Calibro 35-S.P.A.C.E. ****/*****
Italian crime funkers Calibro 35 are back with their fifth studio album that sees them leaving the Earth in spacesuits for an intergalatic mission.
S.P.A.C.E., as the dotted title clearly suggets, is the soundtrack for an imaginary early 70s spy/sci-fi b-movie. Imagine Maurizio Merli chasing an UFO on Mars with Sergio Leone directing the scene.
All the anxiety and void sensation of a voyage in the mysterious space are given, very well, by thrilling and suspence-filled tracks that make S.P.A.C.E. much more meditative than previous albums.
Synth/organ-drenched and funky guitars tracks like S.P.A.C.E., Bandits on Mars and Thrust Force save you from the slight risk of space boredom, balancing the reflective tracks with hip-shaking grooves.
The use of synth, new to the band, brings Calibro 35 to previuosly unexplored 70s ethereal territories that make the album not wholly enjoyable at the first spin. The analogic recording sessions and the production of Tommaso Colliva (Muse, Franz Ferdinand) confirm the characteristic trademark of the Milan four-piece band.
S.P.A.C.E. sounds like the perfect halfway between a Morricone and Micalizzi’s soundtrack for an Italian crime b-movie and a Goblin’s score for a mid-70s Dario Argento’s thriller.
Calibro 35 prove once again to be able to renew themselves with excellent musical skills by looking at their past, without leaving their niche that make them so appreciable for b-movies’ OSTs lovers.