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Art Of Melody Music & Burning Minds Music Group are proud to announce the signing of italian AORsters Mindfeels for the release of their debut album "XXenty". Born with the name of Dejanira back in 1994, Mindfeels were originally the trio of Italo Graziana (Soul Seller - Drums), Roberto Barazzotto (Bass) and Luca Carlomagno (Guitars / Keyboards / Violin). From the beginning, Mindfeels showed their love of American AOR/Westcoast legends, Toto, and built a set list of Toto cover songs for live, instrumental performances. Later, Dejanira joined forces with female singer Raffaella Miani, who fronted the band for the recording of their first, unreleased album, which they self produced. A few years later, new frontman Davide Gilardino, replaced Raffaella on vocals. The band was completed with the addition of Gloria Strippoli on backing vocals, and Christian Rossetti on keyboards. This new line-up (with the exception of Gloria Strippoli) began recording the second unreleased album "XXenty", a title chosen in celebration of their more than two decades of music together. The new line-up prompted a new moniker – and Mindfeels was born. They chose the name to represent their infinite love of Toto, led by guitar maestro Steve Lukather, and in particular, their timeless album “Mindfields". In 2017, Mindfeels signed with new label, Art Of Melody Music, for the European release of "XXenty" (scheduled for November 17th), and also with AnderStein Music for a dedicated Japanese release later in December. The cd version will feature liner notes written by Kenneth Bremer, editor in chief of renowned westcoast music website Blue Desert, while the first single, "Soul Has Gone Away", will be launched with an official video in October. - MINDFEELS IS: Davide Gilardino (Lead & Backing Vocals) Luca Carlomagno (Guitars, Keyboards & Violin) Roberto Barazzotto (Bass) Italo Graziana (Drums) - Special Guest Christian Rossetti (Keyboards) WEB / SOCIAL: https://www.facebook.com/Mindfeelsmusic/ https://www.facebook.com/artofmelodymusic/ http://mindfeelsmusic.com/ http://www.burningmindsgroup.com/art-of-melody-music/
From a review on the web: If we speak about classic AOR / West Coast, "Unum" - the first album from this fascinating project called ROCHA - is without a doubt one of the greatest recordings made in the genre from the last 20 years and more. Yeah, I can't remember which was the last album recorded in the AOR / West Coast field that included the 'who's who' from the L.A Session golden era, but I assure you that the luminaries participating in "Unum" even surpasses the stellar 'personnel list' from any '80s recording in this vein. Sure, the likes of Slama's AOR or Peter Friestedt have been doing a great work bringing back mega-talented players into the studio in recent years, but Rocha's "Unum" is a different thing. Rocha is a more 'integral' recording as all musicians are involved, in one way or another, on all songs. And 'these little musicians' are absolutely impressive. Read this carefully; the guitars are at charge of Jeff Paris, Michael Landau (Steve Perry, Chicago, Kenny Loggins), the unique Michael Thompson (Richard Marx, Robin Beck), Paul Pesco (Michael Bolton) and Tim Pierce (Stan Bush, Fiona). Wow... just Wow! It seems Jeff Paris did the more rocking parts and the other skilled cats the more elaborated, atmospheric moments plus the solos. And the amazing quality doesn't stop there; on bass you have the great Matt Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Lita Ford) and Jimmy Haslip (Jimmy Barnes, Blackjack), on drums Dave Weckl, Gary Novak, Marco Minnemann (Satriani, Silver), Vinnie Colaiuta (Eric Martin, Asia), on keys studio beast and genius arranger Jeff Lorber (who co-produced as well), Richard Baker (Shortino/Northrup, Bonrud) and Jeff Paris too, while percussion is handled, as it could not be otherwise, by legendary Lenny Castro (Toto et all). But there's more... the vocals are performed by Jeff Pescetto, one of the most talented studio singers from the '80s who has worked & recorded with the likes of David Foster and countless soundtracks such as Top Gun. And if you need more '80s, there's a killer sax solo by Eric Marienthal (Idle Cure, Kitaro), while on backing vocals we can hear, after many years, the fantastic pipes of Alex Ligertwood (Foreigner, Radioactive), Dan Reed, Terry Ilous (XYZ, Great White) and yes, Jeff Paris. And.. who is Rocha, the man behind this beauty? Rui Rocha is a Portuguese keyboardist and songwriter, and has composed all the material on "Ulum" closely helped by Jeff Paris who also play various instruments. Rui is a talented writer, and truly modest person. He did this album for the love of music, there's not a single pic of his face in on Facebook, nor the entire net. Oh, almost forgot something important... all that talent need a top class production. Don't worry, "Ulum" delivers this in spades; master Keith Olsen (Whitesnake, Scorpions, Ozzy, Heart) was behind the desk, and the results are Fan-damn-tastic. All tracks are exquisite AOR pieces plenty of melody and elegant arrangements. While there's a couple of smoother tracks with a West Coast feel, overall, "Ulum" sounds pretty 'rock', in the melodic side of '80s AOR tradition. There's strong guitars, identifiable keyboards, solid rhythm section and veteran Jeff Pescetto voice has matured with age to a more soulful delivery. Track by track? You don't need it. Rocha's "Ulum" is a mandatory listening to all classic AOR fans. FB Players: Jeff Pescetto: lead vocals Jeff Paris: guitar, keyboards, backing vocals Michael Landau (Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins): guitar Michael Thompson (Richard Marx, Robin Beck) guitar Paul Pesco (Michael Bolton): guitar Tim Pierce (Stan Bush, Fiona): guitar Rui Rocha: keyboards Jeff Lorber: keyboards. co-production Richard Baker (Shortino/Northrup, Bonrud): keyboards Matt Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Lita Ford): bass Jimmy Haslip (Jimmy Barnes, Blackjack): bass Ariane Cap: bass Marco Minnemann (Satriani, Silver): drums Dave Weckl: drums Gary Novak: drums Vinnie Colaiuta (Eric Martin, Asia): drums Eric Marienthal: sax Lenny Castro (Toto, Chicago): percussion Alex Ligertwood (Foreigner, Radioactive): backing vocals Dan Reed: backing vocals Terry Ilous (XYZ, Great White): backing vocals Tracklist: 01 - Lies 02 - I'll Keep Holdin'on 03 - Fallin' 04 - The Other Side Of Paradise 05 - Another Heartbreak 06 - Back Into My Heart 07 - Stop Bringin'me Down 08 - Love Of My Life 09 - Hold On You Listen to the whole album and purchase it here (Limited Edition of 500): https://ragingplanet.bandcamp.com/album/rocha-unum