“Oceans of Thought” was originally called “The Merchant of Eternal Youth” but during the time of the recordings I had some personal problems and I was a little depressed. So the songs, the cover but above all the lyrics, have undergone a change because my music comes from what I have inside of my mind and soul.
So this album talks about the difficulties that life sometimes brings us, but also talks about how to try to overcome them. It’s a record that I care a lot about because it talks a lot about me. Because great musicians have played there, from Norwegian guitarists Bjørn Riis founder of the band Airbag and Marius Halleland (Wobbler), Peter Matuchniak (Kinetic Element), Jeff Mack (Scarlet Hollow) and Maurizio Antonini the beating heart of this record. The precious woodwinds arrangements by Dave Newhouse (The Muffins) and the beautiful voice of JoJo Razor(Gekko Projekt) and last but not the least, Charlie Cawood (Knifeworld) playing Sitar.
This year I turned 50, an important and very significant milestone for me. Half a century on Earth! What a wonderful journey up to here. First of all, I want to thank my beautiful and wonderful Wife because She made my life happier and more dynamic. Then all the supporters who allowed me to record this album and in particular Jon Hawkins for having produced it. I am proud and very happy to present it to you today. I hope it will reach your heart and your mind. Entertaining you, relaxing and making you think about life, its beauties and sometimes its inconsistencies.
The album was released today June 21st, the day of the summer solstice. The most important day of my life.
Have a good trip folks! Marco Ragni
Track Listing 1 Flashlights 2 Dizziness 3 Hammil’s Thoughts 4 The Wind Blows Anyway 5 Regain Control 6 Oceans of Thought 7 Under a Big Red Sun 8 Voice in the Dark 9 Open My Arms
Music and lyrics by Marco Ragni Produced by Jon Hawkins Album Art by Marco Ragni
Featuring: Marco Ragni: Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, keys, bass Peter Matuchniak: Electric guitar Dave Newhouse: Woodwinds Jeff Mack: Five string fretted and fretless bass & Chapman Stick. Maurizio Antonini: Drums JoJo Razor: Backing vocals
Special Guests Bjørn Riis: Lead guitar on No. 9 Open My Arms Marius Halleland: Lead Guitar on No 2 Dizziness & No 5 Regain Control Charlie Cawood: Sitar On No 8 Voice in the Dark
Pre-Order for the long-awaited new album The Wandering Caravan starts today featuring Eight new original compositions.
1. What We Have Done In The Past We’ll Be In The Future
2. Waiting On The Threshold
3. Promised Land
4. Which Is The Right Path To Take?
5. It’s Only Fantasy
6. What Are We Willing To Lose To Regain Our Freedom?
7. Keep Dreaming 09:03
8. Back Home Again
Wandering Caravan’s Band:
Marco Ragni: Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, keyboards, mellotron, piano, mandolin.
Dave Newhouse: Sax, clarinet, flute, keyboards and woodwinds arrangements
Peter Matuchniak: Lead guitar
Jeff Mack: Bass
Maurizio Antonini: Drums
Luca Zabbini (from Barock Project): Hammond
Ian Beabout: Flute
Nadav Yitzhak: Oud
Michael Zentner: Violin
About The Album
I started composing this album immediately after the release of Land of Blue Echoes, on March 2016. I was given a copy of “The death-defying unicorn” by Motorpsycho and I was pleasantly impressed. I was crazy about the use of the woodwinds on that record and I thought I wanted to write songs that could be arranged using them. So thanks to Ian Beabout, I met Dave Newhouse, a superfine musician. I sent him some tracks and after he recorded some arrangements on a couple of demos, I realized I had found a great musician, able to arrange to perfection, my ideas! I started thinking about the songs in a different way, trying to imagine them already with the woodwinds and so I started working with Dave at the end of spring 2017, after recording about 3 hours of demos. I then involved my friends and fantastic musicians, Peter Matuchniak and Jeff Mack, excellent guitarist and incredible bass player. And finally an Italian musician, drummer Maurizio Antonini from Rome, able to add perfect rhythms to my songs. In the album there are also some guests like Luca Zabbini leader of the Barock Project on Hammond, Ian Beabout on the Flute, Michael Zentner on the Violin and Nadav Yitzhak on the introduction of the album, playing the Oud.
The album is about revolution, about searching for oneself, about metaphysical travel, about memories, about love and suffering. It talks about life, of how we live this Era. It tries to push us in search of ourselves, finding the best of us after having passed from the worst of us.
It’s a journey into my life. It is passion. It is a desire for redemption. It is a dream and a reality.
I have put all of myself into this production and I hope it will touch your hearts.
You just have to add yourself to the Wandering Caravan!”
Peace, Love & Light
But wait… there’s more Marco is offering a Limited Edition Four Track (Digital Only) Bonus EP for FREE with the purchase of his new album.
The EP feature two alternate track and two previously unreleased tracks.
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