Walking Proof Review

Posted 10 years ago by myetvmedia

Director Matthew Dorman’s documentary Walking Proof premiere at the Reel Indie Film Festival (RIFF) in Toronto. It follows the 17-days at the studio in production of Marcio Novelli’s It’s Not An Excuse, It’s A Reason, the follow up to his 2009 debut Break Me. We go back to November 17, 2011 (the night before tracking) and follow the process through 17 days of studio recording and mixing for the record.

The independent Canadian (Hamilton Ontario) singer songwriter enters the studio with producer Jim Wirt (Incubus, Fiona Apple) and engineer Nick Blagona (Deep Purple, The Police) without the support of a label. Matthew Dorman does a great job of sharing the emotional roller coaster Marcio went through with all the highs and lows and twists and turns that helped to shape the album into what it became (over 8 million plays). I would rather listen to the music than struggle through this documentary that loses the passion in going behind the scenes. As for the Album itself Marcio Novelli proves that great music isn’t written with the intention to impress the masses, but is written from personal anecdotes. The entire album has an upbeat sound and an air of positivity; a close listen to any of the lyrics will reveal that much of Novelli’s inspiration comes from his struggles. Take “Doctor, Please,” a song about anxiety, Novelli sings “I fear I’m falling and don’t trust myself.” Lyrics of this nature intertwined throughout the album in songs like one of the album highlight “S.A.D.” with lines like “I always feel withdrawn” “ I am falling under” but those lyrics are easy to be missed when disguised by the hopeful tone of Novelli’s voice and fast-paced guitar. There is no denying that any fan of pop rock can easily find something both comforting and exciting throughout It’s Not An Excuse, It’s A Reason.

Christophe Chanel

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