Primo! – Sogni
Having presented their compelling debut Amici back in 2018, Melbourne-based rock quartet Primo! finally release their second full-length album, Sogni, featuring some of the most unique and exciting tracks the band has made to date. With the addition of their new bassist, Amy Hill, Primo!’s straightforward, guitar-centric sound is expanded and makes for a more cohesive and fully realised record, marking an exciting new direction for the group.
Sogni successfully blends Primo!’s signature flair for upbeat tempo choruses and distinctive vocals with some nostalgic post-punk notes, reminiscent of the dreamy qualities seen in the 70s from the likes of The Velvet Underground. Across the album’s 12 tracks, the four-piece thrive in their interesting layering of modern and vintage sounds, making for a fully developed listening experience. The hazy synths, guitar riffs and fun atmosphere featured in Comedy Show and Perfect Paper particularly stand out as creative advancements from the ensemble’s previous work.
The new record, while being well-rounded, also proves to be diverse enough to avoid feeling repetitive. Paired with catchy melodies, Sogni at points is an exploration of sound that gives us songs that feel like fresh, experimental additions to the band’s discography. Machine features distinct instrumentals that feel deliberately spontaneous and offbeat alongside reverbing vocals, while the concluding song Reverie ends the album with hazy instrumentals and a marked absence of harsh drumbeats. The tonal and musical range throughout the album makes for a compelling experience that marks a maturity that Amici was missing.
Sogni is an easy listen and solid album for Primo!. However, at times it does feel that the group could push further in experimenting and playing with sound. After Machine, there is a notable lack of strange instrumentals, which only appear in small segments of the remaining numbers. That being said, this is still a brilliant release: the compelling songwriting that showcases the musical talents of all members make it a strong addition to the band’s repertoire, certifying Primo! as a consistent, high-quality ensemble and a group to watch.
Photo: Robyn Daly
is released on 17th April 2020. For further information or to order the album visit Sogni – Primo!’s website here.
Watch the video for Machine here: