The sky’s the limit for the Italian duo.
After the critical acclaim heaped on 2016’s The Sun Is New Each Day, Italy’s Armonite collective, led by composer Paolo Fosso and violinist Jacopo Bigi, are stepping up activities by signing with LA-based Cleopatra Records. The company’s horror and/ or music film division was a major incentive, confirmed by the cinematic quality of the duo’s latest album. It takes a similar, mainly instrumental path to its predecessor, if lighter and more diverse. Fosso’s resonant piano themes and Bigi’s virtuoso violin are the main focus, underscored by a band that includes the pronounced bass presences of Alberto Fiorani and Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin. While tracks such as The March Of The Stars uncork episodic classical prog tropes, By Heart, The Special Drink and Ghosts explore soundtrack-friendly atmospherics, including By The Waters Of Babylon’s sumptuous duet between the two band leaders. Clouds Collide sees Maria Chiara Montagnari singing Armonite’s first fully formed song, recalling Hounds Of Love era Kate Bush, while Blue Curaçao strays into fusion grooves. Two bonus tracks – one Fosso’s piano solo, the second a string quartet flare-up – complete an album to be proud of.