LOVISONO / MESSINA - PRATI DEL MONTE ANALOGO

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 LP edition, limited to 500 copies. Originally published in 1979 by the legendary Gianni Sassi's Cramps Records label, as part of a series curated by Franco Battiato, the long-awaited "Prati Bagnati del Monte Analogo" has finally made available by Die Schachtel in a repackaged deluxe edition (both LP and CD), fully remastered (by Giuseppe Ielasi) from the original Cramps tapes, and complete with 3 extra tracks (in the CD edition) dug from Francesco Messina's archives.

Produced by Franco Battiato, the breathtaking oeuvre of Francesco Messina and Raul Lovisoni is openly inspired to the unfinished metaphysical novel 'Le Mont Analogue', by the French writer Renè Daumal, who had been for many years a student of the teachings of the enigmatic Armenian Georges Ivanovich Gurdjieff. The reference to Gurdjieff is important in order to frame this work in its own context, because at that time the great Greek-Armenian mystic was beginning to exert large influence into the diverse and stimulating artistic environment that for many years developed around Battiato, which included, among the others, Juri Camisasca, Francesco Messina and Giusto Pio. Battiatoo™'s entourage was characterized by a deep desire of spirituality that would not adhere to a  particular faith, but rather involved a full opening of the mind and body. This spiritual quest, that one can hear shining through the music, was something intimate and personal and it never became the expression of religious extremists looking forward to live in another world. Similarly, Prati Bagnati del Monte Analogo is a stage of that journey that the artists developed independently, yet with a constant tension of the Spirit resulting from years of readings and reflections shared with others. The music of this album is an exact compendium on such intimate journey: drones and overtones, repetitive patterns, deep meditative feel, spaced atmospheres.