Best Albums of 2014
by Elena Pizzetti (left), Gianluca Erra (right)
and Italian artists (below)

5. Nada <BR>“Occupo poco spazio”

5. Nada
“Occupo poco spazio”

61 years old and still rocking, Nada has been the female voice of Italian rock music since the end of the 60’s – you could say she is our Patti Smith. Her new record is incredibly contemporary and irresistibly charming. Recommended to both young and “adult” years.

♪♫ Listen: “L’ultima festa

Nada on www, Facebook, YouTube.

5. Father Murphy <BR>“Pain is on our side”

5. Father Murphy
“Pain is on our side”

It’s very difficult to describe a record like “Pain is on our side”. I could call it mystical, daunting, painful and pained, obsessive and majestic. The result is dark and solemn as an ancient litany.

♪♫ Listen: “Let The Wrong Rise With You

Father Murphy on www, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.

4. Dente <BR>“Almanacco del giorno prima”

4. Dente
“Almanacco del giorno prima”

In his fifth record, Giuseppe Peveri immersed his fresh, original and apparently naive songwriting in rich arrangements, with a retro mood and hints of Brazilian music.

The puns and catchy songs of his previous albums leave room to a more elegant and organic work. The perfect starting point for any foreign music lover who wants to discover a new voice in the Italian songwriting scene.

♪♫ Listen: “Coniugati passeggiare

Dente on www, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.

4. Clap! Clap! <BR>“Tayi Bebba”

4. Clap! Clap!
“Tayi Bebba”

Heavy sampling and pounding rhythms built an afro-influenced sound. You’ll feel the magical atmosphere of an acid tribal ritual where you won’t be able to stop the movements of your body.

♪♫ Listen: “The Rainstick Fable

Clap! Clap! on Facebook, Twitter.

3. BettiBarsantini <BR>“BettiBarsantini”

3. BettiBarsantini

Marco Parente and Alessandro Fiori, two of the most important names in Italy’s independent alt-rock scene since the 90’s, joined forces to release this overwhelming album built on a perfect balance of nocturnal ballads and punk outbursts.

♪♫ Listen: “Lucio Dalla

Betti Barsantini on Facebook and Twitter.

3. Uochi Toki / Nadja <BR>“Cystema Solari”

3. Uochi Toki / Nadja
“Cystema Solari”

An unexpected journey through the solar system, driven by harsh, grinding noise and told with an imaginary language that mix Italian, English, Latin and French.

The atmospheres here are so well managed that you can truly feel a slow and solemn approach to the sun.

♪♫ Listen: “Pluton, Neptune, Uran

Uochi Toki on www, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter.
Nadja on Bandcamp, Facebook.

2. Maria Antonietta <BR>“Sassi”

2. Maria Antonietta

In her second effort, Letizia Cesarini aka Maria Antonietta brought her art to another level, enriching her songs with a more refined production and mature lyrics, without losing her eccentric vision and punk-rock attitude.

♪♫ Listen: “Abbracci

Maria Antonietta on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter.

2. Populous <BR>“Night Safari”

2. Populous
“Night Safari”

Exotic and dreamy, Populous have been able to interpret, way better than the others, the contemporary sounds, getting a very rich album. “Alien” in many ways.

♪♫ Listen: “Fall” (feat. Cuushe)

Populous on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter.

1. Le Luci Della Centrale Elettrica <BR>“Costellazioni”

1. Le Luci Della Centrale Elettrica

Vasco Brondi’s released a stunning album this year, combining photographs of the daily life of Italian young adults with visions of night skies and northern landscapes. A wonderful mix of realism and romanticism.

♪♫ Listen: “La terra, l’Emilia, la luna

Le Luci Della Centrale Elettrica on www, Facebook, Twitter.

1. Battiato / Pinaxa <BR>“Joe Patti’s Experimental Group”

1. Battiato / Pinaxa
“Joe Patti’s Experimental Group”

The perfect mix of 70’s electronic explorations and up-to-date sounds from the controversial genius of Franco Battiato, one of the most influential people of Italian music.

♪♫ Listen: “Proprietà Proibita

Battiato on www, Facebook, Twitter.