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Plurima Mundi


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.42 | 9 ratings

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4 stars Four stars for four elements!

This is an EP full of memorable melodies, intricate songwriting, and excellent musicianship. And above all, the feeling I have after listening to the four songs (roughly based on the four elements, earth, wind, fire, and air, respectively) is that all of the essential elements are there (pun intended, sorry) for incredible growth in their future releases. This album, though short, is outstanding and well worth seeking.

The band is fronted by virtuosic violinist Massimiliano Monopoli, and the violin is definitely the lead instrument in every song. The keyboards are handled by Francesco Pagliarulo, whose choice of timbre is usually electric or acoustic piano, and the effect is usually one of coloring and atmosphere. Guitarist Vincenzo Zecca plays a similar role, often taking lead but usually contributing to texture. The rhythm section is excellent, with Massimo Bozza on bass and Pierfrancesco Caramia on drums. The beautiful voice of Grazia Maremonti pulls everything together and provides many magical moments, especially when serving as a foil for the violin. I should note that Lino Vairetti from OSANNA guests on the last song, "Aria," trading vocals with Grazia in a fabulous interchange of ideas and contrasting tones and styles.

My favorite track is the longest, the almost eleven minute "Laborotorio 30." On this track you will find the essence of what I think PLURIMA MUNDI is trying to do. There is an excellent juxtaposition of styles, including classical, jazz, folk, funk, and straight symphonic prog, with interesting rhythmic ideas and melodies. The song begins with furious, angular themes being doubled by violin and keyboards, then by the guitar, always with the bass and drums providing propulsive texture. This segues into beautiful soaring melodies, highlighting the violin and then Grazia's beautiful voice. Back and forth goes the transition, creating an overall wonderful pastiche of sound and emotion.

I'm very enthusiastic about this band! This album is excellent and offers a taste of what we can expect in the future. 4.5 stars, rounded down for now, because I look forward to some growth coming over the horizon.

Todd | 4/5 |


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