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Fabrizio Brugnera
Released: September 15th 2023
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Reviewed by: Edoardo Gastaldi - November 13, 2023

Kaamos is not the kind of Album you may be expecting.
Whatever you are looking for as a listener, this might rather be labeled as the experience of something else.

From Hirateh to Memento Mori. From Insolitus to This is Darkness.

Each track is a world living with its own roots.

Filled with compositional, figurative, and mankind-related meanings, the listening experience of Kaamos is everything but an easy task.
Well before deeply experiencing the tracks as a whole, you may encounter difficulties, and doubts.

The Album is a relentless invite to reflect.

This is not an easy context to deal with, and thus Brugnera’s music can’t be considered of comfortable listening.

The compositions in the Album are quite often ethereal depictions of deeply discussed and debated philosophical visions of life.
With small nuances, metaphors, mental infrastructures, and thoughts, the tracks contain decisions, made and not made. The music is the artistic expression of paradoxes, of the human condition, and of the darkest yet clearest problems that we face as humans - if we really think of things as they are.

Having this in mind, the Album may be the perfect listening background for a novel such as “Notes from Underground”, by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
As the book, the whole Album has different layers of interpretation and meanings.

To Kaamos can be attributed two separate listening and interpretative levels.
The first level, is the big picture, given by the Album as a whole. It deals with man and life. It grasps feelings and concepts of pain, suffering, society, and freedom. Kaamos is a path, where each track is an entity that delves into these thoughts and man's mind.
On the other hand, each track has a meaning that works as a circle: with a beginning and an end of its own. To help support this thesis, the title of each song perfectly summarizes the emotions that can be found and gathered while listening to it.
However, the intrinsic beauty of each section of the Album is that you can’t easily get what’s or what’s not about. The understanding is something that comes with time.

Memento Mori, for instance, contains a nucleus of the awareness of the transience of events. It’s about acceptance and understanding. But often the man is not satisfied. And the quest, the infinite quest, is here posed as a path into darkness. Yet we can perceive a balance, asymmetrical, with hope at the end. Things will go the way they have to go, meanwhile, you can decide to be yourself, to be vulnerable.

In this music, as well as in the whole Album, what shines is Brugnera’s intrinsic ability to give extreme value to a single detail, to a perspective, and diving into it without fear and expecting nothing in return from the listener.
The Album is eventually circling around a word: awareness. Brugnera confronts the listener with difficulties and problems. But at the very end, it’s all up to you, up to who listens, to decide the value and the meaning to give to such a hermetical and symbolism-filled music.

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