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Senogul - Concierto de evocaci?n sonora CD (album) cover




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3 stars Images-evoking sounds by Senogul

As the name of this release suggests, we are presented with a variety of sounds to trigger our minds to imagine as we hear it and to go on a mental journey guided by Senogul's music. Do not choose to listen to this album because you liked the previous one. You'll find that not much resembles that one. Instead, listen to this if you're intrigued at the possibilities and the potential that Senogul has shown in their previous output and if you'd like to hear them in a different context; that is, in a creative and free-spirited setup.

As with their previous album, this release too is varied in style, though it's quite different its predecessor but in a good way. The album embarks on a world tour with the influences and sounds it incorporates into it: from African tribal rhythms and chants, to Indian music, to Spanish and South American flavoured melodies to abstract and free form avant-garde and electronic experimentation. The band employs a wide range of instruments and not only that but manages to conjure up and create a fascinating array of sounds and effects.

Their special ability to create convincing soundtrack-like aural vision can be heard in the second track, En permanente estado de vigilia, which travels through different states of mind: from calm to eerie and agitated, all very well presented with efficient use of percussion, piano and keyboards and a whole set of other instruments that create a horror movie-like scene. It sounds like a depiction of a nightmare and at the end the waking up. It is a splendid depiction of human distress in sounds.

With Mae Floresta vocals come in the picture to create a pleasant atmosphere, along with back up instruments all achieving a cool South-American (Brazilian) sounding theme. It then transforms into an abstract scene, where I imagine, due to the sound of water, a boat in the Amazon River, making its way peacefully among the exotic wildlife. Another section begins, as the previous fades out, when an electric guitar plays gently in a daydream-inducing manner, soon followed by gentle drumming and vocals singing wordlessly. It keeps on changing later on, but you get the picture. The transitions are done seamlessly. This track alone is a great example of the breadth of elements, fashions and approaches Senogul can take on in their music.

Swaranjali [Sangama Mantra] takes us to India next and alongside the section lead by the sitar and female vocals, they play a rock section that fits well with its more aggressive touch next to the trance-inducing sitar sound.

I could go on about the other pieces here, but I think the main point got across by now. What is left is for you to sample their music through their website and Myspace.

It is not often that one finds a group of musicians that is able to conjure up aural images so efficiently and to play in a wide range of styles and moods. Senogul is an ensemble of talented musicians that is a delight to listen to. I applaud them for the move with this album and for their willingness to release what is probably a hard to swallow release for most people. This requires, more than other albums, an active role of the listener and permanent attention to the music. Recommended for the listener looking for experimentation and eclecticism in music and soundscaping. I can't wait to hear what next they present us with.

avestin | 3/5 |


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