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11/01/2017
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Newpolis - Mediterranean (Beartones, 2018)

The return of the Newpolis is full of themes that are always contemporary but certainly warmer and felt in recent years. In the new Mediterranean album they tell stories of migrations, changes and integrations with the conscious perspective of those who migrated, changes and integrations lived on their skin. The Newpoli project (modernization and wordplay on the Greek root of Naples, new city), in fact, while proposing folk music of Campana and Lucana, is at home in Boston where the founders moved to study Jazz in the famous Berklee College of Music . If the primordial nucleus is all Italian, the other elements are the cause and effect of the band's integration (geographical and social), adding international colors to a nostalgic portrait of Southern Italian music. To the frame and friction drums is joined then a Middle Eastern daf, the violin is flanked by the lyre and the beating guitar is accompanied by the houd, all framed in a frame of flutes, accordions, ciaramels and texts in dialect. None of this, however, is forced or dictated by an excessive desire to mix to trace a concept: each stylistic and instrumental choice is based primarily on aesthetics and taste. The result is a refined and balanced amalgam that speaks to the listener with polyglot eloquence. To open the album we have the title track "Mediterranean" that after an instrumental introduction decant the reasons behind the migratory movements that, although they are historically shared by all the migratory currents, characterize the Mediterranean. The warm sound of the electric bass, the darbouka, the tone of the flute and the rhythm of the guitars already anticipate the general sound of the album which is only occasionally southern, sometimes only in the dialect. With a different style "So 'Emigrant'" reiterates the concept of the previous song, rooting the narrative objectives of the album. A tarantella with minor modes supported by an exuberant low fretless that adjusts dynamic variations as the piece grows in intensity. There is no lack of clearer tributes to the tradition with "Nu pizzicu", "Tarantella Avernetella" or the "Tarantella della Sciffra", but it strikes the peculiarity of the "Pizzica degli Ucci", which is more North African tones for the introduction slow and mystical, and then burst into the rhythms of partying pizzica reinterpreted and repeated for seven more vigorous minutes. If this last piece can easily be preferred by lovers of the sounds of the south, "Iere Sera" is an unexpected but surely welcome closure. Slow and atmospheric piece that evokes Mediterranean sensations with the intertwining of guitar, oud and percussion that support intertwining vowels of almost ritual nature. If the mixture of instruments qualifies and enhances the arrangement and the structure of the disc, the spearhead that glorifies it is the vocal interlocking of which is pervaded. The excellent vocal mastery of the two founders, Angela Rossi and Carmen Marsico, is shown off on all 12 titles manifesting themselves in ornaments, harmonies, microtonal vocalizations and canons but also in the conscious simplicity, sometimes necessary to maintain the integrity of a piece or to further enhance the eclecticism of other parts. The technical level of the whole band is extremely high, it is noted in the consistency and in the wisdom with which the musicians navigate between different languages ​​migrating from their zones musical comfort. With "Mediterraneo" the Newpoli are re-creating skilled proponents of a culture of reproposal and rewriting. Their point of view is particularly interesting given the mixed nature of the organic and the consequent musical language, which describes a tradition that, historically, is built in lands of migrations and meetings assimilating typical, North African and European languages ​​in centuries of Mediterranean transhumance. With "Mediterraneo" the Newpoli are re-creating skilled proponents of a culture of reproposal and rewriting. Their point of view is particularly interesting given the mixed nature of the organic and the consequent musical language, which describes a tradition that, historically, is built in lands of migrations and meetings assimilating typical, North African and European languages ​​in centuries of Mediterranean transhumance. With "Mediterraneo" the Newpoli are re-creating skilled proponents of a culture of reproposal and rewriting. Their point of view is particularly interesting given the mixed nature of the organic and the consequent musical language, which describes a tradition that, historically, is built in lands of migrations and meetings assimilating typical, North African and European languages ​​in centuries of Mediterranean transhumance.