originally published in 1979 by the legendary gianni sassi's cramps records label as part of a series curated by franco battiato, the long-awaited prati bagnati del monte analogo is finally made available by die schachtel in a repackaged deluxe edition, fully remastered (by giuseppe ielasi) from the original cramps tapes, dug from francesco messina's archives.

the music on this album is an exact compendium of such an intimate journey: drones and overtones, repetitive patterns, a deep, meditative feel, and space atmospheres.
produced by franco battiato, the breathtaking oeuvre of francesco messina and raul lovisoni is openly inspired by the unfinished metaphysical novel le mont analogue, by the french writer rené daumal, who had been for many years a student of the teachings of the enigmatic armenian georges ivanovich gurdjieff.

the reference to gurdjieff is important in order to frame this work in its own context, because at that time the great greek-armenian mystic was beginning to exert a large influence into the diverse and stimulating artistic environment that for many years developed around battiato, which included, among the others, juri camisasca, francesco messina and giusto pio. battiato's entourage was characterized by a deep desire of spirituality that would not adhere to a particular faith, but rather involved a full opening of the mind and body. this spiritual quest, that one can hear shining through the music, was something intimate and personal and it never became the expression of religious extremists looking forward to life in another world.
 

text source: superior viaduct

 

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