By | Teri Briggs
Wednesday’s, The Portland Playlist, show was unlike any other because it transported us to another country, the romantic country that is Italy.
Luke and Teri welcomed three of the five members of local band, Mbrascatu into the studio for a fun-filled evening of stories, Italian music, and live performance. Joining us were lead singer, guitarist, and Mbrascatu founder, Andrea Algieri; Dylan Dean, violin and backing vocals; and drummer, Mark Powers. John Sabestinas and Tim Anderson were there in spirit.
We spent the first hour listening to the music influences of Andrea and Dylan’s. These ranged from The Cure, Jeff Buckley, and The Roots to Vinico Capossela, Bruno Martino, Goran Bregovic and Nuova Compagina Di Canto Popolare. Andrea talked about being starstuck upon meeting Vinico Capossela and Dylan’s wishing he could see Jeff Buckley in concert. Listening to the Italian songs, you can see how they’ve influenced Mbrascatu’s music with their energy, use of the violin, and theatrical presentation.
Moving into the second hour, we premiered many of the songs off their new album, “Elementi.” Elementi is an album that was recorded, produced, and released in a matter of months which is no small accomplishment! It is darker and moodier than its predecessor, “Tempo” but in no way less enjoyable. It “represents a shift forward in Mbrascatu as a group, a flourishing new creative and collaborative chemistry. According to Andrea, Elementi brings out the darker side of us. The tracks are entrenched with layers of shimmering guitars, growling violin solos, unpredictable rhythm sections and almost whispered melodies.”
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