Hidden Place composed of Fabio Vitelli, Antonio Losenno, Giampiero Di Barbaro and Sara Lux Vitelli. For more infos about the band just check their interview on DieSeele (http://www.dieseele.net/2014/11/interview-with-hidden-place.html) two years ago .Well,following their music so far and having seen them live here in Athens , recently their latest album with the German-Italian title Nero Schwarz came to my hands. This is a collection mainly of new versions of the best tracks that have appeared on various albums over the past ten years. Nero Schwarz (self-released limited to 150 copies) is the third compilation for this group, having previously, on the occasion of their tenth anniversary, released Retrospettiva I/II.
First of all , the album presented with a beautiful cover showing a Roman-cultural .The music characterized by a blend of melancholic vocals, atmospheric gothic-wave, and 80s-style electropop. Vintage synth leads and ambient padding creates an atmosphere that screams for the 80’s nostalgia and I was instantly reminded of dark textures like Visage, Ultravox, Clan Of Xymox and early Kirlian Camera when listening this band. Nothing edgy, aggressive, or industrial about this album. Just a sweet and emotional journey .
The new versions of the songs are quite good and I will talk about my favourites. A high point is "Picture Hall", which remains one of the most satisfying songs of the band, sounding like Clan of Xymox’s masterpiece “back door” . Here the tempo is reduced ,sounding quite polished but the melody is still great remaining my personal favourite, melancholic and gradually evolving.. The new version of Alla Mostra Dei Costruttivisti" starts with a fast tempo and a straight melody with a perfectly matched vocaline . A hypnotic, catchy track that no one could ignore along with 'Reazione'. "Alexanderstrasse’’ contains a synthpop atmosphere and, due to its playful bass synths, strongly reminiscent of classic 1980s electropop songs. In ‘Window’ Sill every note can make you feel an immense but desperate sweetness.
In conclusion, Nero Schwartz contains 13 beautiful tracks consisting a beautiful and a delicious introduction to the band. A recommendation for every Wave fan!
01 - HISTOIRE D'AMOUR
02 - NEI VERSI DI PREVERT
03 - WITHOUT TIME (V.2)
04 - LONDON TO ROME (V.2)
05 - CENTRALI (V.2)
06 - GIOCO CROMATICO (V.2)
07 - EMOTIONAL (V.2)
08 - ALLA MOSTRA DEI COSTRUTTIVISTI (alternate version)
09 - PICTURE HALL (alternate version)
10 - ALEXANDER STRASSE (alternate version)
11 - WINDOW SILL (alternate version)
12 - REAZIONE (alternate version)