La Casa Di Omicidio
Active Listener Records
Well you could happily believe the story – that this is some rare/unearthed horror film soundtrack. But La Casa Di Omicidio is new music and musicians Noah Poole and Jeff Rose were clearly raised on the music of Goblin and John Carpenter, the horror scores from Pino Donaggio and well – when you hear the guitars on L’Omicidio Euphorbia Mill – you’d have to think of Mike Oldfield too; there’s that obvious horror score connection there as well.
Add in a hint of prog – though with stoner-rock drums – and just a trace of psych-rock and you have the best instrumental EP you could fool your friends with. All of the tropes are here, groove slowly building then falling away to gentle piano motifs (Osse di Diavolo), a hint of classical piano augmented by cello, a serenity that’s temporary and never entirely settling (Il Lungo Viaggio Dagil Inferi) and then that wonderful repositioning of church organ sounds (Un Sermone Compone nel Deolore Padre Giacobbe). There are moments, as on the closing track, where you could almost imagine a dancefloor lighting up. Okay, light might not be the right word, it would probably be a Goth Ball or something – but there’s a slinkiness in the groove when it does arrive. And there’s a sense of humour somewhere within the po-faced synth lines.
Opener, Pista da Ballo, is a perfect scene-setter, the “opening credits” that plays out in much the same way as modern cinematic-sounding groups like The Superimposers and Chungking, just with this purposeful horror-music heave, the spacey wash of keyboards and human-voiced hums. There’s really only one sadness with this – it’s an EP and not an album. I want more. I find myself listening to it three, four times in a row, desperate to milk an album-experience from this brief but brilliant EP.