Art Rock Show – A Space Odyssey – Part Three: Starchild (Week 36)

De Italiaanse band RanestRane werd opgericht in 1998 en bestaat uit Daniele Pomo (zang, percussie), Massimo Pomo (gitaar), Maurizio Meo (basgitaar) en Riccardo Romano (toetsen). De naam RanestRane komt van “vreemde kikkers” (rane strane) en is geïnspireerd door het verhaal “Hop-Frog” van Edgar Allen Poe. De band schrijft rock opera’s gebaseerd op beroemde films, waarbij muziek en zang verweven worden met geluidseffecten en dialogen uit de film

Austin Kokel van Sonic Perspectives: “RanestRane, celebrating a 20th anniversary in 2018, is a band who has found a really cool and clever source of inspiration for their music: in a style nicknamed CineConcerto, their albums are based on classic films for which the band has a tremendous amount of respect, such as Werner Herzog‘s Nosferatu (the album Nosferatu il Vampiro) or another of Kubrick‘s works, The Shining. Since 2013, however, they have been hard at work on what might end up being their career-defining achievement, A Space Odyssey, with Part One being devoted to the Monolith, Part Two being devoted to HAL-9000, and now, the end of the trilogy “Part Three: Starchild.” (…)

There are space-age arpeggio keyboards aplenty, heavy driving rock sessions evoking the panic of certain moments in the film, and quiet, somber acoustic guitar moments which make the listener ponder how alone we are, or are we, in infinite space. All the while, we are led along on the journey by Daniele Pomo‘s soulful and heartfelt vocals, and despite things being lost in translation, at least Italian is a beautiful language, and sung with great beauty (the acoustic / vocal duet in “Stargate”, for example, being one of the most poignant moments of the trilogy). The band also uses moments from the film to great effect, such as having the ship’s klaxon blaring in rhythm to the beat of the music, and handing off that rhythm to Meo‘s rumbling bass guitar. Or using the soundbite of the ship’s computer HAL-9000’s final words losing speed as HAL sings us his final song, set to the band’s music. And RanestRane was smart to include the finale of the second part of the film on the beginning of this album, so we’re treated to the most quotable soundbite of all (“Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” “I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”) on the finale of the trilogy.”

Naast Ranestrane met Starchild hebben we deze week: Logos (L’ Enigma Della Vita), Ingranaggi Della Valle (Warm Spaced Blue), Il Rovescio Della Medaglia (Tribal Domestic), Premiata Forneria Marconi (Photos of Ghosts), Goblin (Suspiria) & Banco Del Mutuo Succorso (Banco Del Mutuo Succorso).

  • Thursday/Donderdag 12.00 – 24.00
  • Friday/Vrijdag 12.00 – 24.00
  • Saturday/Zaterdag 12.00 – 18.00


Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.