At first glance, Marcio Novelli’s The Reimagining, Vol. 1 seems simple enough: seven tracks from across the celebrated pop rock artist’s discography, reimagined in acoustic form. But don’t be fooled – this EP is much more than just a collection of bare-bones renditions with an acoustic guitar. Novelli has breathed new life into the songs, pulling back the blazing electric guitars and pounding drums of their original arrangements to reveal the intimacy and melancholy that lays beneath. Once the songs were stripped down, they were built back up piece by piece, from the tiniest of delicate flourishes to entirely new parts. As he does on all of his releases (with the exception of drums), Novelli performed every instrument and even embraced the challenge of arranging a string trio on every track for the first time. And as his musical journey over the years has taken him from solo acoustic performances to an expansive full band sound, this EP sees him embracing his roots while reinvigorating his back catalogue. It’s a nod to the past while looking steadily forward. You can catch The Reimagining, Vol. 1 when it drops on March 31st, 2016.
For Fans Of: City and Colour, The Goo Goo Dolls