⚠️ Soft and hard...
...JAZZ FUSION VIBES!!! ⚠️
"An autobiographical story made up of few rhymes but rich and complete in details.
Fik's new song Stranger, written and composed by him and performed in the company of the rest of the band Las Flores Molestas, has no intention of being caged in a well-defined genre, so much so that Fik declares that his music and that of the harassing flowers are bearers of soft and hard jazz fusion vibes. It is in this fusion that Stranger has the power to lead us back to the dear DJ Gruff at the turn of his 2000s: you can almost perceive the smell of a return to a sweet and never aggressive rap, neither in the lyrics nor in the bases. The song is made up of a series of rhymes linked one after the other in an extreme race against nonsense. In this marathon Fik succeeds well in avoiding obvious rhymes such as those after the classic and beloved palazzo. He succeeds so well that in the end an autobiographical story emerges made up of few rhymes but rich and complete in details. Fik's previous experience around the world, particularly in Berlin where he has played almost everywhere, allows him to find the right marriage between a disciplined guitar and a voice to be disciplined. The text in this case seems to work like a metronome: it carries the tempo of the jazz musicality of Fik y Las Flores Molestas."
Cristiana December of RockIt Magazine
live music & FILM clips
Fik y las Flores Molestas - Stranger
Fik y las Flores Molestas - My Light Is Gonna Shine
Fik y las Flores Molestas - At the Station
Fik y las Flores Molestas - Red Hot Fusion Solo LIVE @Barabba PD
While the first leaves were starting to turn yellow, we started playing "Pissin'around" by Las Flores Molestas and, miracle, autumn suddenly became just a mirage. Merit of the Paduan band that with its load of colorful Latin jazz'n'roll made us forget the first cold of the season and embraced it with tropical rhythms and the sun of good music. This is a really well played album where you can hear, practically in every single harmonic passage, how much fun the band members had to record it. Take the second track, "Hakuna Matata!" and tell us if you too, roughly around 1.15, didn't feel an urge to get up from your armchair and start dancing in the living room.
Here, in our opinion, this fact of extreme sociality of Paduan music is perhaps their greatest merit: this is an album to be listened to in company, perhaps even better together with a group of friends or, why not, even among strangers who then in the end we always get to know each other.
After all, music also and above all serves to create bonds and "Pissin'around" is certainly an excellent help in doing this. Honorable mention then for the final track, "At the Station Intimate Version" which revealed to us a more romantic and tormented side of Las Flores Molestas, which we would love to explore in their next works.
Mattia Nesto - RockIt Magazine
"A Caisa Drum, a Stratocaster and an original idea of experimental music
I had some thoughts before listening, some waste from the day, but then during the dadaist tracklist of Play + Rec everything faded away. To really understand this duo, however, we must start from their idea of music and their instruments.
Stefano Cosi hits his Caisa Drum, a sort of Hang Drum, into which he inserts a ping pong ball if necessary. Then, in addition to recording his thunderous laughter, he plays the drums, a distorted cello, a Kalimba Sansula with the Wah Wah incorporated, an instrument that imitates the sound of the wind. Federico Ficarra instead takes up the Stratocaster electric guitar to which he adds various "Live Electronics" effects.
The result cannot be explained. You can only sit there, still, and listen. Stefano and Federico define their creations as experimental (definitely), rock (in the approach) and ambient (as instrumental songs without singing).
Some passages might recall samba, others Tibetan bells, still others are hypnotic. The fingers on the Caisa Drum seem to chase rhythms of ancestral tribes, while the other sounds enrich the atmosphere.
There is no more right or better time than another to press play on this album. Because there is always a thought to banish. Of course, if you want, you can crush Rec on your reactions."
Francesco Carrubba - RockIt Magazine