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 - Album Downloads
Khimaira is the third digital release by Italian guitarist/keyboard maestro Acheloo, and it follows the same wonderfully haunting and etherial style of ambient electronica as the first two. AD Music really has discovered a star here; has ambient music ever sounded so good? Acheloo has a rare talent for making interesting and thought provoking minimalist ambient soundscapes using electronic music sounds and electric guitar that envelope and embrace the listener with a beauty the verges on the darkside.
"Sirens" is an ambient electronic music album of genuine passion. Beautifully produced and cosmic on an epic scale, the music washes over the listener as if floating in a sea of tranquility and calm. However, this is not your usual ambient fare. It is a superb and quite unique mixture of electronics and guitar with wonderful nuances of sound. The music weaves between soundscapes of beauty, calm, cosmic spaces and dark emptiness that crosses between the mysterious visions of early Tangerine Dream and the cosmic landscapes of 'Dreamtime Return' by Steve Roach.
This is a wonderfully dark, but at the same time beautiful album of ambient electronica. From the opening moments of "Earths Mistress" with its menacing John Carpenter style sequence, the listener is hooked. Strangely ethereal and cosmic, this is music for dark nights with the lights dimmed; haunting and hauntingly beautiful, yet somehow menacing without ever being unsettling
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".
Acheloo's music is a welcome addition to the AD Music catalogue, showcasing not only Acheloo's unique and extraordinary ambient electronic music, but AD Music's ongoing commitment to showcasing exciting and emotive new music.
Digital Albums Info
To purchase a download, click the appropriate 'buy MP3' or 'buy Flac' button and once you've completed the Paypal transaction you will be sent an email containing a link to download the album. All releases are in high quality MP3 format at 320kbps or uncompressed Flac and come complete with artwork.
The file sizes for single albums are around 180 - 400mgb, and as large as 900mgb for double Flac albums, so please bear this in mind if you don't have broadband or have slow broadband speed. The file you download will be a ZIP file - just double click this file to open it up and reveal the individual MP3 tracks and artwork.
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Acheloo - Album Reviews
Istar reviewed by Sonicimmersions
On "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.