Andrea Salini is an artist hailing from Italy from who has been playing music since his brother got him interested. Salini taught himself guitar, went to school for music and released a number of albums. His latest is entitled Lampo Gamma.
Salini explains Lampo Gamma is a concept album of space rock inspired by bands like Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joe Satriani, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and Smashing Pumpkins. That’s a fairly large spectrum of extremely poplar artists and you can certainly hear some of that influence scattered throughout the album. As someone who has lived almost his entire life in the States I could clearly hear the European accent Salini has. The accent was in fact so noticeable it took me a couple of spins to have it sink in.
The album opens with “Strange Day” which had a summer season Joe Satriani type of feel to this music. It’s a solid opener, free of pretension and sticks a straightforward pop/rock structure including a lead guitar solo. “Distant Planets” has a distinctly different approach. The song is a ballad which to my ears and sounded somewhere between The Scorpions and Pink Floyd. It’s the type of ballad you really don’t hear getting released anymore by popular artists.
“Hendrix Funk” is an appropriate title. The song is funky with an alternative rock foundation. “Space Anthem” is an ambient instrumental piece focusing on guitar. Salini then decides to cover “Bad Moon Rising.”
The space oriented themes continue with “The Moon” which contained some of the most unique music on the album. I was reminded of the band Air at times and thought the vocal melodies were memorable. The album closes with “The Martian” which is a hard rock instrumental guitar piece.
The songs felt distinct amongst themselves. I think I wanted a little more cohesion and a concrete foundation which unified the songs. One thing that needs to be said is how professional and well recorded the songs were. It sounds radio ready.
Salini released a solid album which I think should appeal to a large demographic. Recommended.
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