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STOP MOMENTUM

Cobalt Blue

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.69 | 13 ratings

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memowakeman
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4 stars Very cool psych from Brazil!

I'd like to thank Felipe Canan for contacting me and inviting to discover Cobalt Blue's realm, which in this 2017 has expanded with the release of "Stop Momentum", their first full-length record after their 2012 EP. This new album comprises a very interesting blend of genres in which we will have a nice journey through rock, jazz and mostly, psychedelic music. It features 9 songs and a total time of 43 minutes.

It opens with "At Due Gesture" whose first two minutes are soft but later it turns more interesting with a wonderful use of keyboards, a remarkable bass, great drums and of course those wonderful guitars. Lyrics are in English, so it is easier to the world to understand what the singer says. This song is actually the longest of the album, an ambitious track divided in parts that shows changing passages and moods. It has an enigmatic space passage that can be both relaxing but tense. It suddenly fades out and seconds later, drums appear so we are already listening to "Bereaved" whose sound might take us to some old stoner times. The track is great, very well composed and with all the instruments adding their grain of sand at the perfect time. I loooove the bass lines here, in fact, I think I totally love this track. Wonderful stoner/psych/space track!

"Cataclysm" is another great track, but this one has the amazing addition of a brass section. I don't tend to compare, but just for reference, the sound of the voice and of this song in general reminds me a bit of Thank You Scientist. The singer is great; he can reach high notes and produce some loony tunes. Yet another wonderful song! The shortest one is "Drops N'Doors", a two-minute track with only vocals that leads to "Catalyst", which is a heavy pscych rock tune that will make you move your head and feel its power. After 3 minutes the addition of a lunatic saxophone makes it even better, putting on it a jazzy feeling but preserving that psych essence. Top notch!

"All We Have Are Oscillations" is another short track with an enigmatic sound made by repetitive guitars. After a minute those guitars changes and produce nervous sounds that create a dark background. Then "Dweller of the Sevenfold" appears and (if there was any doubt) confirms this album is not just another of the bunch, it is a wonderful one. This sole song could take us to a huge trip with a feast of jazz and psychedelic rock of the 21st Century at its best!

"Circadian Clock" is a softer composition but it still has that heavy psych vibe somehow and also shows a nervous guitar sound that will keep you interested and satisfied. The album finishes with "Luciferase" in which bass and drums create a wonderful base that is greatly complemented by the voice and guitars. It is a very cool way to finish a wonderful album.

Congrats to the band and thank you once again for introducingme to your music. This is a very solid album and deserves at least 4 stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |

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