painting petals on planet ghost Fallen Camellias (digipak CD, £3.50)label: A Silent Place
Second full-length album from Italy's Painting Petals On Planet Ghost, aka brothers Maurizio & Roberto Opalio (My Cat Is An Alien) and vocalist Ramona Ponzini (also involved in the duo Praxinoscope, as well as a new project with Z'EV). 'Fallen Camellias' is a tribute to one of the greatest poets ever, Japanese Yosano Akiko, whose work in literature in the early 1900's is considered as a manifesto for Japanese Romanticism. Imagine a Vashti Bunyan or an early Marianne Faithful singing sweet melodies in Japanese and you can have an idea of the musical and poetical universe of Painting Petals On Planet Ghost. Here Ramona Ponzini's singing comes from the use of Akiko's selected original poems in Japanese along with Ponzini's own typical soft and enchanting wordless vocal style, an out of time muse-like chant hypnotising the ears and minds of the listeners. The songs here are built on acoustic guitar melodies composed by Maurizio Opalio and are made of the same pure, melancholic essentiality of the legendary Nick Drake; while, after contributing arrangements of the most ecstatic nature, the other brother Roberto Opalio has played the role of producer of the whole album, searching for not only an aesthetic, but especially an emotional ideal of perfection. In the heart of winter covered by snow, let 'Fallen Camellias' be your warm blanket, as well as the promise of a new future spring.
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