Italy's En Plein Air. In their instrumental nature, their use of guitar, violin and cello holds down the main melodic nuances, playing the melodic lines in what otherwise a vocalist might sing, expressing lyrical fashion across the strings, with the notes played leading into musical interpretation instead of being literary. Against that, you have the sound of a rock band ala-Long Distance Calling and Six Gallery, with the addition of a modernist classical edge and flowing jazz overtones throughout.
Tracks such as "Thai," "Sul Confine," and the brooding "Comete" are the embodiment of the melodramatic composition, being mellow, yet intricate in the musical expression and execution; while the noise laden "Waterloo," the upbeat "Ill Dario Dei Lamp" and the slide guitar riddled "Oltre La Pioggia" bring about expansive musical nuances to make the music more intense than simply creating a mood. Nevertheless En Plein Air is a tight ensemble that melds musical invention with their own aristocratic creativeness.
Hard Sounds / Igor Farnelli
First test on the long distance to the Roman author of an ensemble masterpiece post-rock that lies between the productions of Giardini di Mirò, Sigur Ros, God Is an Astronaut, embellished with hints of jazz and classical music. The fictional work creates a bridge between reality and dream, empties the heart and mind of every thought and reconditions them to allow the listener to immerse yourself in a dreamlike dimension emphasized by delicate melodies and substantial acceleration. Two guitars, bass, drums, violin, cello and keyboards, seven instruments not easy coexistence: this involves the ability of the band that can make them become the natural completion/overlay one another thanks to almost ethereal arpeggios, majestic crescendo that know more sensitive touch the strings of the human soul, and even parts of vibrant rock. I had the pleasure and the honour of having attended the release party: I can confirm the absolute importance of performance marked by moments of genuine emotion that makes you feel more alive and emotional.
The album is characterized by lightness of light and its variations of intensity, which allow you to fully grasp the gradations of tone of these landscapes and to brighten the darkest areas of our mind and melancholic. A fresco of human emotions, evoke perfectly the sound of the violin, true "leitmotif" of these narratives. Although the music of the En Plein Air is often categorized as post-rock and although many of their sounds point to bands such as Godspeed you! Black Emperor, Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Rós and Mùm, however, is the peculiar fusion of instrumental rock, classical music and melody to characterize and make unique sound of En Plein Air. A sound particularly appreciated abroad as evidenced by the very positive authoritative reviews of "The Silent Ballet". And it is no coincidence that the American label Fluttery Records believed strongly in the project "En Plein Air", allowing the band Roman produce and distribute their music worldwide. The album consists of seven tracks, marked by a perfect balance of all instruments.A nice job, a recommended album.
Nerds Attack / Emanuele Tamagnini
And finally came the moment of the coveted debut album. The long instrumental Sextet's artistic life comes alive in Roman arrival of spring. The En Plein Air, fly over the gracefully and comeliness technique, with the balance and purity of the more cerebral post rock, with the blink of an eye of enchantment and revelation. Unnecessary to establish the coordinates, references and comparisons but it will be good instead emphasize some of the seven "movements" that make up this self-titled debut. I find the last three tracks absolutely magic and releases, forested gentle melancholy of soul, in slight contrast with the first four that precede it, much less dynamic and confidential, much less compromising and accomplices. Intense shades of a flight where the horizon does not seem to be obstacles.
Terapija / Horvi
This debut album, recorded in Rome and mixed in London, has produced a sound that is at the crossroads of post-rock, ambient and soundtrack. The band shows a mastery of a luxurious range of creative possibilities that reaches peaks of monumental artistic inclination towards classical music . It is quite easy (except for the composition of something stronger like "Waterloo") feel the impact in some compositions of influences like “Death Cab For Cutie”, “Explosions In The Sky”, and inevitably the post-rock band “Mogwai” and “Sigur Ros”. The particularity of their perfection, fine and delicate produced weavings of electric violin and piano and synth lines that define coloring image flowing like on a treadmill. In any case, the violin adds a different charm that sometimes recalled to mind the “Delgados”, and a touch of British band very reminiscent of a similar-Mika evil. Unlike most post-rock band who engage in mind-numbing melodies and instrumental music due to a repetitive minimalism, En Plein Air have no problem with the free use of musical time. Their compositions are actually moving quite dreamy, but at the same time develop the subtle tones of a liquid music that does not have a monotonous and minimal predictability; so that in less than 40 minutes you can have, comfortably at home, a production a lot higher than the average in the world's post-rock scene.
Cyclic Defrost / Chris Downton
The seven tracks collected here see En Plein Air building lush emotive arrangements using viola, cello, guitars, drums and subtly-placed electronics, and while there’s certainly plenty of familiar post-rock territory covered here, it’s the forays into harder edged guitar crunch that mark the band apart from many of their post Tortoise / Thrill Jockey peers. Opening track ‘Waterloo’ is emblematic of the above approach, slowly coming into focus amidst dreamy minimalist piano chords before a wall of rock guitars suddenly flares into life, mournful strings coiling tightly around a backbone of clattering drums, the entire track only deviating from its fiery ascendance for a wander into blurred sounding guitar chords and subaquatic electronic sloshes halfway through.
While a lot of the sonic territory charted on this debut self-titled album is likely to be very familiar to post-rock listeners by now, En Plein Air manage to move with a sense of confidence whilst packing an unexpectedly hard edge that sets them well apart from many of their dreamy post-shoegaze peers.
The Silent Ballet / Greg Norte
After a strong debut in 2009 with the EP L'alba Irradia L'inutile Parola, En Plein Air has created a follow-up record that exemplifies maturity in songwriting, but a surprising loss of a defining musical style. While L'alba is mainly a post-rock record, its paunchy jazz-influenced melodies helped separate it from the pack. This self-titled album exchanges jazz influences for electronic stabs. Whether this is good or bad is not quite clear, but it certainly adds a new dimension to the band's sound.
The powerful violin and cello melodies are a happy constant, and the technical prowess of their playing overshadows many of the compositional quirks. Extreme emotional swings are de facto. Occasionally, the electronics are used to heartbreaking perfection ("Sul Confine") and inspire epic rises of the senses. Intricate guitar lines morph into explosions of drumming and distortion with elegance and force. En Plein Air's technical know-how and keen melodic sense are retained, even as they experiment with new techniques and ideas.
The exchange of jazz for electronics is an interesting musical move. The results remain cohesive, but the band still seems to be searching for an overall identity. Future releases can only perfect their sound.
The Breakfast Jumpers
Two years away from their first ep, the En Plein Air are back with a record of seven fantastic tracks. It begins with Waterloo. Waterloo is the emotional defeat, surrender. With that wonderful violin that accompanies it, the third track, you don't see other than the tundra that is faded in your heart. Outside it unleashes hell. And it rains and thunders while listening to the Diario dei lampi, sweet, almost reassuring. In the last beautiful tracks piano to is the protagonist, but the fact is that you are already on the ground bleeding with five bullets in the chest. An applause to the Fluttery Records that he saw the potential already in 2008.