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Violeta De Outono


Psychedelic/Space Rock

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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars Do you believe in love at first sight ? How about love at first listen ? The first time I heard this record I stopped what I was doing and listened, not believing what I was hearing. The music is melodic, catchy and filled with Hammond organ. The vocals are in both Portuguese and English and remind me of the vocals on the early PINK FLOYD albums from "Saucerful Of Secrets" to "Dark Side Of The Moon". Actually their sound is very similar to early PINK FLOYD which isn't too surprising considering they have played their own versions of Syd Barrett era PINK FLOYD songs and Syd Barrett solo songs since 1984 when they first became a band. I need to thank Greg Walker which I have done by phone already for recommending this album so highly, even putting their Myspace link on his site. I know I get carried away with adjectives when I really like the music i'm reviewing and at times like with the NOSOUND's "Sol29" I have no words that adequatly express how I feel. And that's the thing, it's the emotions that this music causes me to feel that really can't be properly expressed by words. I'm going to try though. This will be in my top ten of 2007 and probably number one. I chose this record for my 900th review.

"Alem Do Sol" opens with gentle piano as the beautiful organ joins in. Pretty soon the whole band has jumped on board including the Portuguese vocals. The vocals eventually stop, giving way to an almost mournful Hammond organ solo. When it stops the guitar steps up for a solo of it's own as piano joins in. Organ is back as the guitar is just ripping it up ! There are no words at this point. It's all so warm and beautiful. "Caravana" opens with gentle vocals,cymbals and organ all played slowly. The vocals become processed briefly bringing PORCUPINE TREE to mind. The song kicks in before 2 minutes as drums and organ lead the way. Amazing ! The guitar a minute later is amazing. There is a melancholic vibe to the guitar, it's great ! "Broken Legs" is an uptempo feel good song. Feel good is a bit of an understatement. English vocals in this one. I can't stop smiling when this song is playing. Great bass and organ as well. "Eyes Like Butterflies" has a "Meddle"-like flavour to it. Especially the vocals. You should hear them. There are some spacey moments on this track as well as English vocals. Check out the organ and piano melodies ! The organ 3 1/2 minutes in is a highlight. A tasteful guitar solo before 5 minutes as the organ plays on.

"Em Cada Instante" opens with piano as drums then a spacey vibe sets in. Vocals in Portuguese. Honestly this music here is breaking me. I can't explain. The song kicks in at the 3 minute mark as organ, guitar, drums and throbbing bass create magic. Yes ! These first five songs are all perfect in my estimation. Trying to pick a favourie would be impossible at this point. "Pequenos Seres Errantes" is the only track in the liner notes that has a description before the lyrics. "Under universal influence of INVISIBLE OPERA COMPANY OF TIBET...thanks Daevid". This means so much to me since one of my all time Psychedelic albums is by that band which includes the guitarist(Fabio) here from VIOLETA DE OUTONO and I received that album directly from Fabio ! This song opens with a very spacey 2 minute intro before we get a ryhthm of bass, cymbals then drums. Portuguese vocals before 5 minutes in this very psychedelic song. The synths are quite prominant to close out the song. "Ponto De Transicao" is PINK FLOYD-like during the verses. The chorus has more of a beat with piano. Guitar and bass come into the soundscape and are excellent. Such a dreamy, relaxed tune. "Fronteira" has some Jazz elements early with the organ and bass standing out. The spacey sounds arrive as it slows down. Vocals are sung slowly in Portuguese. Some heaviness 3 1/2 minutes in. Nice soothing guitar solo follows. A spacey calm settles in 5 1/2 minutes until a full sound comes back 7 minutes in.

Please seek this one out. This isn't just for Psychedelic fans or PINK FLOYD fans. This is for fans of uplifting melodic music.

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |


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