Spettro Family ‎– Candelora

Brave Mysteries ‎– CQBL019
Cassette, Limited Edition, C32


A1 Post Partum 2:51
A2 1978 La Fuga 2:02
A3 Confessioni Di Un Depresso 3:46
A4 Orrore The Great 1:44
A5 La Signora Hammond 2:56
A6 Ottobre Nero 1:25
B1 Operazione Condor 3:26
B2 Medjugorje 4:11
B3 Portrait Of A Serial Dreamer 1:49
B4 Candelora 6:57



Recorded February-March 2011 in Italy.


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December 30, 2015
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September 15, 2011
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Spettro Family, “Candelora” tape

Despite what the name infers there is no family here, but this is the brainchild of Stefano Iannone, who composed and arranged every song. The whole theme revolves around an Italian festival called Candelora. According to the album notes, “The Candelora festival is also known as Imbolc in Celtic tradition or Lupercaria in ancient Rome. Local legend says that if it rains or snows on 2 of February will snow for 40 days.” I wonder if they meant Lupercalia? Or, perhaps it could be spelled either way. Well, I couldn’t find much on Candelora itself, but since it’s like Lupercalia, let’s understand what that was all about. It is described as an ancient Roman pastoral festival meant to avert evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility. In Life of Caesar Plutarch explains what would take place:

“Lupercalia, of which many write that it was anciently celebrated by shepherds, and has also some connection with the Arcadian Lycaea. At this time many of the noble youths and of the magistrates run up and down through the city naked, for sport and laughter striking those they meet with shaggy thongs. And many women of rank also purposely get in their way, and like children at school present their hands to be struck, believing that the pregnant will thus be helped in delivery, and the barren to pregnancy.”

This sets the stage for the kind of pagan spectral performance that will make you an earwitness.

Using analog synth Iannone composes ten total tracks that can be very subtle and almost lie in wait but also shift into slivers of illuminative electronic splendor. This one is all about the ambiance. What is persistent is its eeriness that, especially when the track is quieter, gives one a sense of suspenseful anticipation. It’s like being one of those ladies waiting to receive some fertility blessing from the nude passersby, or like the hope that the new year will bring good thanks to the the exorcism of evil spirits, the light escapes the clutches of the dark. It’s all there. A great minimalistic approach that is fresh and progressive. Synth noir that is anything but indulgent, narcissistic, or ostentatious. This comes from the brilliance of a true artist who’s doing what he does out of his love and interest for creating art. You’d never know that this was a debut. I would say that this is for fans of Umberto or Xander Harris that are looking for something more than a low budget vintage horror soundtrack. Great album art and j card that match the theme and music perfectly. Beautiful pro imprinted silver design on the candle smoke c34 tape. 100 copies. Another fine Brave Mysteries release.

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September 15, 2011 By Dave Miller