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Boomkat Product Review:
Important are firing on all cylinders at the moment, we're not really sure how they manage to release so much stuff but when it's this good who cares? Alessandro Stefana is an Italian guitarist, and 'Poste E Telegrafi' is his debut solo album, but rather then rustle up a traditional 'solo guitar' album he has instead raked in a bunch of collaborators and welded the sound of his guitar with an array of different instruments from vintage drum machines to pedal steel. It's odd too, rather than sound like traditional classical guitar he has forged a sound which is at times remininscent of Apollo-era Eno and at others closer to everyone's favourite slooooow rockers Earth (circa Hex) - something which gives the album a beautiful sense of widescreen serenity. It would be easy in fact to imagine 'Poste E Telegrafi' as the soundtrack to a pensive 70s American movie, there are such similarities with Ennio Morricone, Ry Cooder and Bruce Langhorne - yet don't for a moment think this is a mere pastiche. Through odd production and instrumentation Stefana has framed his solo guitar work magically, and at the end it's his guitar motifs that really weave it together and keep the tracks lodged in your memory. This is an exploration into the traditional and the experimental, and never once does it trip up into noodling self-gratifying rubbish, something all too prevelant in the scene. A record which retains a magical narrative - this should appeal to home listeners everywhere. Beautiful stuff.