by Incendio


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For some instrumental artists, song and album titles are simply an afterthought, but Incendio -- whose name, the Italian translation of "fire," perfectly reflects the band's powerful ensemble energy -- makes sure that every track tells a story. The Los Angeles-based foursome follows their critically acclaimed 2000 debut, Misterioso, with Illumination, telling a tale not only of creative evolution but also an overall mood swing from darker, mysterious worldbeat edges to a more groove-intensive multiethnic vibe. Building upon Incendio's established modern-pop flamenco sensibilities, hypnotic drum and ambient loops surround the dynamic core of Jim Stubblefield's and J.P. Durand's nylon-string guitars with an irresistible trance vibe. Although Illumination is technically Incendio's second recording, the members in many ways feel it's their first release as a fully realized band. The sessions that produced Misterioso were originally intended as a fourth solo project for Stubblefield, who hired Durand and his bassist, wife Liza Carbe -- veteran TV composers and owners of a studio called Strangetree Productions -- to produce, and Joe Shotwell to play drums and percussion. Just as Incendio intended to call the disc Illumination, the collection from the get-go creates a dynamic, spiritually galvanizing experience that comes across, as Stubblefield says, "like coming out of the darkness and flicking on a switch." The swaying sitar hypnosis launching "Prajapati" (named for the Hindu creation god) clues the listener into the exotic and mystical nature of the journey, while the throbbing dance-trance groove and shimmering dual flamenco guitar melody brilliantly blends global excitement with urban sensibilities. "Rambla Pacifica" floats a whimsical, seductive guitar melody over a cool, rolling groove, while "Capetown Juerga" gives off a hint of South-African guitar energy amidst a modern, synth-based groove. The title track begins with a film score-like sweep, incorporates wailing electronic voices, and then eases into a unique mix of shuffling hip-hop rhythms and a folksy, flute-enhanced guitar melody. "Los Ladrones" means "the thieves" in Spanish, reflecting the chromatic sequence within the tune that sounds a bit sneaky and James Bond-like; the song weaves spacey synth sounds with galloping guitars. "Vamos Ya" means "Let's Go," a perfect title for the mix of organic guitar and percussion and modern machine-generated dance grooves. "Sophia" is the disc's first ballad, a passionate tribute to Carbe and Durand's departed rottweiler. "La Corrida" introduces a touch of bluesy organ over loping guitars and a locomotive click-clack groove, while "Caipirinha" is named after a popular Brazilian drink and expresses the band's affection for the music of that country.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2001
Label: Paras Recording
UPC: 0650113111423
catalogNumber: 1114

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Incendio   Primary Artist
Scott Breadman   Percussion
Steve Marsh   Flute
Michael Tempo   talking drum
Novi Novog   Viola
Davíd Garza   Sitar
Jim Stubblefield   Steel Guitar,spanish guitar
Liza Carbé   Synthesizer,Bass,Steel Guitar,spanish guitar
Jean-Pierre Durand   Synthesizer,Steel Guitar,spanish guitar
Nicole Falzone   Drums

Technical Credits

Michael Page   Illustrations
Jim Snowden   Executive Producer
Liza Carbé   Producer,Engineer
Jean-Pierre Durand   Producer,Engineer

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