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PSALM 6

Roz Vitalis

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.39 | 20 ratings

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memowakeman
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3 stars Nice EP!

I am not an expert or in-depth-connoisseur of Roz Vitalis' music, but what I like about their sound is that it is in constant change, so you can go from experimental, avant-gard-ish tunes to symphonic moments in a blink, but always with a high quality. This time, in 2016 they released this 33-minute EP entitled "Psalm 6", divided yes, in 6 tracks that create countless atmospheres.

It opens with the title track "Psalm 6", it is actually the longest track here, first a blast of guitars and heavy sounds is spread, but later wonderfully contrasted (or complemented) by the brass section, which makes it a bit weird but awesome. After two minutes, the music vanishes and then a new structure is created; organ, bass and trumpets put a kind of funeral like sound that at the same time takes me to Balkan lands. But later there rare a lot of contrasts, some folkish tender passages made by flute and acoustic guitar. "Trattamento 1" is, on the other hand, the shortest track here. An electronic track with a calm atmosphere that will make you take a deep breath and feel relaxed.

This ambient-like sound continues with "The prophet". First it is relaxed but then somber atmospheres are created to cease the calm, a bit of tension and uncertainty are shared here, using also trumpet as a cool element. A cool example of a Roz Vitalis' experimental track. "Denial of Access" is a strange sound, first it seems to be a gentle track with friendly sounds made by piano and trumpet, and even an accordion, I think, but later some strange sounds (I assume made by keyboards as well) put some tension to the music, picturing some old horror-movies in my mind.

"Passing Over" is a longer track with classical piano and acoustic guitar creating nice atmospheres, later bass, keys and drums enter and a completely new structure is being built, but wait a minute, piano and acoustic guitar return to their original form, but now counting with the help of a wonderful flute. Some minutes lthere is a Goblin-like passage which happens to be one of my favorite moments of the album. Nice track! The last song is "Trattamento 2" which has once again classical piano notes and a soft sound; later some nice keys appear and produce new nuances, but in the end, the sound is very alike the whole track. I have to be honest; I would have loved more trumpets on the album, but in the end, it is a pretty nice and not ordinary release that I am happy to have discovered.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |

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