A Menu of Today’s Italian Prog 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Forget what you’ve been told about prog rock. The British bands that dominate its legacy tell only a sliver of the story; in the ‘70s salad days, nobody did prog like the Italians. Internationally known RPI (Rock Progressivo Italiano) bands like Banco, Le Orme, and PFM stirred a distinctly Italian seasoning into the music, mixing homegrown influences with classical, jazz, and rock. Today, a new crew is taking up the mantle and pushing Italy’s prog scene forward.

Classic-style Italian prog is bigger than life, pumped full of passion and joie de vivre (or in this case, gioia de vivere). Whether it has to do with their operatic tradition or if there’s just something about the Mediterranean spirit, the Italians have always worn prog rock’s outsized garments like they were tailored with old-world exactitude.