This is a soulful, explosive, flowing, ever-changing, complex and elaborate instrumental album. I actually hesitate to say instrumental rock album because Valerian Swing are far beyond any particular label and box, this is metal, rock, even jazz sometimes, eventually contemporary heavy music. Many times technicality kill the soul of the music, but this is not the case of Valerian Swing, extremely complex themes, impressive breaks, twists and turns make their music dynamic, but without loosing anything from its sensivity and expression. Incredible depths, incisive riffs, colorful lyricism, different moods and tones are revealed by this extremely young, but very talented trio from Correggio, Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Formed in 2002 by Stefano Villani, David Ferretti and Alan Ferioli, only one year later including of Johnatan and Davide on vocals they recorded their first five track EP which gained excellent reviews and it was followed by explosive live shows around northern Italy, sharing the stage with established Italian underground bands.
In late 2007, the band back to the original trio lineup, worked with Frank Andiver for the production of their first full-length release entitled “Draining Planing For Ears Reflectors” was officially released in June 2008 and garnered the band much attention both on and away from their native Italian soil. The eight songs range from free jazz to contorted mathcore, passing through indie, progressive rock and metal, pop and hardcore. Back on the road, they performed 70 concerts throughout Austria, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, and the United States upon release.
The new material was recorded in Red Room Recording in Seattle, produced by Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Isis, Botch, Russian Circles) and it was released on April the 18th in the US and UK/Europe (via Cargo) by Magic Bullet Records.
The ten track piece is a wild and beautiful incursion in the large palette of contemporary music kicking out from the crushing heavy riffs of mathcore to the bright highlights of modern jazz-rock fusion. Intense and exciting, heavy and sensitive, pumping and floating, this is an absolutely beautiful material, a rare and exclusive masterpiece. Absolutely impressive.
Valerian Swing – on MySpace
Magic Bullet Records