Lilys Puff is a creature born from an idea by
Marco Fabro and Chiara Barichello. From the piano of
the latter and Marcos voice the first demo is
born, in an essential piano-voice sonorous dimension
that is far from Marcos previous experiences with
Sistrum and Monks.
The first demo is very intense and emotional thanks
to Marcos voice and Chiaras piano and it
creates some interest, that became definite with the
production of the début album, dated 1999, entitled
Domino and published by Radio Luxor/Ende. In this work
started a new collaboration with Paolo Corberi, a musician
that signed a song and took part in the arrangements
of some of the tracks.
Domino is a very emotional and nuanced work that conveys
in a complete way Marcos emotional and visionary
intensity held up by Chiaras never ending embroidery
of her piano and Paolos stabbing arrangements
which melt sounds and noises.
Later on this took the form of the concert- theatre,
with the insertion of live performances of texts written
by Paolo Zuttioni and acted by Francesca Martinelli.
The idea of the concert- theatre was appreciated and
rehearsed where the space permitted it.
In 2002, after many delays, the mini CD the Raven, the
Thirst and the Pendulum is published by Nail Records,
in a limited edition of 200 copies. This second work
mirrored the theatrical dimension that the group undertook
since a while. Essentially live recorded, the CD is
always based on the interlacement piano- voice and the
potentialities of the group further emerge, supported
by Paolos arrangements too.
Subsequently, Chiara left the group and was replaced
at the piano by Simone Sari. With Chiaras departure,
Lilys Puff constituent parts crumbled and need
to find a new balance, luckily, in this case, enriching
themselves. In fact, the duo Fabro- Barichello is replaced
by a trio in which Paolo Corberi and Simone Sari give
new and different solutions, thanks to the introduction
of tracks in which the guitar has more place, combining
the acoustic- electronic dimension with the piano sound.
In 2003 a new song is published in Rosa Selvaggia fanzine,
which seems to introduce this new deal. If Reflecting
Eyes were a movie it would be a western that weaves
a folk guitar rhythm with the classical melody of the
It is just a sample in comparison to the sonorities
that will come out later. In 2004 the second album Crashing
Diamond comes out. Its 15 tracks have brought many changes
both on the side of sonorous contaminations, and on
that of the collaborations of the band. They participate
in the album, besides the musician already cited, also
Riccardo Vatovec (drums), Silvia Turco (piano and accordion)
that also signed two tracks, and Virginia Boemo, that
sang and signed a track.
Crashing Diamond is a richer work than the others on
the sonorous side. The atmospheres are more varied and
to the orchestration already known by Lilys Puff
are added drums, accordion, keyboards, electronics,
noise. The long making production of the album permitted
to reach an appreciated balance that does not turn its
back on the past, but represents an evolution from the
past works. The album critiques, both on a local level,
and on a national one, were very good and showed both
the good making of the product on the sonority and arrangements
sides, and on the goodness of the compositions. In the
album there is also a cover song Nightporter, dedicated
to David Sylvians Japan.
The workmanship of this album shows the will of the
members of the group to experiment new sonorous situation
and to venture in still virgin instrumental paths for
the band. So the idea of a new work, that showed better
the electronic paths that in Crashing Diamond were just
mentioned, is born, together with unpredictable sonorities
but also acoustic ones. To this goal, at the core formed
by the trio Fabro- Corberi- Sari, a forth element is
joined, Renzo Fanutti, who already collaborated with
Paolo on other projects in the past and present times.
Renzos electronic- surreal vein applied to the
realisation of the new Lilys Puff work: Heaven
Frowns, coming out in 2007. This album represents a
side of the band that will surprise a lot the estimators,
but surely not disappoint them thanks to the passionate
rhythmic and melodic energy that it transmits. This
work shows electronic sonorities melting with the acoustic
ones, with a special attention to the visionary dimension
of music in itself. In this album there are also some
guests: Virginia, who participated in Crashing Diamond
too, and another new voice, Elisabetta Mauro who embellished
a couple of tracks.