Fioc(c)a? that is, Is it snowing? - Oh dear, i'd love to ask something like that in this hot suffocating summertime. Former members of Bellicosi, Kirsch, and other indie north italian hc Bands from 90s are the 4 pieces core of Isobel, - but but but, before i go and review this little jewel release, let me open a brief hystorical parenthesis about what Emo means (form me). Today emo of mtv boybands (as well the so-called punk wannabes) has nothing to see with its origins. Emo is absolutely not a whateverwhoever myspace eyeliner teen group with 100thousand friends/contacts. In origins Emocore was for emotional hardcore, and when a dear friend of mine answered to my question, She talked of something between haemoglobin and emotions. Bands as Fugazi, Sunny Day Real Estate best represented for me the two coordinates between polarity of hc and emo, until the mainstream jump of Jimmy Eat World. I mean, as usual, as something becomes more popular and then for the masses, mainstream machines swallow it and turn the moniker in odd hairstyle, fashion, a bunch of piercings, - and You can forget of the real roots. Ok, so fucking what, I know that, and You know that, - and that's what is important. At wikipedia it's written about three emo waves, principally coinciding with three generations. Ok, it's moot point, btw it is of interest. Now, - Isobel's Fioca? follows to the former self-titled 7", now co-released with FoolTribe rec (see gems as Redworms' Farm, Bob Corn). In little less that 15 minutes, the word emo best recalls its origins with that continuous dissatisfied drift away, runned fast, through the lyrism and strong drumming over the guitars pathos often dear to early Motorpsycho (listen how Desperation rides on with Iihty), and where Antonella De Paola's vocals are always over an undiscussed sad tone, - like imprisioned in one's own skin, - or best, like the paid happyness of glum's certainty, - and all the whole ep is on this wave, like a 15minutes getaway to the lucidity. - Like By-End, track with a initial riff soul dear to Blonde Redhead's Futurism vs Passeism: it mounts a long post-punk tension worthy more and more playback, barely finding an end with the far background male vocals of someother of Isobel's. A valiant and successful attempt of emo beauty, far from vogue.
¬ mp3s (via homepage)
1. Something Better (from previous s/t 7")
ps. il bassista, Lele, è un caro amico da anni, - però giuro che sono stato obiettivo nella recensione ^_^.. // Lele, Isobel's bass player, is a dear friend of mine since years, - but, i swear, my review is impartial ^_^
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