Stafano Barone continues to be fascinated by rhythmatics but, in Danze Altalenanze, he takes his experimentations and progressions a significant step further from 2009's Particolore #Uno. The shift is rather pronounced. Starting out in the sharply uptempo Danze, with its loops and layering, he sets up a rondo-esque quick-step that rapidly interpolates tailchasing signatures, then fades into recession and percussionistics before resuming the main theme in soft reflection, building volume slowly. The attack on certain elements next gains a pianistic tone, then everything collapses into a noiseur's fascination with a weakly buzzing 60 cycle hum. Don't, dear reader, rush to rescue what seems to be a blown amp, as Barone's just dallying in, as mentioned, markedly dissimilar modes and dispositions. In Live Zoe 9/11, he harks back to Cluster and floating tones that begin to resolve into beautiful Frippian Wind on Water acoustics and delicately limned wispy string utterances. As if to reveal the blending points of that era, a noisy mosquito-esque Swastika Girls kind of roughness develops, then drops into the droney Madrid, evocative of the town it's named after but not of this era, more a Cervantes capture.
The circular forms in Danze are hypnotic and decay into a segment sounding like some lost portion of the quieter sections of Peter Green's classical Oh Well extensions. One cannot, however, escape the constant re-surfacing of lilting rhythms in this disc, nor would one desire to, as events gently swirl, balmy pools in shady arbors, canaries flying figure eights, dried leaves whispering along in vortices and invisible dust devils. It's too difficult to pick a favorite track here, so I'll not do so, though the lovely refrains of Lab4kids really stick in the memory. Once again, as in his first effort, Barone isn't looking to set the fretboard on fire with racing fingers but instead weave very fetching airy structures that subtly re-craft the listener's environment in inescapable repeating seductions.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
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