The progressive rock band from Italy known as Nuova Divisione have released their new LP record, “The Last Man in Europe.” The album comprises 11 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of one whole hour, making for a comprehensive treatment of the band’s new material and a fine introduction for rock fans not yet acquainted. It has been proudly published as an independent release without support from the corporate music infrastructure. Written, performed and produced with the most integral principles of classic rock in mind, Nuova Divisione’s “The Last Man in Europe” is definitive proof that prog-rock is both alive and kicking like crazy.
Nuova Divisione cite as main artistic influences such seminal rock artists as the Beatles, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Yes, Brian Wilson, and Simon and Garfunkel. From here their inspirations become less obvious: classical titans such as Rachmaninov, Gershwin and Bartòk are represented, as well as jazz players like Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Ray Charles. Their list of favorites veers away into seemingly unrelated art forms at the last, including names like Stanley Kubrick, Monty Python, and Friedrich Nietzsche.
While this surprising rainbow of input is explained by the overall theme of Nuova Divisione’s album (described below), its sound is a blend of the Beatles’ creativity and Pink Floyd’s tonal inventiveness. Fans of either band are likely to be extremely pleased with their first experience of “The Last Man in Europe,” as are fans of Yes, Simon and Garfunkel, and virtually any group showcasing extremely strong songwriting as one of their chief charms.
Speaking of the plot and motifs of their new LP, Nuova Divisione write, “The album is a concept. The story is quite weird: a mixture between the Book of Revelation, Dhamma Pada, Greek Mythology, Nietzsche, Monty Python and a long lucid dream. To summarize the thing, I would say it is all about self-consciousness. Which is, I think, the one and only method to be happy and safe. You’ve got to love yourself if you want to love other people. And you’ve got to know yourself if you want to understand other people. And love them.”
“The Last Man in Europe” by Nuova Divisione is available online worldwide. Get in early. Very early.
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