Hidden Place “Weather Station – Early Works” – Viva Music Album Review

June 10, 2011 in Album Reviews

Emotional Frequencies” * “Pure Ice” * “Anymore” * “Operazione PM 10” * “Centrali Termoelettriche” * “Helden” * “A Day without Time” * “Colors of Sunset” * “Euritmia del Fulgore” * “Euritmia (Early Demo Version)

HIDDEN PLACE are: Giampiero Di B. – guitar, bass, vocals * Fabio V. – keyboards, programming * Antonio L. – sampler, programming, vocals * SaraLux – vocals * Diego B. – mixing, mastering and editing. “Weather Station – Early Works” is a reissue with new artwork of a disc originally released in 2005; recorded 2004-5 at Zenith Studio. Packaged in digipak.

HIDDEN PLACE are an Italian electrowave band formed in 2004.  Following the release of their demo CD “Weather Station” in 2005, their tracks appeared on various compilations, both locally and internationally, before their 2007 release of their full-length debut album “Fantasia Meccanica” and their second album “Punto Luce” in 2009 with Twilight Records. The latter gained wide recognition and was included in the Argentine edition of “Rolling Stone” magazine as one of the top 50 albums of 2009. In 2011, HIDDEN PLACE are as active as ever, with a re-release of “Weather Station – Early Works” and “Fantasia Meccanica”, both with Twilight Records, and with SaraLux as a guest on PATENBRIGADE:WOLFF’s album “Verbundstoff”.

HIDDEN PLACE – “Weather Station – Early Works” – VIVA MUSIC album review:

When listening to “Weather Station” for the first time, your feeling must be that you have trouble believing this album is six year old already, trying at the same time to account for the absence of the entire album from your playlist for all these years. “Weather Station – Early Works” is emotional, captivating, full of zest and vigor – a remarkably pertinent debut album, the re-release of which, in 2011 with Twlight Records does justice to an album that needs not be overlooked or forgotten.

Emotional Frequencies” is not only the first track of the album, but also probably the best description for the sound of HIDDEN PLACE: a fine-tuning of emotions to utmost acuity. The track itself a gem, “Emotional Frequencies” has a very charismatic display of voice and instrument. What ensues is a very sensuous “Pure Ice” and a delicate “Anymore”, both masterfully covering very intimate silences.

Operazione PM 10” has a more alert coating, and its tension builds up gradually, like in a true operation. The same holds true about “Centrale Termoelettriche”, the grandeur of which vies with the very atmospheric sequences that hold this beautiful track together. And if grandeur is the code word, then “Helden” is the right track to listen to next; its very ambitious landscape of sound are truly magnificent and the feeling it provides is one of replenishment. “A Day without Time”, a VIVA MUSIC favorite, is up next, with a very minimalist layout, but impactful.

There are so many things one can say about “Colors of the Sunset”, but one stays intimately with the listener: the melancholic over-effervescence of the track, coupled with delightful electro glides and fabulously rendered expectations. And then it is time for the artistic couplet of “Euritmia del Fulgore” and “Euritmia (Early Version)”; very personal and poetical accounts of electrowave lore.

Weather Station” monitors in depth a lot of emotional processes, and deals with them in a very melodic manner. Without being overly precious, it builds up delicate sentimental ecologies and memorable sound keepsakes. Listen to the beautiful “Euritmia del Fulgore” below:


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