The third album by former Taproban musician Roberto Vitelli is a wonderful RPI work, featuring great special guests (Mattias Olsson, Tomas Bodin, David Cross, John Hackett, David Jackson, Tony Pagliuca and Luciano Regoli) and cover art by Rodney Matthews.
Ellesmere, a symphonic-prog music project founded and led by Italian multi-instrumentalist Roberto Vitelli, former Taproban bass and guitar player, author of all the music and lyrics, surprisingly comes back just one year after their second album Ellesmere II/ From sea and beyond with an amazing work in terms of freshness, energy, impact and meticulous attention towards its sound and arrangements.
First of all, Wyrd deserves admiration starting from the cover artwork made by Rodney Matthews (Rick Wakeman, Asia, Uriah Heep, Hawkwind, Magnum, Nazareth, Eloy, Scorpions and many others), an iconic illustrator at least equal to the legendary Roger Dean. Musically, it evolves on the same path of Ellesmere II, so the main references are classic prog outfits Yes, King Crimson, Kansas, plus a good amount of jazz-rock, present in every song; but there are also references to contemporary progressive rock and to artists such as Transatlantic, Flower Kings and Spock’s Beard.
Wyrd is therefore a third epic and even more enthralling chapter than the previous one, almost completely instrumental and captivating from the first minute to the very last one. As per tradition, Wyrd also involves a series of prog-related prestigious guests: Mattias Olsson (Änglagård, White Willow / drums), Tomas Bodin (The Flower Kings / keyboards), David Cross (King Crimson / violin), John Hackett (brother of the famous Steve Hackett and a constant presence in his solo records / flute), David Jackson (Van Der Graaf Generator, Osanna / saxophone), Tony Pagliuca (Le Orme / keyboards), Luciano Regoli (Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno / voice), Fabio Liberatori (Loy & Altomare, Lucio Dalla, Ron / keyboards) and Giorgio Pizzala (vocals). In a path of musical and stylistic evolution that started from the acoustic and pastoral prog of Les Châteaux De La Loire (2015), we hope that Wyrd does not represent point of arrival, but another passage towards new unexplored lands! Papersleeve CD edition with 24x36cm mini-poster.
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