The purveyors of vintage-toned Euro pop known as the W91 have released their anxiously awaited debut LP record, “Memories from '900.” The album has been proudly published as an independent release without the influence of the corporate music industry. It contains 11 original tracks for a total listening time of 35 minutes. Classy, groovy, and written with deep respect for 20th-century history, “Memories from '900” is as thought provoking as it is enjoyable to hear.
Fans of classic pop music from the UK, Italy and France will take an instant liking to “Memories from '900” by the W91. With tasteful amounts of reverb, gorgeous vocal work and violins interspersed with upbeat drum tracks, fans of Francoise Hardy, Serge Gainsbourg and Astrud Gilberto are sure to find a smile on their faces. Fans of Parisian '40s-era jazz should likewise lend an ear.
The record debuted at No. 59 on Italy's Top-100 Pop Releases chart at Amazon.com, and at No. 156 across all genres, proving it to be an album worth any music fan's interest.
The W91 are songwriter/instrumentalist Massimo and lead chanteuse Jacqueline. They have cited as music inspirations artists like De Andrè, Leonard Cohen, Dire Straits, J.S Bach, J. Du Prè, and poets Charles Baudelaire and Walt Whitman.
Perhaps most intriguing about “Memories from '900” by the W91 is the underlying idea forming its creative foundation and overall structure.
Songwriter Massimo writes, “'Memories from '900' is a concept album composed by 11 short stories – songs in chronological order.”
The album begins with an overview of Paris at the start of the 20th century based on the lyric poetry of Charles Baudelaire. Just as the 1900s did, “Memories...” moves quickly into the Great War (World War I), and thence onto WWII. In its ultra-personal treatment of WWII, “Memories from '900” truly shines. The album closes by bookending with more Baudelaire in one of the album's most moving singles, “Paysage.”
“We deeply hope 'Memories from '900' can be a sort of witness of the last century,” Massimo writes. “We want it to be a hymn to democracy, and hope that, somehow, these memories could guide conscience, giving strength against all forms of totalitarianism and terrorism – like a 'smooth' baton hand-off to young generations. It's up to you from now on.”
While the record is clearly a work of great passion and careful consideration, its effect simply as music must not be understated. “Memories from '900” is exceptional as lounge music, casual listening, music for cruising, or as something highly textured and strikingly well performed for music aficionados to examine, reflect upon and appreciate.
“Memories from '900” by the W91 is available online now. Get in early, music fans.
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