15 February 2012

Arctic Plateau - The Enemy Inside

Artist: Arctic Plateau
Album: The Enemy Inside
Genre: Postrock, Shoegaze, Indie
Label: Prophecy Productions
Year: 2012
From : Rome, Italy

01. Music's Like...
02. Bambini Piangete
03. Idiot Adult
04. Abuse
05. Catarctic Cartoons
06. The Enemy Inside
07. Melancholy Is Not Only For Soldiers
08. Loss And Love
09. Big Fake Brother
10. Wrong
11. Trentasette

Childhood and its memories – these have always been important topics for Gianluca Divirgilio. On his debut album “On A Sad Sunny Day”, the mastermind of Arctic Plateau came to terms with his relationship to that period of his life and his memories of a wholly different perception of the world. With his new album “The Enemy Inside”, the Italian musician continues this wallowing and yearning, but he also contrasts it with the realities of adult life in order to criticize the loss of childlike innocence and the blunting of human emotions.

In musical terms, Divirgilio pushes even deeper forward into the realm he entered with his debut “On A Sad Sunny Day” in 2009: dreamy Post Rock meets melancholic singer/songwriter elements, and sometimes this mixture is dragged down to earth by crushing guitars. Hence, the conflict between the world of childhood and adult life is reflected in the instrumentation and the arrangements as well. Divirgilio has this to say: “We are living in a small world full of wonderful and interesting things – it’s only that we as adults have become too blunt to remind ourselves of this fact.” With “The Enemy Inside”, he invites us to become aware of this fact again and maybe discover a spark of our former innocence within ourselves.

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