This year is the 20th anniversary of Italian experimental post-rock trio Stearica and to celebrate they’ve decided to release a new track that’s 20 minutes and 20 seconds in length. The track will be released digitally via Monotreme Records and also as part of a deluxe limited edition version of 100 screen-printed posters.
Produced by band member Francesco Carlucci, 20YRS features guest appearances by Eros Giuggia on alto and soprano sax and Franz Goria from Fluxus on vocals.
Going in to 20YRS, the expectation is that you’re going to hear an expansive & refined track. A track that delivers other-worldly melody & genre defining experimental rock. Something that Stearica deliver with a breathless & unique opening couple of minutes.
Around the 6-minute mark the tempo increases bringing a bit more ‘oomph’ to proceedings. Mixing a tribal drum beat with middle-eastern background elements, the song adds layer after layer of new & unusual sounds as it goes on all while keeping the core rhythm going.
Just short of the 11 minute mark, 20YRS really comes to life. Vocals leading the charge alongside a more comfortable post-rock style. The off-kilter elements still sitting prettily in the background but the guitar melody & crunching drum beat being more dominant.
Still not content with the stunning excellence delivered so far, Stearica flow perfectly into a sublime melancholy rhythm. This section of the song is outstanding & the ease in which the band transition is impressive.
No part of 20YRS feels tacked in. Every note, every thump, every oddity & every curve necessary to create absolute wonder. A brilliant way to celebrate 20 years as a band.
You can pick up 20YRS via Monotreme Records here as well as Stearica’s music via their Bandcamp. Find out more about the band by checking out their website & liking their Facebook Page. Listen to an earlier release via Apple Music below.
20YRS by Stearica
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