Sunday 23 October 2016

Ellesmere - Les Châteaux de la Loire (2015)

The debut album from this Italian project.

Ellesmere is Roberto Vitelli from the Italian band Taproban together with some hired musicians. The two most known of them are John Hackett on flutes and Anthony Phillips on narration and some guitars. There are ten other (Italian) musicians too. The lineup is acoustic guitars, flutes, electric guitars, Moog, Mellotron, strings, percussions, bass, viola, violins and some vocals.

And Italian project with an English name and a French album title is pretty rare. Not to mention strange. But there is both method and meaning in this project.

Anthony Phillips has been mentioned here. He opens up the album with some story telling and narration. And the rest of the album is down his alley too.

Those who like this ex Genesis guitarists albums can now stop reading this review and go to an online shop to purchase this album. This fifty minutes long album is very much in the vein of Anthony Phillips. My guess is that Anthony Phillips was delighted when asked to add his voice to this album.

The music here is through and through pastoral with a lot of acoustic guitars, flutes and Mellotron. Those are the dominating instruments here.

This album is softly spoken. But it still has an awful lot to say. The music is good to great throughout. It also comes with a great sound and an great ambience. An ambience which makes me relax and just makes me enjoy the music which comes out from my speakers. This is indeed a very good album and one to enjoy. More of this please....... and I am getting some more Anthony Phillips albums.

3.5 points

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