Ars Nova was an Italian band, which never got
the opportunity of a proper LP release in the 70's.
Led by the Piergiovanni brothers, Luigi
and Stefano (bassist), and based
in Rome, they only released two singles in 1977
and 1978 respectively.
1978 sees the departure of the band's original
drummer and bassist,then Ars Nova became a
sextet with double keyboards,but this formation
wasn't meant to be for a long time.
From their formation in 1974 till their split in 1980,
they covered many different styles of rock music,
most of them where collected both from studio
and live recordings and released as a posthumous
release by Mellow Records in 2005.
The album sees the band stepping into various rock
sections, from Classic Italian Prog to Heavy Rock
to Orchestrated music.
The live tracks are characterized by a very raw sound
and contain also some atonal moments on vocals,
but seem to be the most interesting for the prog rock fan.
Romantic vocals, sensitive guitar work,strong use
of synths in a light symphonic soundscape will leave
the Italian Prog follower definitely satisfied, recalling
bands like early IL CASTELLO DI ATLANTE,
L' ESTATE DI SAN MARTINO and PIERPAOLO BIBBO'.
The studio tracks are a different story, it is mostly
Orchestrated Pop/Rock with a good production this time,
certainly well-arranged,but it depends on the listener
to like them or not.
Are interesting, they are filled with intense vocals and
good pianos creating a few splendid melodies.
After the demise of the band,both Piergiovanni brothers
continued to be involved in the music industry and even
established the Interbeat label.
''Ars Nova'' is a strange story actually, a uneven but
so balanced album at the same time.
All compositions are enjoyable.