Giardini di Mirò, Good Luck

Ian Gittins

By Ian Gittins

on 04.27.12 in Reviews
Sweetly engaging, minor-key romaticism

Hailing from the well-heeled Northern city of Emilio Reggia, Italian six-piece Giardini di Mirò have been crafting beguiling, atmospheric rock symphonies since the late ’90s. They claim their sixth studio album is shaped by the spirituality (“made of minimalism, simplicity, geometry, natural lines guiding the eyes”) of the bucolic Emilian countryside, and such pastoral concerns are indeed evident in their sumptuous mix of prog rock, dream pop and shoegaze. They have always claimed to be influenced by post-rockers such as Tortoise, Godspeed! You Black Emperor and Mogwai, but the music on Good Luck lacks the self-referentiality, serrated edges and audacious flourishes of those artists: Instead, tracks such as “Rome” and “Time On Time” recall long-forgotten 1980s mainland Europe bands such as Minny Pops, Invisible Limits and the Essence, who crafted swelling synth-pop epics in thrall to New Order and the Cure. This is no bad thing: For all of the meticulous, studied Mittel Europa angst undercutting “Spurious Love” and the funereal-paced, late-night-driving reverie “Memories,” their vulnerable, minor-key romanticism is sweetly engaging. Giardini di Mirò’s appeal may not travel outside of their native land, but if you hear Good Luck once, you will want to do so again.