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Sacri Monti
Sacri Monti
September 2015
Released: 2015, Tee Pee Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: UK Team

Hailing from sunny San Diego trip rockers Sacri Monti might at first seem to be nothing more than a time warped retro act. Look (and listen) a little deeper though and it’s soon apparent that the veneer of flares and groovy tunes hides a heart of modernism when it comes to the nuts and bolts of how their music is put together. Labelled as prog rock so many bands look back where here at last is one that at least manages a sixties sound with real progression built in.

Rather than take the obvious route of all with experimentation and ending up like a bin full of Pink Floyd outtakes this eponymous album sounds a bit like a chilled out Trouble or a herbally influenced Blackberry Smoke. It has a heavy dose of a lovely blues rock vibe which gives it flow and groove, pinning it into the time when mobile phones were science fiction and the cold war had yet to thaw. It also has some nice sharp production softened only by the tones used on the instruments and guitar playing with scope you’d only find on records made in the last few years.

The band have stuck to the tradition of making the tracks quite long which works often but not all the time. The last song in particular, the title track, is over twelve minutes and might work at a party when everyone is wrecked but could have been seriously trimmed for everyday listening. Surly that’s why EP’s were invented. This is progressive in a dotting the I’s and crossing the t’s kind of way which is fine because Sacri Monti have focussed on the music rather than trying to be any specific thing. They’ve succeeded in making a very mellow and well put together record.

Review by Gary Trueman
Track Listing

1. Staggered In Lies
2. Glowing Grey
3. Slipping From The Day
4. Sitting Around In A Restless Dream
5. Ancient Seas And Majesties
6. Sacri Monti


Brenden Dellar -Guitar
Dylan Donovan- Guitar
Anthony Meier- Bass
Evan Wenskay- Organ, Synth
Thomas Dibenedetto- Drums

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