Madrigali Magri's Lische opens with a beautifully quiet piece that is complemented with a minimalist guitar and drum line. In places, Madrigali Magri sounds a lot like Cave In, particularly that group's 2000 release, Jupiter, only all of the words on Madrigali Magri's Lische are in Italian, which is quite an interesting touch. In places, Lische becomes quite experimental and even dissonant, but one can tell that it's just the band going with its experimental U.S. indie scene tendencies. What's truly remarkable about this recording is the use of quiet throughout. A lot of recordings go the full way and put the whole thing out there in three and a half minutes, but a good quiet recording builds slowly; in fact, this brings to mind the Tortoise track "Djed" (from the Millions Now Living Will Never Die recording), with its dub-laden, minimalist qualities. In fact, perhaps one could go a step further and say that Lische is quite a bit like the earlier work of Tortoise. Lische certainly has a post-rock aesthetic, and this, along with some of the other unique qualities of the recording, make it infinitely listenable. This is an excellently organic recording, and one that truly gives some insight into a fantastic ensemble at work.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Borghi