«Orlando» was released as a limited
edition in 1998 and it was shortly sold-out as a well-acclaimed
album. In 2016, ATARAXIA and TWILIGHT RECORDS introduce you
to a digitally mastered new edition of this opus inspired by
the well-known character of Virginia Woolfs novel. Orlando
passes through several different historical ages, from Queen
Elisabeth age to the xxth century acquiring the appearance of
a young man, a maiden, and a woman.
The dualism of the character is well exemplified in two tracks
entitled with his/her name. The first one, «Orlando (
a female)», is a march with strong neoclassical influences,
which leads to the more intimate atmosphere of the second track,
a male)», an aria built on complex
guitar arpeggios. This album features also the peculiar, nocturnal
and echoing ambiences of «Bonthrop», the overture,
which is gloomy, liquid and rarefied. Shelmerdine
is a sensual ballad full of magic. The visionary charge of this
album is emphasised in the closing track, «Elfine»,
in which the singing becomes a crazy instrument able to create
dissonances having a very impressive emotional impact.
It was midnight, the midnight
tolling; it was October Thursday.
He/She came... a male or rather a female ?
He-She owned the steel shining blue of a silvery pool, he-she
was a fleshing vassel going towards the sun, he-she was a ghostly
presence in undistinguishes seas, he-she was the moaning of
the wind, of the Southern West wind...
The universal had his-her presence, splitting the archetype
into a mask of his-her own features. Focalised ivory pyramid,
roseate welcome, shake of mahogany, round of senses, magma in
fire, artist hands... I was erecting the statue of epidermic
marble in symbiotic catharsis to his-her majesty !
Oozed in thousands atoms of atmospheric fine dust he-she owns
the apotheosis of light. A male or a female ?"