"Mother and Fairy" is a combination of heart and ambition.
This work is a carefully crafted labor of love, a 2-disc
double album filled with long, dreamy songs and
gorgeous art design.
In 1996 came "Mother and Fairy" where they had
the honor of working with producer Ciro Perrino,
a legend in the RPI field for the classic Celeste group.
The material is almost exclusively composed by
keyboardist Alfio Costa (later of Tilion) and features
the warm, unique vocals of Laura Mombrini.
Other listed band influences, all which make perfect
sense after hearing M&F, are Pink Floyd, Renaissance,
Jefferson Airplane, Iron Maiden, Sandrose, Circus 2000,
Goblin, Osanna, and The Trip.
"Mother and Fairy" is a large collection of 5-12 minute
songs that float and bounce on the synths of Alfio Costa
as the primary anchor of the sound.
The modern (circa early 90s) synth sound was chosen
by Costa here (though he does play some piano as well).
Along with the smooth and melodic guitar lines the sound
is closer to neo-prog than traditional symphonic or RPI.
Laura Mombrini's vocals are the signature crown on
the Prowlers package and the Prowler's bio calls her
the "Italian Annie Haslam".
Laura's voice is intimate and appealing with a mournful,
searching quality to it.
Mombrini handles most vocals although the boys do take
a few leads as well.
Occasional acoustic guitars are brought in to lend a more
classical or renaissance vibe to a few tracks.
I think fans of down-to-Earth, melodic neo-prog or
symphonic would enjoy "Mother and Fairly" quite a bit
and recommend it to those fans.
This is two hours of passionate music that shoots for
the moon throughout-and, it will win your heart over
if you let it.
released February 12, 1995
lead vocals (1/3-5-7), keyboards, chorus
drums, congas, lead vocals(1/8, 2/1), chorus