Not a Good Sign

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about

Not a Good Sign is a project by AltrOck and some bands’ members of the label.
Marcello Marinone, Paolo «Ske» Botta and Francesco Zago, after a successful collaboration in Yugen and Ske, propose a new blend of their musical attitudes. The result is an ominous, fascinating sound melting vintage keyboards, powerful guitars and voice, besides ethereal and autumn nuances, supported by a compelling rhythmic drive.

In 2011 Botta and Zago began to write the music, and Zago provided the lyrics too. Soon Gabriele G. Colombi and Alessio Calandriello, from La Coscienza di Zeno, joined the band. The drummer Martino Malacrida completed the line-up in 2012.

In these tracks many of you will recognize the Old Prog School from the 70s, but in a modern key, with a pinch of hard-rock and psych. Resonant vocal melodies and lyrics complete the gloomy but colourful imagery of the band.

King Crimson, Van Der Graaf Generator, Anekdoten, Ennio Morricone, Michael Nyman, Bark Psychosis, Jaga Jazzist, Steven Wilson, Anglagard

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released June 10, 2013

Paolo «Ske» Botta, keyboards
Alessio Calandriello, vocals
Gabriele Guidi Colombi, bass
Martino Malacrida, drums
Francesco Zago, guitars

Guests:
Maurizio Fasoli, grandpiano (Yugen)
Sharron Fortnam, vocals (North Sea Radio Orchestra, Cardiacs)
Bianca Fervidi, cello

Recorded by Andrea Rizzardo (Effettonote), Paolo Botta (South Central Ceppine Studios)
and Francesco Zago (Ganascia Studio) between March and April 2013

Mixed by Andrea «Hot Rats» Rizzardo

Mastered by Udi Koomran (Ginger Studio, Tel Aviv)

Artwork by Paolo "Ske" Botta

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Track Name: Almost II
Clouds moving West
swollen and grey
with gloomy grace
like a solemn swan

Slow muffled throbs
pulse deep in my bones
under the skin
in the frozen wind

Evening falls down
Evening falls down
Evening falls

You're trapped
just close your eyes
stuck in your dream
without end
Last lights
through faceless trees
soon the white will
cover this land

Evening falls down
just close your eyes
trapped in your dream
without end
Track Name: Not a Good Sign
silent
in their metal plate
bubbles in a row
at the traffic lights

light blade
moving with the moon
you seethe
waiting for the crash

now they listen just to
sad and dull lullabies
they want just hear
their breathless growl

it’s not a good sign

better
shutting oneself in
than blowing up
and killing someone

they plead
«leave me in peace»
hiding in
strangely sweet sounds

on the rooftops
by a lakeside
believe what I’m saying
let me take a look into the void

it’s not a good sign

they plead
«leave me in peace»
hiding in
strangely sweet
and boring sounds
you seethe
waiting for the crash

walking for long
into this twilight
of a winter sunday

it’s not a good sign
Track Name: Witchcraft by a Picture
I fix mine eye on thine, and there
pity my picture burning in thine eye;
my picture drown’d in a transparent tear,
when I look lower I espy;
hadst thou the wicked skill
by pictures made and marr’d, to kill,
how many ways mightst thou perform thy will?

but now I’ve drunk thy sweet salt tears,
and though thou pour more, I’ll depart;
my picture vanished, vanish all fears
that I can be endamaged by that art;
though thou retain of me
one picture more, yet that will be,
being in thine own heart, from all malice free.
Track Name: Coming Back Home
coming back home
on this september
finally
summer lights
go down
distant sounds
beyond the window
long shadows
on my table

sitting silent
gently shouting
always waiting

I re-emerge from
my summer sleep
pure dark
doesn’t make sense
as much as pure light
however
on the border
of shades

you can’t get out of your own deserts
once you simply set foot in them
time flows back outside my window
empty days before me
Track Name: Flow On
nerves wracking
low rumbles
hands seeking for
relief and rain

don’t stare too much
through the water
you could choke

flow on the journey
sprouting wings
from nightfire

a bone-white sun
on a black clear sky
as herded shades
crossing borders
without hope
to get back
from hollow lands

we watched
the moon
hiding down
on the sleeping hills

come with me
we won’t say anything
please come with me

flow on the journey
sprouting wings
from nightfire
flow on flow on

don’t stare too much
through the water
you could choke
flow on flow on
Track Name: The Deafening Sound of the Moon
«I come and go
the Demon tags along»
this unexpected guest
is like a beast inside

I simply can’t resist
nor beg for its power
I’m a blind flesh-puppet
in its crafty hands

you always miss the words
when you’re searching for them
but as you chance upon them
they’re never enough

too easy to say
«it was just a dream»

it’s so strange walking in
the last room on the left
knowing it will be
the last time of your life

my hushed steps on the floor
blood pushing on the walls
the defeaning sound of moon
is burning out my ears

your worst enemy
has not a face nor a name
it will hound you
as a stroke sipping your shadow

in this subtle prison
I’m lost over against
«the bloody devices of Destruction».

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