Allegria

by MicroMatscenes

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After the great debut in the last year, our friend Matteo, aka MicroMatscenes opens a new creative year with the incredible album 'Allegria!'

What is waiting for us inside? Nine compositions, each of which has its own mood and incredible atmosphere. The author brings to us literally the spirit of our beloved, but so rapidly drift apart era of the 80's.

— Captain Bridge 🚀

Favorite track: Tra le Fiamme e le Stelle.
Mayah Camara
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Mayah Camara Such a fun album with great energy, packed full of melody! Complete nostalgic vibes and synth goodness! Favorite track: Tra le Fiamme e le Stelle.
Gab Manette
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Gab Manette If you are a fan of retro-inspired melodic synthpop like me, Allegria is a no-brainer. Memorable and catchy melodies, funky basslines, tasty drumfills, this album has it all! The arrangements are gorgeous; you can tell MicroMatscenes puts a great deal of care in choosing the synths and percussions that bring his music to life. He makes them shine in every track, all delivered in a pristine mix. Bravissimo! Favorite track: Faded Photos.
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Intro 01:06
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In quella notte d’estate Tra la musica i giochi e le risate C’eri tu Che te ne stavi in disparte Con quel sorriso di un’opera d’arte Si, proprio tu Ancora non sai che ti sto cercando Ma già mi stai sfuggendo E lascia stare le amiche dai Che qui ti sto aspettando Ora ti voglio accanto È soltanto per te il mio pianto Oh no, oh no Adesso ascoltami e non offenderti In quella stanza insieme a te Il calore della pelle Tra le fiamme e le stelle noi Sappiamo già che succederà Che questa notte poi finirà Tra le fiamme e le stelle noi E tu mi guardi sorpresa È questa fiamma che ormai si è accesa È proprio così Si lo so che ti sembra strano È la mia mano sulla tua mano Mi piace così Ora lo sai dove stiamo andando E già stai sorridendo Lasciamo stare gli amici dai Che qui io sto morendo Ora ti voglio accanto Lo sai non sono un santo Oh no, oh no Un altro passo e poi staremo solo noi In quella stanza insieme a te Il calore della pelle Tra le fiamme e le stelle noi Sappiamo già che succederà Che questa notte poi finirà Tra le fiamme e le stelle noi Tra le fiamme e le stelle noi In quella notte d’estate... In quella notte d’estate... In quella stanza insieme a te Il calore della pelle Tra le fiamme e le stelle noi Sappiamo già che succederà Che questa notte poi finirà Tra le fiamme e le stelle noi In quella notte d’estate Tra la musica, i giochi e le risate Tra le fiamme e le stelle noi E te ne stavi in disparte Con quel sorriso di un’opera d’arte Tra le fiamme e le stelle noi
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Faded Photos 05:08
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Allegria! 02:59
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No Pain 04:46
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Soap Opera 04:59

about

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S P O T I F Y: spoti.fi/39QKLCe
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“Allegria!” was the trademark greeting of one of the most famous Italian TV stars: the italo-american Mike Bongiorno. He was the conductor of popular quiz shows, beginning his career in the 60s and bringing his magic formula all along the 70s, 80s and 90s, until he died in 2009.

His strenght was the ability to appear as one of us (even if he was not, obviously), acting like a simple man with his weaknesses and doing embarassing gaffes involving the quiz contestants or other colleagues

I decided to dedicate the cover art and all the whole album concept to this figure because he’s enough iconic to crystallize the Italian pop culture of a certain period, and in my case it’s the late 80’s/early 90’s.

ALLEGRIA is a love letter to things my generation (the “Millennials”,) can still remember vividly, like the Fiat UNO, photo albums in rainy afternoons, mid 80s movies like “Rocky IV”, the struggles at home for the dominance over the TV, because there was no other way to play our favorite videogames or for our moms to watch their favorite soap operas.
All these thing are part of the collective memory of a time that was surely saturated with bad mass culture, thrash TV shows, bad politics and a lot of social problems, but here is the magic of the Retrowave phenomenon: make good out of the bad.

From an artistic point of view this album is more melancholic than SCENES, but it’s more organic and “alive”, following the idea of recreating a “VHS” atmosphere, with faded colors and glitchy graphics. Of course there are upbeat moments and catchy tracks, but while “Saturday Morning” from SCENES was a child’s happiness, even the light side of ALLEGRIA has more to do with adolescence and “fear” of being too happy in a world that seems too fragile; however there’s always our inner strenght to guide us to positivity and success, when we clench our teeth and say “no pain”.

… Then there’s “Tra le fiamme e le stelle”, my first track ever with vocals. It’s a typical 80s style pop song, with a modern twist on the metric, very similar to a certain “indie” genre very popular nowadays. A lot of modern pop artists are going in the vintage direction, but in most cases they fail, just stealing the aesthetics from Retrowave genres without recreating the true feel.
The song is about a one night love affair, but even in that kind of relationship it’s hard not to put our heart, sometimes.
The short intro is a showcase of some Future 80’s Records artists’ songs coming out from an old FM radio, then a nice speaker introduces the song like a “new entry on the weekly chart” debuting at number 1… a little too pretentious? Nah, that’s just for fun!

I want to thank all the Synthfam friends that supported me during the creative process, showing enthusiasm and love since the release of the previous EP, then the equipment, software and plugins without which I would have done nothing (Logic Pro X, Arturia, Beatskillz), my friend Francesco Di Marco, owner of “8 Herz” studios in Viterbo, who oversaw the vocal recordings for “Tra le fiamme e le stelle”, and Luigi Lusini, friend and mastering engineer who made everything sound great.
Thanks to my friend Jennifer Venanzi for creating with her fantasy, hand and pencils the cover art and my new profile images, and Chiara Bruti of “Openart” in Viterbo, for the work of digitalization.

Last but not least, thank you Dan (Midnight Driver) from Future 80’s Records for believing in my ideas and music.

The biggest kiss to my wife, who always accepts my moments of productive isolation. I love you Martina.

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released March 15, 2020

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