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New band from Brazil that plays in more of a 70's space-rock / progressive mode. The band features five members of which three of them are from one family. Instrumentation used is Bass, Guitar, Mellotron, Keyboards including piano, Tenor sax, Flutes & vocals. The female vocals of Marcia Kosinski have a husky jazz feel to them. Their music is very oriented by that period, no trace of neo Progressive here ! Excellent instrumental parts, lyrics in Portuguese.

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 Semente by SEMENTE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.58 | 24 ratings

Semente Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by apps79
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3 stars Brazilians Semente were found during the summer of 1976 in Rio De Janeiro by brothers Alexandre Kosinski (guitar, violin) and Pedro Kosinski (bass, keyboards, vocals) along with drummer Mario Carvalho and bassist/guitarist/keyboardist Sérgio Benchimol.With no money at all they reputedly rehearsed at the house of the Kosinski brothers in Barra da Tijuca, using a pedal and an amplifier as a bass and percussions, borrowed by Flamengo artists, to perform the drum parts.A few years later they had managed to obtain their own equipment and by 1979 they had recorded a few songs on tape.When Pedro Kosinski left the same year, he was replaced for a short time by Ricardo Bottecchia, but the band dissolved around 1980 due to professional commitments.About two decades later Benchimol gathered the old line-up to re-record their old material with the help of Pedro's wife Marcia on female vocals.The dream came true in 1999, when Semente relased a self-produced, self-titled CD, also available from the band's website as a free download.

Semente played a mystic, slightly folkish Psych Rock with progressive extensions, based on slow tempos and intense but a bit fragmented instrumental moments with some hypnotic vocals supporting the music.Their sound was a combination of light, jamming electric guitars and a tight, narcotic rhythm section, featuring some smooth PINK FLOYD/STEVE HILLAGE-like passages.Still there is a fair amount of calm keyboard parts in the album with the organ leading the way, then comes these local-sounding parts with the nice use of flute, but the most important addition comes when Benchimol picks up his sax, then the whole band becomes pretty energetic and the combo offers complex instrumental ideas in the vein of VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR.You can see why this band was inspired by these groups, their delivery, although noted for its good production, contains some strong 70's aesthetics, the use analog keyboards, the echoes of old Psychedelic Rock groups and the desire to build their material on a light spacey mood, all do have certain links with Rock Music's best era.The tracks are lengthy but so are some of the solo parts of Semente, leading to a bit overstretched instrumental themes with little diversity over the running time.The execution though is pretty satisfying, the Portuguese vocals are perfectly suitable to the style performed and the richer moments are definitely efficient.

In 2001 the band released the live album ''Ao vivo'' and at this point the story of Semente comes to an end with all members returning to their daytime jobs and daily routine.Sérgio Benchimol though has produced a number of solo albums with flexible influences, all linked to artistic and even Prog Rock music.

Slow-motion Brazilian Psych/Prog, filled with cool sax and flute parts and carerful keyboard orientations, characterized though by the omnipresent electric guitars and psychedelic bass/drum rhythms.Recommended.

 Semente by SEMENTE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.58 | 24 ratings

Semente Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by geezer

4 stars This is an excellent debut by this Brazilian band and one of the best albums that I have heard from South America in recent years . I guess the music should be described as symphonic progressive with some spacey elements. There's certainly some Pink Floyd influence in it but overall the music can be classified symphonic. They use a lot of flute and sax, which are delivered by Sergio Benchimol. The guitar sound is usually very clear but at times it's a bit distorted and the guitar is also the main reason for the occasional spacey feel. There are also some ethnic influences but they are rather minimal. What I really like is that the band manages to show some originality here as well. This is a band that is not easily comparable to any other groups I have heard. Worth to notice is that this is a self-produced album but that fact doesn't deteriorate it in any way.

There are female vocals in three songs by Marcia Kosinski and in two of the tracks there are male vocals. The female vocals are especially good. Overall, this is very nice music and with a bunch of different influences. I have no idea if this band is still active but hopefully there is still more to come. My favourite track is the opener "Semente" but all the tracks are excellent.

Conclusion: An impressive debut album from this original progressive outfit.

 Semente by SEMENTE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.58 | 24 ratings

Semente Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Prog-Brazil
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4 stars Very good and original brazillian prog-band!!! Their first and unique album is from 1976, but recorded in 1998. I found this piece in Florianópolis/Brazil (where I live) in an old book and CD store by 4 reais (a little more than 1 dollar)!!! What a luck!!! The first song is an instrumental beautiful work. It begins with Benchimol's flute, strong sounds and wonderful harmony. "Insanidade" (insanity) is sung by Márcia, talking about dream/reality human reflexions. "Ninfa Azul" (Blue Nymph) evidently refers to old myth with Benchimol's voice. More than 11 minutes of rock, blues, space rock. in a word: a real progressive rock! One more female vocal: "Novas Forças" (New forces), and the final one: "Mundo Guerreiro" (Warrior world): female and male vocals, debating in a background flute, saxophone and mellotron. Very recommended to symphonic prog-rocks fans! I'm waiting for a second album. Four stars. Five goes only to classics like Genesis, Yes and Elp. By the way, Benchimol has a solo career. If you have interest, there are three songs to free download on Enjoy!!!
Thanks to Ivan_Melgar_M for the artist addition.

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