Jonny Trunk continues finding and re-releasing weird old gems, this time with the help of James Pianta. The pair’s new label, Pheon, has just put out Armando Sciascia’s ocean-themed library music collection Sea Fantasy, a shiny, synthy, contemporary classical thing from the early 70’s. Great weirdo stuff.
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- Sea Fantasy by Armando Sciascia
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 08 October 2015
What’s your fantasy? Take a moment and transplant yourself into that mindspace of desire. Wait, don’t get too carried away - STOP! Jeez, people are predictable. If that area was populated by merpeople joyously swimming around a submerged Paris, then stop reading this and buy this record. Else, read on.
A glance over the rear of the cover sets the whole tone perfectly - a hilariously brilliant excerpt reads ‘Ah! To remain this way, motionless forever, to gaze beyond the horizon, beyond time, beyond the depths of the watery bed!’. You know what you’re in for here, grandiose 70s theatrics from a forgotten concept album. One side of the sound encompasses traditional french street-corner accordion songs played on acoustic/electric guitars and synths, very tightly orchestrated and delightfully cheesy. This must be the peaceful scene before the imaginary peril. When that comes, we enter the dissonant, enchanting territory of more impressionistic contemporary classical, played on harps for xtra mystery. If you’re into that Planet Sauvage thing by Alain Goraguer, as well as general nostalgia music which is omnipresent these days, you’ll probably be into this.
‘It’s more like a '60's Bond soundtrack, that’ - Ian ‘Clown’ Norman.
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