The Ancestor (2021)


Client: Dancæstral 
Genre: Alternative Rock, Alternative Metal, Progressive
Release Date: To be released in 2021
Format: digital, stream
Total time: 41:10
Produced by Davide Sgualdini and Dancæstral
Recorded, mixed and Mastered by Davide Sgualdini at Studio LaMorte (Cagliari, Italy)
Engineered by Davide Sgualdini
Additional recording at V-Studio (Cagliari, Italy)
Diego Piu: Guitars, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Synth
Marco Diomedi: Guitars, Backing Vocals
Andrea Rocca: Bass guitar, Vocals
Marco Melis: Drums
Alessandro Castellano: Drums
Artwork: Simone Pisano Design
Photography: Kismet Hubble
Music by Dancæstral
Lyrics by Diego Piu
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”The Ancestor” is Dancæstral first full-length record, due to be published in 2021.

The Ancestor gravitates around an abstract and merely hypothetic concept in which the “essence” of every living organism (the so-called “soul”) is actually an entity that is completely detached from the physical part of the being.
This leads to think that all the different aspects of everyone’s personalities are in truth dictated from this undefined entity of which any information is unknown.
Various emotions arise from this: for example, the sense of impotence towards personal defects, or the frustration that comes from not feeling in ownership of one’s self and emotions.
The songs express these feelings, by converting into music all the sensorial facets deriving from this interior reasoning; by keeping in mind that (if this absurd theory is found to be true) every experienced situation and their consequent emotions can be associated with the soul.
A metaphoric comparison between soul and “Cordycep” is made in some of the tracks: this parasitic mushroom takes bodily possession of some insects, making them powerless under his control.
Anyway the album deals with common subjects too, in relation to the fact that every thing we feel can be associated with this hypothetical presence from which the physical component cannot separate.

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Track listing

1. Cordyceps
2. Every Outcome
3. The Distance
4. Juniper
5. Light Severance
6. Worst regards
7. Anaestatic
8. Be Weird
9. Age of Decade
10. Cordyverse




Making Of Playlist

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Davide led us through the production of our first album “The Ancestor” warning us about the consequences that arrangements, tones and dynamics would bring to the final result; thanks to his detailed overview and meticulous attitude about work, we accomplished exactly what we wanted our songs to sound like. Give some time to get along with him and you’ll certainly know it’s worth it.

Any musician will tell you – the mixing process is a crucial part in music production. Davide Sgualdini is a master of the sonic world and can make a huge difference to any project, whichever the musical style is. He continuously dedicates careful attention to the music he works on in order to elevate it to its highest potential. Since I began to work with Davide, my music has never sounded better. I can confidently say that there are two periods in my musical life before and after Studio LaMorte!

The day Antoine Fafard discovered Davide Sgualdini and introduced his work to me was a revelation. What a day of joy that was. Like Ken Scott did for the Mahavishnu Orchestra album “Birds Of Fire”, the approach and sonic vision he brought to the mixing of my drum kit (on the album “Sphere” by Antoine) was entirely stellar, refreshingly exciting and had a real unique character that was instantly, MAJORLY arousing to my ears and spirit. I was astounded. At that point he became the new standard for me – an engineer with whom I look forward to working on many projects together. His expertise and relentless, tireless dedication to whatever he’s working on is only the “icing on the cake” element to his vastly superior abilities as an engineer/producer. Davide’ a rare one. And an equally beautiful guy to work with. I cannot endorse his all around excellence highly enough!
Thank you Davide sir!