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Armonite - The March of the Stars

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Listening to The March of the Stars by Armonite may make you recall a memorable George Costanza quote from Seinfeld, in which he decries those "hip musicians with their complicated shoes!" Granted, there's no way of ascertaining footwear styles just from listening to this full-length; however, it's music is filled with complicated time signatures.

Armonite is the brainchild of Jacopo Bigi (acoustic and electric violin) and Paolo Fosso (piano and keyboard). Its music has been described as sounding like Mahavishnu Orchestra. Mahavishnu Orchestra was a jazz-rock fusion act from the 70s and 80s. In its mid-Seventies incarnation, Jean-Luc Ponty played violin for the combo, which is most likely why such a comparison is made. Mahavishnu Orchestra created music that mostly didn't swing, although its members cut their teeth with jazz. Armonite's music similarly doesn't swing too much. In fact, two cuts ("By the Waters of Babylon" and "By Heart") were inspired by classical music pieces.

Stylistically, tracks like "Next Ride" can best be characterized as progressive instrumental rock. Or, as Costanza might put it, complicated shoe music. Musicians will more than likely appreciate the effort put into this dense music. They'll be the only ones tapping toes inside complicated loafers, though.

Armonite - The March of the Stars
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