Friday, April 28, 2017

LP Review: "Musa" by Alchimia

There's a taco truck here in St. Louis that's been around since the advent of St. Louis Food Trucks.

I have seen no less than 365,577 social media posts about how great this particular truck is and that we all need to eat their tacos.

Their food was so great they had to start a brick and mortar location in order to serve all the tacos. According to the monolithic hive mind of the internet, Jake the Taco Delivering Mailman's tacos had nothing on this particular taco truck.

Well, I'm not the kind of person to go stalking a food truck and my offices have been out of the way so they won't make good money here.

Years after their inception. At an event I was attending at The Water Tower Park on Compton Hill, this vaunted Taco Truck was there too. I purchased a chicken taco and a steak taco. I hated these tacos more than I could imagine. Immediately, they were unfollowed on social media by me.

Alchimia (Emanuele Tito)
This taco truck sold fusion tacos, meaning it was two kinds of food smooshed into one package.

Alchimia is sort of like that as well, except it's more like three kinds of things. Neapolitan Folk, Post Metal, and Goth Metal.

And Neapolitan Ice Cream has three flavors too.

What the non-taco truck examples have in common is that they have fused together ideas that are normally disparate to amazing results.

Alchimia has layers upon layers of textures. If we're going back to the taco example, it's a lot like Taco Bell's Double Decker Crunch Wrap.

What pulled me in wasn't the heaviness of the metal parts, the acoustic melodies of the folk parts, or even the progressive nature of the rest of it, but how the three concepts were fused together.

Though there are passages featuring both folk and (post) metal singularly, it's how they're presented simultaneously that makes this album interesting and compelling. It never feels forced or uncomfortable.

Emanuele Tito accomplishes prog like Yes or Pink Floyd. The parts flow so seamlessly that it seems inconceivable to separate them.

Release: 5/5/17
Genre: Folkened Post Metal
Label: Nadir Music

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