Sterbus ‎– Real Estate / Fake Inverno

Zillion Watt Records ‎– STRB01
2 × CD, Album

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Real Estate (CD1)
1-1 Fall Awesome
Bass Clarinet – Sauro Berti
1-2 Maybe Baby
Harp – Elisa RahoPiano – Riccardo PiergiovanniTwelve-String Guitar, Electric Guitar, Sitar – Charlie Cawood
1-3 In This Grace 3:58
1-4 Prosopopeye 5:15
1-5 Home Planet Gone
Flute – Andrea SalviGlockenspiel – Matteo Bertolini
1-6 Razor Legs
Backing Vocals – Nick ProlClarinet – Claudio Cavallaro
1-7 Emy's Fears 4:10
1-8 Shine A Light 5:52
Fake Inverno (CD2)
2-1 Adverse Advice MCCCXLVII 1:32
2-2 Little Miss Queen Of Light (Willow) 4:13
2-3 (Maybe I'm A) Lioness
Piano – Adrian Beckwith
2-4 Mate In 4/4 4:04
2-5 "Real Estate / Fake Winter" Reel
Bass Clarinet – Sauro BertiHarp – Elisa Raho
2-6 Stoner Kebab 3:31
2-7 Micro New-Wave
Sitar – Charlie Cawood
2-8 Trapeze 4:39
Bonus Track
2-9 Blackducks On Parade
Bass Clarinet – Sauro BertiGlockenspiel – Matteo Bertolini



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December 18, 2018

I feel like the luckiest person alive when I get possession of recordings like this. Simply one of the absolute best releases of 2018, and that is keeping company with a dozen or more premium monumental albums sent to me this year. From Rome, Italy, a sprawling double disc set that lays down a large fluffy blanket in a sunny meadow towards the end of summer (estate in Italian), and spends the next months into winter (inverno in Italian), making music inspired by the long visit. A pure bliss of 76 minutes (including the download only bonus track ‘Blackducks on Parade’).

Many, but not near enough, people know who multi-talented, all powerful Emanuele Sterbini and his partner Dominique D’Avanzo (who wrote 90% of the lyrics on this release) are. Those fortunate who do, probably own all the previous Sterbus albums, if not, you owe yourself a few gifts. Start with this double delicious CD split into two titles. ‘Real Estate’ (CD1) with 8 songs, and ‘Fake Inverno’ (CD2) also with 8 tracks, all taking the high dive bouncing off the board making a splash into the wonderland of Cardiacs/Spratleys Japs (and related offshoots), tinged with essence of canterbury, Zappa, Supersister, touches of grunge, heapings of the more elite punk, and even the ever so campy but lovable Gruppo Sportivo, complete with the male/female vocals. However, the bulk of the frankincense aroma lush choral vocal lines are for Cardiacs fans all the way to the bottom of the black hole of supreme musical acts.

The music pours down like a mixture of organic honey and techno colored acid rain. And that is just disc one. Disc two ‘Fake Inverno’ begins in heaven, amongst the angels choir. Then the ‘Little Miss Queen of Light’ plunges into a driven fast tempo sweet pop appetizer made of secret ingredients only Sterbus knows. Guest musicians are a die for cream of the crop list like Bob Leith on drums for entire album (from Cardiacs fame).

- Lee Henderson, Art Rockin'