Remember the collaboration-EP between Solquest and Diofarfalla? This duo has Stefano Spataro, too, working together with a man named Jacopo Fiore. This album is already the fourth (or so, it's a bit difficult to count since they've used various names) release from the collaboration, and at least as avantgarde as one could expect from these people and the label "HysM?". The CD-R comes wrapped in a plastic slip, which is accompanied by a DVD-sized black-and-white info sheet of thick paper. It doesn't look too stunning but is acceptable, especially so as it holds all the infos. The album doesn't hold the (few lines of) lyrics, but well, I wouldn't understand them anyway since they're in Italian.

The album mixes mashes progressive and psychedelic rock together with crude underground avantgarde. After a mellow accordion-based intro the song "Nuevo..." suddenly bursts into motion through its repeating guitar riff and bouncy drums and percussions, that all soon paves way for a tribal interlude followed by some noisier, revving rock-bit - and all this takes place within a two-minute timeline. The song's third minute has some bleak and minimalistic piano only, giving the listener a bit of time to go through what he just experienced, until the next tunes come along. "Arte Culinaria" is a short but versatile piece of nifty percussion action, whereas song number three is akin to the opener's rock-parts with its repetitive guitars and looped drum rhytms, but has some jamming organ synths as well. The songs six and eight are somewhat similar, but with a less restricted flow and a good dose of jazzy saxophone bringing a lot of colour and deep emotion with it. Do note that some of the rock-parts are intentionally "misplayed" and have polyrhythmic gimmicks to make them more fitting to the album's artistic style.

The album balances, and at times wobbles, between the louder moments of rock and other rhythms, a lot less controlled jazzy and avantgarde experimentations, as well as a few atmospheric parts relying on minimalism. The imbalance might not come out through the upper paragraph, but know that in addition to the more controlled and composed songs I described, the album holds the minimalistic eight-minute jamming-tune "How to Hypnotize," and the earlier seven-minute "Stragedy" is similarly "aimless" in its jamming but comes with noisy crashing end - those two are already half of the album. Even though the jamming itself sounds decent, the tracks would need quite a bit more edge to really stick out enough, as now they easily become background ambience between the more "outspoken" tracks. Speaking of outspoken, the vocal department would need quite a bit refinement as well; the really loud shouts in "Cattive abitudini" sound nothing but annoying and have nothing to give to the atmosphere, and instead end up destroying it. Luckily such clear vocals aren't used but a couple of times, more often they're present in the form of some humming or such. In such a calm form they fit the songs well, but the louder parts just give the album an unnecessarily tongue-in-cheek vibe - and I say that while aware of the fact that the band isn't even trying to be too serious.

The songs present talent from the artists both in creating a good vibe as well as handling their instruments, but take too radical twists from A to B without enough consideriation regarding their flow from one to another. These changes stand for both the compositions' style, mood, and the overall emotions they deliver. It's a good thing that the album has a concise lenght, since it might've fallen apart if it were longer. In short, the songs are rather good aside of the few "funny" parts, but the album would need major refinement when viewed as a whole.

7- / 10