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Artist: EX-P
Title: Ancora Saigon
Format: CD
Label: Fratto 9 Under the Sky
Rated: *****
Ex-P are an Italian trio formed by Andrea Chiuni (bass, effects, clarino), Alessandro Allera (bass) and Diego Rosso (drums and percussions), and this is their debut album, clothed in an eye-catching red cover (by the way, the food is dried tomatoes, not meat as I initially thought). It's not really easy to define their style, as using words like "prog", "electric jazz" or "post-rock" would be equally partial. Ex-P's instrumental pieces frequently reminded me of the bottomless cauldron of Italian '70's movie soundtracks, where you could find often daring mixes of pop/folk melody and contemporary experimentation. Here, influences range from country to '70's rock, from psychedelia to klezmer, and the sound manages to be both naive and extremely modern and focused. The only comparison I can come up with is with other similar (and underrated) Italian projects like Anatrofobia, Caboto and Comfort, which are talented "beautiful losers" for the arid music market.

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