Polvere Magica (Magic Dust) is the title of Nicolò Sergio’s first album, published in 2020 by the Madamadorè Record Label. The CD contains 9 original tracks which are written, composed and interpreted by Nicolò Sergio and arranged by Marco Natali. It is an extremely various and colorful concept album both from a stylistic point of view and for the topics which it covers.
If the starting point of the album lies in the importance given to the content of the lyrics, typical of the songwriting world, the stylistic choices and the sounds are many: it moves from the ironic theatricality of the Song-Theatre genre, to the vitality of pop music, to the sparkling energy of folk music, with echoes of funky and (why not?) Romagna ballroom dance, which makes some of the pieces absolutely danceable. Why are we talking about a concept album? If you listen to the tracks in sequence, you can guess the narrative thread that connects them to each other. The album itself is the story of a journey of growth in which the listener, if he wishes, can join in and participate personally in its progressive stages.
This journey is a space for reflection where the depth of the poetry intertwines and interchanges with the desecrating power of irony. On one hand poetry helps us to get in touch with the most authentic parts of ourselves, on the other hand irony favors detachment from the burden that weighs us down and makes us prisoners of a system that distances us from ourselves. Sailing between these two apparently contrasting shores, we land on a new balance, a balance that heals.
The value of the project was enriched by the collaboration with the painter Lino Antonio Marra, who made available his painting The magic castle, characterized in the central part by a staircase that symbolically describes the progressive stages of this growth path towards a new awareness.
The first stage of this journey is the ironic description of the status quo, a life that repeats itself always the same and does not give us time to think or dream (Non c’è tempo/There is no time). We then begin to realize that we need help to get out of the trap of our own patterns, to heal form our “social disease” and from the “overthinking” which are nothing more than the response of our mind to the system we live in (Dottore/Doctor).
To find a solution, it is necessary to go through various experiences: the soul-searching which guides us to connect with our inner shadows and to contact the most authentic part of us (Il tuosegreto/Your secret), a journey to rediscover the sense of adventure (E che mi dici di quando/And what about when), the audacity to get out of the strictness of social schemes and conventions (Buon vino/Good wine), the confrontation with the unanswered questionsthat love forces us to face (Risposta non c’era/There was no answer), and the courage to make fun of our usual tendency to wallow in pain (Ci sei o ci fai?/Are you stupid or just letting on?).
The lightness thus obtained allows us to soar in flight, to dream, to look at our existence from above and mainly to find again the magic of life (PolvereMagica/Magic Dust). From this new prospective it is possible to question what is normally taken for granted, to rediscover our nature as changing beings and to radically transform our own life, finally getting to a new ethical awareness (Di morire non sonocapace/I’m not capable to die).