Not Not Fun Umberto : prophecy of the black -LP/dig-(US,2010)***°
I very much liked this front cover like a perfect imitation of an older Dario Argento related movie soundtrack LP, including a reference to the related Cinevox record label logo, as if this is another work of Goblin or Fabbio Frizzi or Claudio Simonetti. And where the later Goblin related works after the few 70s related highlights often knew only a few good, often keyboard related ideas, it is as if Umberto compensates for that and continues the late 70s, early 80s ideas of the band mostly, but with many more ideas and tracks. The music is based upon keyboards only, cosmic analogue synths, with deeper sequenced suspense bass, some electro-pop rhythms and the use of keyboards that imitate certain sounds that would fit perfect to illustrate the areas of Italian horror movies, like voice imitations, bell imitations, harpsichord kind of sounds and so on. A few times the music expands the 80s even with more modern electro-pop flavours, injecting the music with some extra inspirations. Just the last track sounds a bit like a more commercial and lighter ending. For me, this album succeeded very well to add new repertoire to the Goblin/Frizzi albums, I would prefer to add this album in my collection to that section. Very enjoyable
Responsible for this band/project is Matt Hill who used to be the bass player for the psych jam band Expo70..