thing that strikes me is the appropriateness of the band-name – as the album
plays you can almost feel icy winds blowing on you as you lie within an
imaginary wasteland in contemplative solitude. ‘Band’ is here taken to mean
‘musical entity’ as Arctic Plateau is made up of 1 person, an Italian dude
called Gainluca Divirgilio.
“On a Sad
Sunny Day” is minimalistic, psychedelic and highly atmospheric. Think of it as
an auditory landscaping of a barren place and having parallels to bands such as
Anathema, Porcupine Tree or certain aspects of Maudlin Of The Well. ‘Alive’ and
‘Lepanto’ are convincing invitations into imaginary etherworlds. Other
compositions, such as ‘Ivory’ and ‘In Epica Memories’, become overbearing after
a while. Generally, however, the compositions work out quite well. The vocals’
diction is weak with the unplentiful lyrics being barely discernible. If I were
the devil’s advocate I’d say this was intentional so as to enhance the
atmosphere but in reality I found it frustrating.
official brief proclaims, “On a Sad Sunny Day” possesses a ‘dream-like
atmosphere’ and in fact it does possesses a significant introspective depth. Mr
Divirgilio takes his musical quirkiness a step too far in ‘In Time’, a
21-minute+ composition that includes 13 minutes of…..complete silence.
heard all in one go or in little doses, this album is an experience worth