Hearing something new from ther Germany-based label Aut is always unpredictable and I like that, because I enjoy having trust in a label but unsure of what they’re going to throw out into the world, and this is no exception. Paradigm Shift is a new project involving Francesco Chiapperini along with Simone Lobina and Simone Quatrana. What surprised me at first was the sound of guitars, as the label doesn’t offer shine the spotlight on guitarists or the sound of the guitar so I thought “whoa, what is this?” The music on this 7-track album felt more like a progressive rock album of a Pink Floyd variety but then things get more jazzy in pieces like “Atlas” and “Onlu Theme” and it’s more jazzy than what I’ve come to expect from Pink Floyd, even in their jazzier moments.
Yet ask someone who is more into progressive rock or even progressive jazz and they’re probably tell you “know, this sounds more like Krautrock” or “have you heard of Osanna? This sounds more like them but without ballads.” Regardless of what ones perspective is of this music, Paradigm Shift is something that does offer a new perspective each time you listen to it, and I like the fact I’m willing to listen to this differently and come out wanting to hear more.