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Passo Uno : Il žassato riemerso o.s.t

It would seem that most of the music that Passo Uno produces is made for soundtracks. 'Il žassato riemerso o.s.t' is no exception as it is the soundtrack for a documentary called Memorie di Crespi d'Adda - Il passato riemerso, which translates to 'memory of Crespi d'Adda - the re-emerged past'. (You can find the video for free here.) Crespi d'Adda was an Italian worker's village built near the river Adda. The Crespi family built the village nearby their cotton manufacturing plant to house their employees. Most workers villages that I've encountered have been really shabby, being made either of small timber houses of poor quality or barracks-like lumps of cement. This is not the case with Crespi d'Adda. The village falls just a few notches short of being called beautiful. It now also has a place on the UNESCO's World Heritage List because it is such a well preserved example of a workers village. I guess it's as well preserved as it is because it took only a few years to abandon it when the fascist regime of Mussolini took control over the country. It is the life in this village which seems to be the main theme of the documentary. (It is entirely in Italian and I cannot be entirely sure since I don't speak Italian.)

The mood of the documentary is calm with many still images of the white buildings and interviews with elderly people who I suppose have experienced the village while it was still alive. Such a documentary requires a calm soundtrack and that is what you get. The feeling of it reminds me of an old house with large trees outside on a windless evening. It is a warm soundtrack with a cello, a clarinet, a guitar, some light percussion, and a few other elements of the same kind.

This soundtrack is some sort of neo-classic with light pop, jazz and electronica infused into it. So, no, this is not a doom metal release in any way. I'm reviewing solely because of the participation by Tryfar, who is the mastermind of the doom/black project called Asofy. Now that I've reviewed this album and it's predecessor, 'Presenze o.s.t' I feel that I've done my job in informing the doom community of this side act of his, but also I felt that it was important to do so. Tryfar's participation in Passo Uno shows not just the multifaceted influences which affect Asofy, it also shows how diverse the musical foundation of a doomster can be.

Having said that, I wouldn't claim that most doomsters will like this. Sure, the aura of the music has a slight melancholy amongst its warmth, but there is nothing typically doomy about it. Still, that is not to say that this is not good music. It is, in my opinion. The point is merely that this is music for those who like this kind of calm, relaxed classical stuff. On the other hand, I'd really love to hear how this stuff would come out if mixed with doom metal...

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. il paese Immobile
2. Interludio I
3. Acqua come memoria
4. Interludio II
5. Colpi a vuoto
6. Interludio III
7. Ricordi da un senso di appartenenza
8. Interludio IV
9. Declino e caduta

1. The motionless village
2. Interlude I
3. Water-like memory
4. Interlude II
5. Stricken empty
6. Interlude III
7. Recorded in a sense of belonging
8. Interlude IV
9. Decline and downfall

Duration : Approx. 40 minutes.

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Reviewed on 27-07-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
Forever Autumn
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