I've been lucky to find the mp3s and I have to thank rym user dimi13 for providing me with some scans of the original lp. I still don't know if the album actually came out in 1980 as all of the (very few) data on the internet indicate, but let's suppose it did.
Let's try to describe the music. It's Piedmontese folk with evident celtic influences. It's very proficiently played and the instrumentation is rich (accordion, guitar, cello, mandolin, harp, bagpipes, bombard, different kind of flutes).
A subtle veil of melancholy is the most peculiar trait of the nine tracks composing the album. Some of you may remind Malvasia's self-titled lp I posted some years ago: though quite far on a plainly geographical (and, hence, musical) point of view, I find "Spirit Folet" bears some striking similarities with it when talking about mood.
In both the albums, great musical refinement is coupled with a captivating nostalgic allure, which casts a shadow even on the most solar episodes. It seems like the reprise of centuries-old traditions is no longer a way to revive them in the present - as it was for many artists in the Seventies, but rather becomes a metaphor for everything that's come to an end.
Both for Malvasia and Astrolabio, this can be read as the rising awareness that the intellectual and social climate of the Seventies was almost entirely gone, with its culture, political involvement, and utopias.
Edit: a reader told me the album is a private production and was recorded in 1978. I hope the information is correct (why shouldn't it?).
- Spirit folet/Pifferata palazzo di città/Conta (B. Costa/traditional/traditional)
- L'umbra gaia (T. Parisi)
- La bella all'armata (traditional)
- Al gril e la furmia (Maria Masoni-Astrolabio)
- La giostra di Martina (B. Costa)
- La prova (traditional)
- Mazurka e breton vals (traditional)
- La cirese e la funtan-a (Galli-Parisi-Brondetta)
- La mort (B. Costa)
- Giuliana Galli: vocals, percussion
- Lorenzo Brondetta: hornpipe, schalmein, flaut, flutes
- Beppe Costa: hurdy-gurdy, harp, guitar
- Tullio Parisi: accordion, mandolin, vocals
- Marco Robino: cello
- Beppe Turletti: accordion (track 5)
Similar music on the blog:
Malvasia: omonimo (Fonit Centra, 1979)
La lionetta: Il gioco del diavolo (Shirak, 1981)