YLECLIPSE, from Cagliari, Italy, formed in 1998 under the moniker Eclisse. After the debut album, the band name was changed to YLECLIPSE. Initial members include Alessio Gerriero on vocals, bass and guitar; Andrea Picciau on keyboards; and Roberto Diomedi on drums. After their third album, Diomedi was replaced by Federico Bacco. Andrea Iddas played bass on a few songs from the third album and became a full-time member by the fourth.
The band describes their musical philosophy on their website: "The founder-members share the same love and interest for a particular musical field of research: progressive rock. The aim we've been trying to achieve since the earliest rehearsals and the first recording session, was to combine the peculiar progressive and experimental 'eclecticism' with the elegance and the immediacy of the pop song. Our main influences are: medieval music, classic rock, not to forget traditional Celtic music (Irish and Scottish folk in particular). We have always been interested in musical research and our constant perspective is to try, in musical terms, to broaden our horizons, keeping excited on a variety of styles, and doing constant attempts to find 'our special way.' That is why . . . the wide range of styles covered by the band, goes from ragtime to ambient pieces and evocative 'slow-air like' tunes, arranged with a typical nineties 'unplugged' taste."
The music is indeed a pleasant eclectic version of neo-prog. In fact, the band lists as their influences Genesis, Steve Hackett, Anthony Phillips, Marillion, Fish's solo material, IQ, and Pendragon. Also listed are Yes, ELP, PFM, Rush, Jethro Tull, and the Rolling Stones. YLECLIPSE are certainly one of the best examples of neo-prog from Italy.
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