Mike, a fan from Russia, wrote this review of Apeirophobia on the Yesfans forum.
Thanks a lot, Mike, for your kind words!!!
IFSOUNDS deliver a mix of classical and ethnical music, baroque pop and sympho rock, alternative twang and psychedelic torch, plus a bit of mainstream. Superb performance, with the unusual vocal talents of Elena Ricci, Claudio Lapenna’s piano/keys, Dario Lastella’s guitar/synth dominate the sound throughout. Francesco Bussoli (bass) and Enzo Bellocchio (drums) are hidden in the background but what they do is an impressive stuff too…
For me, ‘Apeirophobia’ is one of the most interesting Italian albums in a lonf time. Ifsounds acquired a taste for the abstract style of playing. It may not immediately strike some of you as a hotbed of progressive rock. However, this band appearance hides the depth of creation.
First of all I would like to thank all the people who already bought Apeirophobia and all the ones who supported us with their feedback and their messages.
Our album is getting very popular on the web… maybe too popular, because we experimented an exaggerate interest by “pirates” :-(. Yes, the album is now available for free illegal download from several sites, especially from Russia…
Anyway, we’re glad about this interest, it shows us that our music is very popular worldwide, but it’s clear that both ifsounds and Melodic Revolution Records are losing a lot of money…
Of course we’re not here for the money, we don’t play music moved by greed, we don’t produce COMMERCIAL POP MUSIC and often we simply gave it away (see the FREE compilation and downloads…).
But unfortunately producing an album is not free: we had to pay the guys who printed the CDs, we had to pay to master it, we had to pay to promote and distribute it… And I’m not counting the time of work composing music, recording and mixing it, nor the time and the energies MRR guys spent for Apeirophobia too: pirates are hurting them too!
I know that many of these sites are actually spreading out our music incidentally helping us in promotion, just because they like it, but there are many others that are making money indirectly out of our music gathering clicks for their sponsors.
So we decided to spread our music ourselves: now you can stream the whole Apeirophobia album from our site FOR FREE, every time you want with no restrictions in this page.
If you really love it you can choose to download it illegally or to buy it (in CD or digitally) from one of these sites:
And soon from Amazon and i-Tunes too…
So you can buy our music RISK FREE (you already know what you’re buying) and to help us to keep on making music!
Innanzi tutto volevo ringraziare di cuore tutte le persone che hanno già comprato Apeirophobia e quelle che ci hanno mandato messaggi di supporto.
Il nostro album sta avendo molto successo… forse anche troppo visto l’enorme interesse dimostrato dai pirati informatici :-(! Sì, l’album è già disponibile illegalmente su vari siti, specialmente in Russia… Da un lato siamo contenti per questo interesse che dimostra che la nostra musica sta diventando molto popolare in giro per il mondo, ma è altresì evidente che ifsounds e Melodic Revolution Records stanno perdendo molto denaro…
Ovviamente non abbiamo mai fatto musica per soldi, non siamo un gruppo POP COMMERCIALE, né siamo mossi dall’avidità: spesso abbiamo regalato la nostra musicacome dimostrato dalla compilation gratuita…
Tuttavia produrre musica a un certo livello ha dei costi: il mastering, la produzione fisica dei CD, la promozione, la distribuzione… E ovviamente non sto tenendo conto del lavoro fatto per comporre, suonare e missare i pezzi, oltre allo sforzo dei ragazzi di MRR: i pirati non tengono conto di tutto ciò!
So benissimo che ci sono siti che genuinamente condividono la nostra musica perché piace ai loro gestori e che indirettamente ci aiutano nella promozione… Tuttavia ce ne sono molti altri che approfittano del nostro lavoro per guadagnare denaro attraverso i click ai loro sponsor! Per far fronte a ció, abbiamo deciso di rendere pubblico l’album.
Sí, da oggi il CD è disponibile in streaming GRATIS, lo potete ascoltare liberamente dal nostro sito senza restrizioni! Poi se vi piace davvero potete scegliere di scaricarlo illegalmente o di comprarlo da uno di questi siti (sia in formato fisico che digitale):
E presto anche su Amazon e i-Tunes.
In tal modo potete comprare la nostra musica SENZA RISCHI (non comprate a scatola chiusa!) e per aiutarci a continuare…
Sergio Guillén es la mente destrás de una de las mejores web musicales de España, Renacer Eléctrico que este año cumple 10 años de vida.
Esta es la reseña de Apeirophobia escrita por Sergio.
Primero nos llegó la transición de If a Ifsounds. (altro…)
La potete leggere qui.
Come i Conqueror e gli Ylecplise, gli Ifsounds sono partiti da un new prog fin troppo aderente al canone storico ma hanno lavorato sodo per affinare la propria proposta, migliorarla, personalizzarla. (altro…)
Part I – Apeiros
Part II – Knowledge
Part III – Steps
Part IV – Conscience Builder
Part V – Jungle Feelings
Part VI – Another Life
Part VII – Memories
Part VIII – Home Again
Part IX – I will never be alone
Franco Bussoli – bass.
Elena Ricci – vocals.
Enzo Bellocchio – drums.
Claudio Lapenna – piano, keyboards, vocals.
Dario Lastella – guitars, synth, vocals.
Guests: Núria Palau, Alexandra Milas, Maria Miele and Armando Varriano – Strings on Aprile.
Cover design by Andrea Pinti.
Mastering by Steve Kitch (Audiomaster) – www.audiomaster.co.uk
Apeirophobia is the fear of the infinite. It could be described as “4th dimensional agoraphobia”. It is something that runs even deeper than the fear of death itself. The human brain can’t really cope with the concept of endless time and when we try to define infinity our destiny often seems to be an endless, obscure, unknown and frightening cage. It is in these moments that we suffer from Apeirophobia. While the fear of death is a basic instinct, Apeirophobia is more of a mental “short-circuit”. Most forms of philosophy and religion have tried to address the problem of the infinite in an attempt to bring this fear under control and this album is about how some of them have “filled the void”, shaping human thought throughout the centuries.
|Melodic Revolution Records|
We have entered the week of pre-release promotion. We’ve already given away 20 CDs, but before the “official” release we want to give our friends a last chance to get our new album Apeirophobia with a big discount.
Today we launch a new promotion very limited in time. For a week you can:
1. Buy Apeirophobia for just 9 € with no shipping costs, no matter where you live! Consider that the shipping outside Europe costs to me 5.50 €, so it means that if you live (for example) in the U.S.A. you’ll get the CD for just 3.50 €!!!
2. Buy 2 copies of Apeirophobia or Apeirophobia + Morpho Nestira for just 13 € with no shipping costs, no matter where you live! Consider that the shipping costs for heavier items are higher, so one of the CDs will be virtually for FREE!
Please write to iftheband[at]gmail.com to join this promotion!
What’s more. I’m honoured to announce you that I was invited on a show by Andrea Garrison, the Host of the show Online With Andrea from NY City, USA. It will be an ifsounds-dedicated show and is scheduled on Friday the 15th of October at 3 p.m. NY time (9 p.m. in Central Europe, 8 p.m. in the U.K.).
Hope you’ll enjoy it.
See you on the official release of Apeirophobia!
We have WINNERS!!!
Everyone of them will receive a free “Apeirophobia” CD at home.
Here’s the full list:
Congratulations to all the lucky winners!
If you didn’t win, don’t worry, there’s another great chance for our friends only.
The very first 10 who will write will receive the CD for FREE, paying just the shipment depending on where they live (approximately 3€ in Europe and 5€ in the other continents). We’ll receive the payment via PayPal.
We will respond every request personally giving all the details to receive the free CDs, so if you’re interested please hurry and write us at iftheband[at]gmail.com: it’s a gift limited in time (3 DAYS) and items (10 CDs)!!!
On Sunday we will launch the pre-release promotion for the friends who couldn’t get the 20 free CDs we’re giving away these days.
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