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Friday, Apr 24 2015 | 03:30
Image: 1596205 Opez are back with their new album Dead Dance.

Describing their style as "Latin Desert & Funeral Party" music, Opez clearly go their own special way.
But listen to the debut album "Dead Dance" and you will find that this path is quite an exciting one. Set
in a haunting environment of acoustic instruments and an expertly stylish production, the twelve songs
recorded by duo Massi Amadori and Francesco Tappi are a journey into a twilight world of emotion and
If you take an off-road trip to the region north of Perugia and south of Firenze, west of Livorno and east
of San Marino you will find a number of little recording studios. This is Italy’s heartland you pass
through when you travel down from Milano towards Rome. It is exactly here where multi
instrumentalists Massi Amadori (guitars, slide guitar, percussions, ukulele, freeze sound & harmonium)
and Francesco Tappi (double bass, bows, whistle) recorded „Dead Dance“. Les Paul or Django
Reinhardt immediately come into mind during a first listen, even the Mississippi Delta blues sound or
Billy Vaughn’s happy orchestral sound being turned completely upside down. But “Dead Dance” has its
own individual melancholy, a lonely sound supervised by Italian afro-jazz-fusion expert Andrea Benini
of Mop Mop, not too far away from Angelo Badalamenti’s mysterious soundscapes for David Lynch’s
„Twin Peaks“ series, especially on the dark and entangling “Sanfisa”.
With additional musicians like the two percussionists and drummers Fabio Paglierani, an expert in dub
who brings a echoing twist to the sultry groove of "Adriatica" and the first single and video "Carlos
Primero" or Fabio "Mocambo" Tozzi who puts "Estelita", "Diavolanza", "Malinco" and "Libre" into an
authentic Fifties environment “Dead Dance” is a band affair. The vocals of Annalisa Bartolini ("Carlos
Primero" and "Sangoda") as well as Dimitri "Didi" Mazzs ("Malinco") add to the complete picture. As
Opez have been very strict about their acoustic appearance, the more they are happy now about the
result, „Tristu“ with its folk textures followed by the near tex-mex balladry of „Corolla” are two of the
many highlights on “Dead Dance”. They were cut directly to tape, no overdubs or long mixing sessions
involved. This is why “Dead Dance” sounds very spiritual, almost out of the real world: „To be honest,
we would love to play our music in churches. We are not your normal type of rock band, you know“,
says Massi Amadori, who is the main songwriter in the duo and responsible for all compositions on the
album. Although “Dead Dance” sometimes feels reminiscent of the Cowboy Junkies’ romantic
Americana or Los Lobos’ truthful adaption of traditional cumbia or bolero, “we see ourselves as very
Italian, very local.”
The stunning artwork and the accompanying video were created by Aimone Marziali who is also one of
the producers responsible for the sonically enhanced “Balera Del Mar”, the closing tune on the album.
Creating a mixture of the classic pre-Raphaelite drawings by 19th century painter Dante Gabriel
Rossetti and what George Yepes did for Los Lobos on their „La Pistola Y El Corazón.“ album, Marziali
is an integral part of the Opez cosmos. „Of course, the artwork is a crucial to what we want to achieve,”
adds Amadori. “Our music is very visual, very sensual and emotional. It is not only about an acoustic
experience but it appeals to all senses.”

01. Carlos Primero
02. Malinco
03. Estelita
04. Adriatica
05. Libre
06. Dead Dance
07. Diavolenza
08. Sangoda
09. Tristu
10. Corolla
11. Baleara De Mar Available from 05.06.2015
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