AD Music - Acheloo - Digital Albums

Carlo Luzi is an Italian guitarist born in Rome in 1962. Computer programmer, lover of ambient, experimental and electronic music, he started to play electronic music in 1980 and founded the group "Terra della Sera" with Paolo de Gregori (Kaj Norrljus), producing several projects released on LP in Germany, but which were not widely available.

In 2008 he formed the project "SeraSidereA", again with Paolo de Gregori and with the participation of soprano Daniela Massi releasing a double CD-R called "Aestetica Tenebrarum".

In 2008 Carlo also released "Sirens" under the alias Acheloo and this was signed by AD Music who also signed the follow-up "Ishtar".

Acheloo has a unique approach to ambient music, combining electronics and guitar to stunning effect. Beautifully produced and with a deep emotional content, the music washes over the listener like gentle waves while bathing in a sea of tranquility. To quote independent reviews; "The music is a wonderful example of cosmic, ambient music in the tradition of, say, Dreamtime by Steve Roach. Beautiful drifting soundscapes that weave between beauty, warm cosmic spaces and a sense of emptiness and danger that also call to mind the early visions of Tangerine Dream".

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Acheloo - Album Reviews

Istar reviewed by Sonicimmersions

Ishtar by Acheloo - ambient electronic instrumental music CDOn "Ishtar" Carlo Luzi deepens his search for the essence and the core of sounds in a more minimalist style.

On the concept of the album, Carlo explained the dualist aspect continues as well: the goddess and terrifying demon, the expression of the life cycle, the seasons of Earth, the Great Mother and the Queen of the Underworld, the one who sent the dreams and omens, the revelation and understanding of things that are hidden.

The elegant flowing textural content of "Ishtar" at times comes close to the soft dwelling soundscapes which marked Steve Roach's landmark recording "Dreamtime Return", especially when one listens to the 12-minute opening track "I am the Earth's Mistress". The electronic sounds are nicely complemented by sounds of the sea and spacy guitar, giving the music a dreamy atmosphere. This is music moving in the slow lane, taking its time to venture into deeper sound worlds. On the second and third track, the gliding sound of electric guitar is more prominent, but remains pleasant.

The album ends with "Ishtar Gate", split in two parts of 7 and 11 minutes. On these two great pieces, nicely layered velvet textures return, slowly cascading and shimmering in its dreamy content while some nice guitar surfaces here and there. These pieces make me rank this album even higher than "Sirens".

All in all, these gentle, soft glowing and well rendered soundwaves are recommended for fans of ambient electronic music.

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