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Friday 14 February 2020
Concert Lonely Robot, Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer
|Artiest||Giant The Vine|
|Titel||Music For Empty Places|
|Genre||Progressive / Neoprog / RIO|
|Omschrijving||Between the progressive rock of the early 70s and
the alternative rock of the end of the millennium,
"Music for Empty Places", the debut album of the
Ligurian band GIANT THE VINE, takes shape.
The band was born around 2014, and goes through the
usual changes of line-ups, necessary to identify
affinities and build a personal sound with odd
times, guitar arpeggios and suspensions of
mellotron and piano, but also powerful riffs and
Not surprisingly, among the influences of the group
we find Yes, Genesis and King Crimson together with
Mogwai, Secret Machines, Riverside and Porcupine
Eight carefully crafted instrumental tracks,
featuring two guitarists (Fabio Vrenna and Fulvio
Solari) and a drummer (Daniele Riotti) who were
joined by Marco Fabricci on bass and two
keyboardists / pianists (Chico Schoen and Ilaria
Vrenna), between tense electric progressions and
ecstatic melancholy moments.
The main theme of the album is absence.
Not only the absence of texts, which gives a voice
to the ideas that Giant the Vine want to convey.
In "Music for Empty Places" we talk about the
absence of parents, which Fabio Vrenna lost within
a few months during the recordings of the album
(Past is Over), the absence of lost people (Lost
People), and the absence, more generally, of
someone who has just left leaving the lights on.
Finally, a special thanks to Mark Hollis who became
posthumous when the CD was in print.
Modern progressive rock (with seventies
reminiscences) for a cinematic spleen of touching