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Karmamoi

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3.36 | 9 ratings | 3 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Oxygen 1 (Interlude )
2. If
3. Labyrinth
4. If I Think of the Sea
5. Oxygen 2 (Interlude)
6. Samvega
7. Yours
8. Odd Trip
9. Oxygen 3 (Interlude)
10. 5+
11. Lost Days
12. Aria

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Line-up / Musicians

- Daniele Giovaanoni / drums
- Serena Ciacci / vocals
- Alessandro Cefali / bass
- Fabio Tempesta / guitars
- Alex Massari / guitar

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Released (digital) by Crisalide music

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KARMAMOI Odd Trip ratings distribution


3.36
(9 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
22%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(22%)
22%
Good, but non-essential (44%)
44%
Collectors/fans only (11%)
11%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
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Review by kev rowland
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Team
3 stars Karmamoi came into being in 2008, when Daniele Giovannoni and Serena Ciacci decided that they needed a musical project that could express their personalities and their concept of music. They actually have a stated musical view of what they are to achieve, and that the band is "Where artistic endeavour, melody, electronic elements and rock distortions could cohabit and find a stable equilibrium, in an immediately recognizable sound compounded of passion and aggression." So there. These five Italians have just been accepted into the 'Heavy' subgenre on www.progarchives.com, but they could easily have found their way into crossover as there is a whole mix of styles going on here, and at times it sounds almost as if a different band has recorded each song.

They can move from hard rock with progressive elements to something much more Floydian at the drop of a hat, and then can move into areas more reflective of Tool. But, there is always a sense of real purpose, that they know where they are, where they want to be, and are more than happy to take a non-direct route to get there. It is an interesting and intriguing piece of work that captures the listener and brings them into their world. Thoughtful and delicate, constructed and imaginative, it is hard to believe that this is only their second album as this is a very mature piece of work indeed.

They have made their single 'Labyrinth' available free of charge through Bandcamp, and the album itself is available for only 4 GBP so why not give them a try? They also have a website (in English) at www.karmamoi.it.

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Posted Sunday, September 15, 2013

Review by Second Life Syndrome
COLLABORATOR Post/Math Rock and Crossover Teams
4 stars Karmamoi are proving to a difficult band to review. These Italians have a style somewhere between the psychedelia of Pink Floyd and the distortion power of Rush. Of course, they mix all sorts of styles into one cohesive stew, including a heavy dose of electronic experimentation. It's pretty impressive in an odd sort of way.

Speaking of odd, their latest album is called "Odd Trip", and I completely agree with this title. It's all over the place, and that's okay. With funky interludes and a great mix of surreal ballads and hard-edged, guitar-driven progressive pieces. The musicianship is wonderful across the board, though I think the vocals from Serena Ciacci may be what stand out the most. She has a beautiful tone and she likes to experiment with some interesting off-key vocal exercises that she adds here and there like a sprinkling of personality. With great range, she pulls her performance off effortlessly.

The band behind Serena are great at what they do. The guitarists especially know how to drive songs in spiraling riffs that are a great contrast from Serena's voice, but they also provide plenty of delicate fingerwork and beautiful tonal changes. The rhythm section is also really busy, especially the bass guitar. This album is saturated in a dynamic bassy goodness that often steals the show.

There are quite a bit of stand out tracks on this album, including the eerily ethereal "If I Think of the Sea", the driving "Yours", and the sweeping title track. Honestly, the whole album is quite good from start to finish. It's certainly an odd trip, and one can sense the artistic passions the band has.

So, if you like a bit of technical work, plenty of melodic eccentricity, and a band devoted to their sound, give Karmamoi's "Odd Trip" a try. It's definitely a grower, but after the third or fourth listen I started to get it. It's pretty subtle at times, and in your face in others, but there's a masterful mix to it all that I didn't expect. Give these guys a try.

3.5 stars

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Posted Friday, March 28, 2014

Review by J-Man
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3 stars Although the modern Italian prog scene is largely populated by bands inspired by the country's symphonic forerunners from the seventies', it is also home to a number of unique groups that don't worship at the altar of Premiata Forneria Marconi and Le Orme. Karmamoi is one such band, and their spacey, eclectic, and occasionally heavy take on the genre makes for one of Italy's more original exports in recent years. The band's sophomore outing, 2013's Odd Trip, features some truly fresh ideas and impressive musicianship, and while not flawless, it's a strong outing from start to finish.

Stylistically, Odd Trip often sounds somewhere between accessible Floydian space rock and riff-based hard rock. Karmamoi incorporates a wide array of sounds into their music, and this can be heard on the funky-sounding "Yours" and the surreally atmospheric "If I Think of the Sea" (both of which stand tall as highlights). Generally speaking, I feel that Karmamoi are their most successful when they play softer and more atmospheric-sounding songs; though the execution is flawless across the board, the rock-oriented tracks rarely make my blood boil as much as "Lost Days" or the aforementioned "If I Think of the Sea".

Odd Trip's songwriting may not always excite me, but the strong musicianship and obvious desire to innovate still make for a recommendable album from Karmamoi. Fans of Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, and Riverside shouldn't have trouble liking this!

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