Thanks to the mind-expanding Music is Painting in the Air comp last year saw an explosion of interest in long-lost ’70s prog/synth outfit Sensations’ Fix so the timing couldn’t be better for reissue house Superior Viaduct to resurrect the Italian band’s impossible-to-find Fragments of Light .
Originally sent to Polydor as a collection of demos and released by the label as is in 1974 the album marked the debut release from Franco Falsini’s Sensations’ Fix project effectively laying the foundation for his unique and meditative blend of cosmically laced electronics and soaring guitar-play. And it does so in such a brutally simple fashion relying on little more than a Minimoog a broken falsetto and a 4-track as Falsini tears off riffs that easily rival kosmische greats like Manuel Göttsching and Michael Rother.
The results are primal raw and from the heart capturing an intimacy few over-bloated progressive albums of the day — or since — have managed. It gives an eerily private feel to Fragments of Light like you’re getting some rare glimpse into one man’s personal cosmos.
More polished efforts from the band would follow but Fragments of Light holds a special place in the little-known history of Sensations’ Fix still sounding downright classic so many decades later.