PASTEL - 'L'acchiappa Nuvole' 12" review
PASTEL are an awesome two-piece from Italy who play with a real fusion of styles, from emo, screamo, and punk rock, to post-hardcore, with some great riffing and chords combined with a brilliant sense of underlying melody, and some seriously intense drumming that thrashes between grinding blasts, double time, and technical tom and cymbal-work at such a pace as to make your head swim. All of this is broken up by interludes of cleaner and delayed guitar work, fuzzy soundscapes, and even some rather beautiful piano. The high-pitched shouted vocals are minimal, and the cool thing about this album is that as well as the full-band ten tracks, this also contains the entire thing without any vocals, for those that prefer or are in the mood for an instrumental version. The artwork is awesome too and the lyrics are printed in both English and Italian which is nice. A cracking, musically awesome album that has a very wide appeal for the genre ground that it covers. Great stuff. Check out 'Il Lancio Karman' on our tape, and also the end of 'La Scatola, il Crocevia' for one of the greatest riffs ever.