Here’s a pair of reviews for the Herion album Out and About.
“Pairing classical instruments with field recordings and laptops is nothing new, but the Italian trio Herion coaxes whole restful expanses from the combination on this album, aided also by the violist Piergabriele Mancuso. The understated playing and even more ghostly textures take the form of everything from a soft and distant swell to a looming shadow to a natural, wind-like drift. It’s somewhere between classical and ambient, but with a experimental edge that isn’t commonly heard in either genre.
Although the more substantial viola tends to slice through the rich openness, the musicians’ approach is always changing. That makes it hard to pin these songs down, but that’s an urge you should resist anyway: as with the best ambient music, it’s best to simply sit back and experience what’s happening. There’s a lovely shivering quality to ‘Lindos’ and the more enveloping ‘The Earth’, while ‘Cab’employs a melodica far more sweetly than usual. The low-hung synth of ‘One Minute After the Sunset’ evokes the song’s title image well, ‘Moske Orgulje’ hits upon some almost subliminal repetition, and the shorter ‘The Hanging Glacier’twitches with halted breath, bells, and other random sounds. And true to its name, ‘Solo’ seems to feature just an isolated piano.
All of these subtle shades are forecast in the eight-minute opener ‘Oxg’, a sort of defining statement for the album. There’s a lot to love here, and meticulous new details emerge all the time.”
–Review by Doug Wallen, Celtic Defrost
Even if you do not know them personally, apart from being guardians of their dell’irruenza soft soul, would understand by now with whom I deal. Within minutes of listening and true feeling of the universe opens up right to the heart center. Emanuele Errante, Enrico Coniglio, Elisa Marzorati and Piergabriele Mancuso: Herion. Four artists with different backgrounds, four musicians involved in the difficult task of passing almost forgotten that feeling called emotion. If anyone expects derived purely ambient sound-mail is better to stop the door leaving the door ajar in here because we celebrate the ancient rite of classical music and dance that is immersed in the new trials and does so through the use of piano, viola, harmonica, guitar and keyboards, all instruments that combined the use of machinery and field recordings to be attributable to this release as one of the most modern production / classic never heard lately. A work that is justified and detonates all its force precisely through the contrast of the descriptive parts: one part Errante and Rabbit, manipulators of sound embedded into a laptop and the other Marzorati and Mancuso with their haunting instruments of romantic splendor. I am sure that that output is now fully opened to let this slide … “immobile excited sound in a single drop of imagination, while the delicate flow of things quivers, reflected in silence.”
(rated 9 out of 10)
–Review by Mirco Salvadori, Rockarilla #367