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Ofeliadorme @ BC Riley's // SXSW 3/14/2017. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
Ofeliadorme @ BC Riley’s // SXSW 3/14/2017. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

For every artist we decided to catch at SXSW, we decided to review each performance with our own version of “Five Ws and One H” answering the questions: 1) Who are they, 2) What kind of music do they play, 3) When did they play, 4) Where are they from, 5) Why did we decide to catch them play and 6), How was their performance.


WHO: Ofeliadorme, a trio of Francesca Bono (vocals & guitar), Tato Izzia (synths) and Michele Postpischl (drums).

WHAT: “Dream Beat” (per their Facebook page) which I’ll further define as alternative rock full from an amalgam of genres including trip-hop, electronica and downtempo.

WHEN: 3/14/2017 at BC Riley’s.

WHERE: Bologna, Italy.

WHY: When I was doing my research on possible bands I’d want to check out, stumbled upon Ofeliadorme’s recent video for “Alone With The Star”. It’s dark and brooding and gave me some Portishead vibes, which I dig very much.

HOW: As I watched Ofeliadorme perform at BD Riley’s, I kept thinking to myself, “Man, I wish I was seeing this in a different venue.” I loved the dark and brooding, almost gothic, soundscapes of Ofeliadorme’s music. Francesca has got this ethereal, almost mystic, quality to her when she performs, and I desperately wanted the venue to dim the lights and set up a fog machine- even at the expense of my photography- to amplify the mood of their performance. Could you imagine Portishead playing at the front of an Irish bar? Yeah … neither can I.

But despite the setting, Ofeliadorme was still able to mystify the audience with their music. Tato was able to stack layer upon layer of musical elements through his deft synth work, as Francesca cooed or belted haunting melodies above it all. Even in the midst of this Irish pub, patrons were treated to chilling atmospheres of noir that was both sophisticated yet accessible.

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