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Nightingale - Daylight Saving Time

Nightingale - Daylight Saving TimeItalian prog band, Nightingale, was founded at the end of 2000 by Piero Delucia (guitar, vocals).  Joined by two friends, Paolo Ruggieri (drums) and Francesco D’Ercole (keyboards), gigs soon followed where the trio (with Alessandro Ruggieri on bass) performed music by PFM, Rush, Pink Floyd, Dream Theater etc.  A couple of months later, Piero started to write new pieces culminating with lengthy recording periods in the studio, where Piero also played bass.  After these initial recording sessions had finished in 2002, Nicola Ruggieri joined the band as full time bass player.  Finally, debut album, Daylight Saving Time, was released at the end of 2003.

The nine-track album opens with a short classical guitar intro track, which, in my mind, is typically Italian in style.  The music then opens up in prog-metal symphonic mode, and by that I mean the two prog styles are there independently almost.  A strong Led Zep ‘folk’ influence (i.e. Led Zep IV) is also present especially with regard to vocal arrangement and sound.

Preferring to let the music roll on, I didn’t pay too much attention to where the tracks began and ended, so was a little surprised after 15 or so minutes to find I had reached track 4 (Ora Legale).  The music sits so well, it could have been just one long track with many changes and styles.

Nobody Cares Of Dusty Mellow has a atmospheric, Genesisy, build up peppered with Dream Theater heaviness prior to the latter taking eminence for a short period.  At around 11 minutes, this is the longest track on the album and has everything from delicate acoustic folk to manic heavy guitar and Mellotron (sample, I assume, but good enough to be the ‘real thing’).  Complex and emotional.

It is this mix of the delicate with the heavy, like a lot of the Fish era Marillion works, that immediately appeals and whilst it may take some time before individual melodies, due to their complexity, become wholly familiar, it is an album that begs to be played over and over again.

The final track, appropriately titled Exit?, seemingly ends after about 90 seconds (as it should, according to the booklet) but let it run and six minutes later the music starts again.  I have no idea why there is six minutes of recorded silence, but it does offer enough time to make a hot drink before a repeat play!  I wonder of they perform ‘the silence’ at gigs?  Perhaps it is just on my copy of the CD.

Daylight Saving Time is a strong debut release with a nice proportion of vocals (25%) to instrumentals (75%).  Check out Nightingale’s web site for sound samples and further information.

Jem Jedrzejewski

Nightingale

Fossil Records

 

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