Much of Giancarlo Erra's background in music involves performing in
a covers band for Porucpine Tree. Added to this is an interest in Pink
Floyd but this tells only part of the story behind the 'Sol29' album. The first song 'In The White Air' is blessed with an
elegiac piano melody; combined with Erra's own appealing vocals, the
effect is one of romantic longing and vulnerability. 'Idle End' is the kind of
sprawling epic you would expect from a Pink Floyd fan and its
ten-minute length certainly makes a claim for prog-rock terrirtory whilst 'The Moment She Knew' is in a similar vein.
Intriguingly it's the two final songs which really stand out: 'Hope For The Future' lives up to its
title; revealing a taste for acoustic guitars and Bark
Psychosis-style atmospheres and that formula is perfected on the blissful finale 'Sol29'. Overall it's a quality offering which possesses a predominantly sombre outlook but a subtle and appealing texture that suggest Erra might just be Italy's answer to the Durutti Column.