Casa Del Mirto: 1979
Italian Marco Ricci records under the handle Casa Del Mirto. “Casa del Mitro” translates to English as “Home of the Myrtle.” Myrtle is an endangered shrub that grows in the Mediterranean region’s southern areas. The islands of Sardinia and Corsica soak Myrtle in alcohol creating a liqueur with a rich aroma known as “Mirto.” House of Myrtle is an appropriate moniker for Ricci’s musical endeavors as he creates smooth disco-pop high up near the Italian Alps.
In 2005 Ricci released 90’s house influenced Supertrendycoolfashion, which tends to play out like a mediocre dance record. It may make more sense to the European ear but most of the release feels cheesy and unoriginal. It’s the kind of record that may have been cool in 2005, but today would be deleted to save hard drive space. Ricci’s new record, 1979 takes the good intensions of his previous release and expands on them.
The albums first two real cuts, “The Right Way” and “The Haste”, are strong points. Both feature the Roland 505 drum machine and are soaked in Ricci’s well-played simplistic synth lines. The following track “Pain In My Hands” feels a bit out of place when it takes a hard turn to an emotional acoustic ballad with low-level synth irregularities. You may as well stop listening there though. The albums lead track, “History”, “Club Mare” and “White Chapel” come off as filler. Assumingly they are transitional pieces but play out as unfinished underdeveloped ideas.
There is no doubt that Ricci is influenced by chillwavers, Washed Out, Neon Indian and Toro Y Moi. What separates Casa Del Mirto from someone like Toro Y Moi, is that Ricci is more of a songwriter than producer. Toro Y Moi uses deeper sampled layers, while Ricci uses a very basic song structure that lacks a catchy hook. Ricci doesn’t take many chances with this record. It seems to move from song to song without much real excitement. What Casa Del Mirto does get right is the records near perfect mixing. However, at the end of the day 1979 feels like another disco record that had potential. If Ricci would have cut out the filler on this release he could have made a decent EP; instead, it becomes forgettable.
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