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3.73 | 13 ratings | 4 reviews | 15% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2016

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Silence Between Sounds & Nashira (10:46)
2. Atma (7:08)
3. Sirio (6:03)
4. Martes (6:46)
5. Plato's Cave (8:39)
6. Lost Days (4:38)
7. Canis Majoris (6:56)

Total time: 50:56

Line-up / Musicians

- Alex Massari / guitar
- Alessandro Cefali / bass
- Daniele Giovannoni / drums, keyboards, co-producer

- Sara Rinaldi / vocals (1,4,5,7)
- Hellena / vocals (2)
- Irene Morelli / soprano (3,4)
- Serena Ciacci / vocals (6)
- Fabio Tempesta / 2nd guitar (solo 2,3)
- Luca Uggias / piano (1,2)
- Emilio Merone / piano (1,4), keyboard solo (5)
- Lara Bagnati / flute (6,7)
- Maria Rodriguez Reina / cello (1,5)

Releases information

Artwork: Michele Di Tonno (photo)

CD self-released (2016, Italy)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
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Review by FragileKings
4 stars This year of 2016 was the first year that I was finally in a position of personal preference to buy more than just a few new releases, and thanks to my inclusion in the membership of a Facebook page called Progressive Rock Fanatics, I was also exposed to many new bands, obscure bands, and established bands with new releases. It was that page that connected me with Karmamoi, an Italian band of three members who chose four different female vocalists for their latest and third album, "Silence Between Sounds". I watched a promotion video and at first thought they sounded good but with the heavy rock guitar and odd time signature, they didn't sound different from much of what I had heard already. Then the vocals came in and I was drawn into the song. The singer sounded like Che Aimee Dorval of Casualties of Cool, a band project with Devin Townsend. I love Che's voice on the CoC album and here was a woman who could sing in that dusky, jazz lounge style. The next thing, I was backing the band's new album on PledgeMusic.

Sadly, Karmamoi were not able to reach their goal; however, they went ahead with releasing their album at the end of October and through some message exchanges with drummer/keyboardist/music and song writer, Danielle Giovannoni, I was able to order the album directly from the band instead of through Amazon as I usually do.

Karmamoi and "Silence Between Sounds" really surprised me. I had them pegged as a heavy, neo-prog type outfit but this album delivers so much more. Each of the seven tracks moves, twists, turns, stops and changes gear and direction, and never becomes formulated or predictable. A gentle, atmospheric start can abruptly change to a crunching, heavy battery, drop suddenly into the atmosphere with something light and mind-soothing, sprinkle pretty notes all around, and then move on into another territory. Each piece is like a journey and you can never be sure where you are going to go and where you will end up. But one thing for sure is that the music feels like it was written from the mind and the heart and no label or formula was considered in the process. This is music for creativity and expression's sakes!

It took me a while to conjure up any comparisons to other bands though I felt that the musical styles were still familiar enough. I think older Porcupine Tree comes to mind often, and because of the combination of heavy and atmospheric and sometimes acoustic with female vocals, I also think of White willow, too. In a couple of spots I was also reminded of non-heavy Devin Townsend. Danielle told me that Pineapple Thief, Steven Wilson, OSI, and many prog classics are influences and as well artists like Sting, Toto, and Massive Attack are favourites. What makes this album so interesting is how all these influences are blended to various degrees into the resulting music, creating an album that is both unique and familiar.

As I mentioned above, it was the vocals that sold me on giving my time and attention (and ultimately my money) to this album. We have four female vocalists, each with her own contribution to the songs. Sara Rinaldi is the one whom I heard in the promotional video and she sings on "Nashira", Martes", Plato's Cave", and "Canis Majoris". Sometimes she has an American, down south, almost staccato enunciation that reminds me just a bit of Janis Joplin in quieter moments but more so like someone who might have had a hit album in the nineties. Hellena sings on "Atma" in low and soothing tones and also in higher tones in harmony with herself. Serena Ciacci takes the mic for "Lost Days", which reminds me of a Sarah McLachlan style of a song. Finally, Irene Morelli sings soprano on "Sirio" and "Martes". Each of the four women contributed with their own feelings and experiences, says Danielle, allowing the band to concentrate on the music and let the singers interpret their roles much like an actor.

An album where each song is crafted independently but by the sum of the songs, a greater whole is achieved, this album is a wonderful addition to my 2016 collection!

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Italian band KARMAMOI was formed back in 2008 in Italy, at the onset a 5 man strong ensemble but these days reduced to a core of two permanent members. "Silence Between Sounds" is the third studio production by the band, featuring the then three permanent members of the band and quite a few additional musicians that was required. The album was self-released by the band in 2016.

Karmamoi's third studio album is a truly well made album. A creation difficult to pinpoint in terms of any subcategories, with well made songs, excellent musicians throughout and a high quality mix and production as the icing on the cake. Those who tend to favor bands such as Porcupine Tree should have a field day with this one, especially if they don't mind encountering a band that use a slightly more expanded set of elements to create music in a similar vein as that highly influential and renowned band.

Review by kev rowland
3 stars This is the third album from Italian-UK band Karamoi, and after suffering some line-up changes the remaining trio of Daniele Giovannoni (drums, recording engineer and producer), Alessandro Cefalý (bass guitar) and Alex Massari (guitar) decided not to bring in new permanent members of the band, but instead have relied on session musicians and for vocals feature guest singers Sara Rinaldi, Irene Morelli, Hellena and former band singer Serena Ciacci. Heavily influenced by Porcupine Tree in particular, I found the use of multiple singers not working as well as it could have, just because they are all so different. Sara Rinaldi is definitely reminiscent of Amy Winehouse, and that just doesn't work with the style of music the band are playing. Comparing her efforts (and needless to say she is the main singer) with Hellena's sultry tones on the dreamy and atmospheric "Atma" shows just how special this album could have been, whereas in reality it has become a very hit and miss affair.

While not dismissing it out of hand, there is much more in the progressive scene that I would rather be listening to.

Latest members reviews

4 stars KARMAMOI- "Karma happening right now", or so it was explained to me. This Italian band formed in 2009, members eager to explore progressive rock music in ways meaningful to them. On "Silence Between Sounds"- an evocative title that suggests a sort of meditation, a search for meaning- KARMAMOI ... (read more)

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