November 13, 2016

Lelio Padovani: Waves

Italian composer and guitar teacher Lelio Padovani has the fluidity of Steve Vai mixed with prog inklings of Steve Wilson. His new EP Waves is a the crossroads of progressive rock and neo-classical music. His first love is the guitar, but synths are a close second. Kicking off with Time Traveler he channels the Eighties, going over the top with Jean=Michel Jarre-alike wall of keyboards, leaving just enough space for the guitar to make its mark.

The sound of Mike Oldfield and Brian May seeps through the melancholic Siren Song, an alluring come-hither composition, with a tugging cymbal leading the way. The acoustic Sunday brings out his appreciation for Baroque music and it's showcase for his impeccable fretwork - a skill that his students will have a hard time to follow. The title track is a nod to the works of Rhys Chatham; the coda consists of stacked layers upon layers of detuned and retuned guitars upon each other to create an intricate tapestry of six strings.

Waves is a self-released EP. Buy it from his website.

  1. Time Traveler
  2. Siren Song
  3. Sunday
  4. Waves

» Lelio Padovani on Farebook

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