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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.83 | 14 ratings

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4 stars Aerial, mercurial jamming

CosaRara have been around for about a decade but are now releasing their full-length debut. The band hails from the northern Italian towns of Nizza Monferrato and Asti. The album is entirely instrumental with some occasional sound samples. I initially thought of many of the somewhere obscure Italian bands who played all or mostly instrumental rock, names like Mary Newsletter, Colster, Stereokimono, Akt, Tilion, Lethean, and Sunscape. Bits and pieces of these albums came flooding back to me as I listened to CosaRara.

Five long (and one short) tracks take you on a musical journey, a trip not garishly psychedelic but instrumental rock with plenty of mood and color throughout, perhaps residual psych. The partnership of guitar and keyboards are the main drivers, the guitar playing can veer toward the Porc Tree heavy edge at times but is just as often light and contemplative, with soft ringing chord patterns in melancholic moods. The keys come up with many interesting sounds and I really loved the playing style, so complimentary and often as much the backbone as the guitar. There are some splendid interludes here and there which feature solo keys or a bit of flute, beautiful moments that provide breathing space between the heavier sections. The songs are evocative and thankfully uplifting. The modern world is such a drag that I don't need music to reinforce that--but music that feels hopeful, at least to some extent, is much appreciated in these times.

With each listen I found myself drifting a bit more into the sound, hearing things I missed on the previous play, enjoying especially the way this band truly plays off of each other. It is an integrated and symbiotic sound, and quite universal and timeless. A very good beginning for CosaRara and I'll be hoping for more!

Finnforest | 4/5 |


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