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Mannequin Records celebrate their 9 year anniversary with the release of this masterpiece of 80s Italian new wave, and a cornerstone of Italian rock.
It was the end of the 70’s, when Federico Fiumani, together with two classmates, gave life to the embryonic line up known as CFS. The acronym is formed by the initials of the members. Cicchi (Gianni, drummer), Fiumani (guitar and voice) and Susini (Salvatore, bass). Later, Susini was replaced by the brother of Cicchi, Leandro. The new incarnation of 'Diaframma' was born, with the singer now replaced with Nicola Vannini. From their earliest momenets they were sharing the same stages cathching the a simialr fanbase as their friends Neon, Pankow and Litfiba - whom all contributed transforming the Tuscan capital into the epicenter of Post-punk in Italy.
After their first single ‘Pioggia/Illusione Ottica’ (Italian Records, 1982) a split with Pankow (IDL, 1982) and the mini-lp ‘Altrove’ (Contempo, 1983), the beautiful lyrics of the guitar player and leader Federico Fiumani exposed the band as one of the most popular in the Italian scene.
Meanwhile, the time was ripe for a major change. In 1984 Diaframma sign for IRA Records and Nicola Vannini was replaced by the painter and sculpturist Miro Sassolini. With Miro on baord, Diaframma recorded not only ‘Siberia’, but two more records, ‘3 Volte Lacrime’ (1986) and ‘Boxe’ (1988), unwittingly laying the blueprint for the future generation of Italian alternative music scene. Here was one of the most successful attempts combining derivative Anglo-saxon musical styles and songs written in Italian.
'Siberia’ came out in 1984 and the title track is also the most representative song. A masterpiece that highlights Federico Fiumani's skills - drawing trajectories with his guitar in line with the metaphorical descriptions of a ‘big chill’, in which are reflected the mood and the social climate early 80s Italy.
Epoch-making is actually an adjective suitable for the album, which is collecting the mood of the time, filtered through the sensibility of memorable songs like ‘Neongrigio’, ‘Amsterdam’, ‘De Lorenzo’, ‘Specchi d’acqua'. An Italian breath, where the lyrics of Fiumani, totally lost in the symbolist poetry, represent a perfect model of harmony between the Italian metrics and the sound and rhythm of the English post-punk.
'Siberia' pictures the first attempt in Italy to emerge from the exciting comfort zone of the “underground” to deal finally with the real market (IRA sold approximately 50,000 copies at the time), where the tradition of the Italian song-writing is merging with the musical forefather such as: Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen and Television.
In February 2012, 'Siberia' placed #7 for the Rolling Stone magazine's poll of the 100 most beautiful Italian records of all the time.