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Studio Album, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Be Yourself (12:03)
2. Secret Triangle (6:19)
3. Action (4:31)
4. Granada (2:43)
5. Moments Before Tea (6:18)
6. Kaleidoscope Visions (including: Infinite Intuition) (7:17)
7. Reaction (2:21)
8. Sunset (3:57)
9. Cosmic Sector (9:54)
10. Songs Os The Soul (7:07)
11. Cerebrum (including: Sailors Floating In The Storm) (11:04)

Total time 73:34

Line-up / Musicians

- Francesc Furmi / sax, flute, Stick
- Marc Prat / bass, vocals
- Ángel Abad / drums, percussion
- Tete Pérez / guitar, theremin, effects, vocals

Additional musicians:
- Iván Jorda / vocals
- Raúl Saldaña / sarangi (1, 4, 10), backing vocals
- Heidi Che / koto (1, 10)
- Jamae Cata / tabla & percussion (1, 4, 10)
- Pedro Comago / piano (2, 3, 7, 8)
- Xavi Loses / Rhodes piano, synthesizer (5-10)

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Independently released

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Review by Cesar Inca
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Soma.Planet is one of the most prominent experimental rock bands to rise from the European continent in the new millennium. This Catalonian ensemble creates a solid, modernized approach to the heritages of old-fashioned space-rock, early Canterbury, heavy prog and standardized psychedelia. The album kicks off with the 12 minute long 'Be Yourself', a track fed with an extensive use of spacey atmospheres, not precisely relaxing, but bearing a constrained tension that is pertinently conveyed by the soaring instruments. The minutes go by and the bubble of tension never seems to burst, that is until the drum kit sets a languid pace for the track's development into a post-rocked ambience: the use of Far East ornaments is quite effective. 'Secret Triangle' feels like a Canterbury-style ballad retaken by a 70s psychedelic band: equally dense and eerie, this song states a disturbing flair. The last minute is devoted to an uptempo 7/8 coda, pre-Hillage Gong style. 'Action' is jazzy in the way that Colosseum and early KC jams were in the very late 60s; guest pianist Pedro Comago is vital for the track's development. 'Granada' finds the band leaning close to fusion, a job nicely done. 'Moments Before Tea' sates a pleasant jazz-rock dynamics, properly by another guest on electric piano. 'Kaleidoscope Visions' sounds like a mixture of rough post-rock and early VdGG, with some undertones that could easily remind us of alternative rock's standards. The jazz-rock scheme elaborated in 'Reaction' gets an additional spacey treatment; the Sigur Ros-related melancholy of 'Sunset' receives an added sophistication through the underlying acoustic guitar arpeggios and bolero-like drumming. Both tracks are short yet they display enough room for a pertinent development of the respective ideas - this band has an undeniable ability to manage colorful or grayish moods within not too extended confines. 'Cosmic Sector' sounds like a halfway construction between 'Secret Triangle' and 'Kaleidoscope Visions', albeit with a more muscular set of arrangements. This band is really in love with the use of ¾ in downtempo songs. 'Songs of the Soul' is a lovely exploration of fusion-infected space-rock: its Arabic nuances and fluid dynamics make it sound, to a degree, like an old Hillage album's leftover mixed with a lost Embryo jam during the "Rocksession"-era. The album's last 11 minutes are occupied by 'Cerebrum', a proficient exhibition of prog-jazz that recaptures the musical dimensions of Gong, Soft Machine, VdGG and Boz-era King Crimson. The transitions between the various motifs and tempos are perfectly fluid; when a specific section is on teh run, the band knows how to take full advantage of it like a vibrating, well-oiled machinery. This splendid excursion serves as a bright climax that closes down the album with flying colors. well, given the circumstances in which a band as dense as this can provide a certain vividness of color to the music that they write and arrange. Albums like "Soma.Planet" are dreams come true for those avid lovers of old psychedelic progressive rock who just can't let go. This and more is what Soma.Planet offers to the prog-friendly contemporary years, with a pertinently modern attitude.
Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars A Catalan band from Mataro, Soma Planet were formed in mid-90'd by painter/singer Ivan Jorda and guitarist/singer Tete Pérez.By the end of the 90's bassist Marc Prat and drummer Angel Abad join the band.Two years later Jorda quits and keyboardist Marc Trullas along with sax/flute player Francesc Furmi replace him.Only Furmi would make it in the long run and the band released indepedently the self-titled debut in 2003.The album features several guests on keyboards and traditional instruments as well as Ivan Jorda on vocals.

A quite intricate and eclectic effort,''Soma Planet'' swirl from Jazz-Rock and Fusion to complex prog and from Ethnic/Folk-Rock to Psychedelic Rock in a blink of an eye.It is an album full of different soundscapes, consisting from fully structured material to improvisational parts and from passages with almost theatrical vocals to long instrumental dissonances.To compare their sound as a mix of modern KING CRIMSON, WEATHER REPORT, MYTHOS and EMBRYO would not be very far from truth.The guitar work is very interesting with definite ROBERT FRIPP vibes and the bass lines are great as well.But it is the varied instrumentation and the changing intensity, which give the band this extra color.Obscure ethnic soundscapes full of flutes and saxes, jazzy parts again with sax but also piano on the forefront, modern psychedelic flourishes with fine guitars and a good amount of breaks and interplays offer series of interesting moments.Add to all these the nice keyboard work by the guests.Electric piano, synthesizers and some electronics making the band sound contemporary and even richer.The vocal parts are satisfying as well with a dramatic expressive touch, all sung in English.

Modern Psych meets folsky Jazz-Rock meets KING CRIMSONIAN Prog in this obscure listening.Most of the moments are more than just interesting and only some stretched abstract instrumentals spoil the listening a bit.An album definitely worth of investigation.

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