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Hailing from Florianópolis, Brazil, COBALT BLUE started as a progressive rock trio consisting of Julio H. Miotto (guitars, bass, keys, vocals), drummer Felipe Canan and Guilherme P. Colossi (guitars, bass). Their debut EP 'Still A Natural Condition' appeared as one epic in 2012, mirroring an unique blend of psychedelic and art rock.

Reduced to a creative duo as the core, Miotto and Canan went on to develop new compositions over the course. April 2017 now saw the release of the full-fledged debut album 'Stop Momentum', an ambitious elaboration, where you can hear influences strongly linked to Pink Floyd, King Crimson and The Mars Volta. When playing live the bands line up will be enhanced due to Fábio Ghizoni (bass), Felipe Maciel Martínez (percussion) and Felipe O. Gall (guitar).

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3.61 | 11 ratings
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Still A Natural Condition


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 Stop Momentum by COBALT BLUE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.61 | 11 ratings

Stop Momentum
Cobalt Blue Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars COBALT BLUE are basically a duo out of Brazil who are very much influenced by PINK FLOYD, KING CRIMSON and THE MARS VOLTA. I feel like I didn't do my homework with this album as the psychedelia content is sparse on here but the heavy insanity like THE MARS VOLTA is here in spades. Not many bands could do what THE MARS VOLTA do and make it work in my opinion including these guys. We get up to 10 guests adding trumpets, saxes, bass, guitar, Hammond, percussion and backing vocals. The biggest turn-off for me are the vocals that sound like they are from the 90's the way he shouts the lyrics, not singing but speaking or shouting. Man this made me want to put this aside until much later down the road but I decided to persevere.

The best song by far is the "At Due Gesture" where we get none of the vocal style I just described in this almost 9 minute opener. Keys to start but soon drums and a fuller sound arrive. Nice bass here and it's actually kind of jazzy as brief male vocals join in around 1 1/2 minutes. The organ and guitar will both come and go then the vocals return before 3 minutes. The sound is building until after 4 minutes but then it turns experimental. Soon we're hearing spoken male and female voices followed by atmosphere and guitar expressions. More vocals at 7 1/2 minutes and this is the only song I'd call psychedelic other than maybe "All We Have Are Oscillations".

"Bereaved" opens and closes with drums only. In between we get some aggressive guitar then the organ lights it up. We get a prolonged powerful instrumental section until 3 minutes in. "Cataclysm" is powerful from the start and here we get lots of loud shouting. Just not into this. He will eventually be whispering, speaking and screaming. A tough listen.

"Drops N' Doors" is just over 2 minutes of dual vocals only throughout. "Catalyst" is a heavy track with vocals. Some guest sax and guitar on this one. "All We Have Are Oscillations" is another favourite after the opener. Dissonant horns, atmosphere and experimental sounds. The guitar starts to rise out of this playing a melody before it becomes aggressive. Samples end it.

"Dweller Of The Sevenfold" opens with guitars as drums and bass join in, organ as well. The wild vocals turn me off once again as he starts to yell. I do like when they slow it down and it becomes experimental starting around 3 1/2 minutes. The guitar starts to solo after 5 1/2 minutes then it kicks in with some power. Tempo shifts continue.

"Circadian Clock" has a lighter start with some really nice bass as the vocals join in. Guitar 1 1/2 minutes in as the vocals step aside. A calm before 3 1/2 minutes but it's very brief as the vocals shout and scream and the sound becomes powerful. "Luciferase" will be lit up by the guitar fairly quickly before female vocals join in as the guitar stops. These contrasts continue. Love the bass.

This just goes counter to my tastes in music unfortunately but if you like heavier music with aggressive vocals and a touch of psychedelia you might just love this album. 3 stars.

 Stop Momentum by COBALT BLUE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.61 | 11 ratings

Stop Momentum
Cobalt Blue Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by memowakeman
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4 stars Very cool psych from Brazil!

I'd like to thank Felipe Canan for contacting me and inviting to discover Cobalt Blue's realm, which in this 2017 has expanded with the release of "Stop Momentum", their first full-length record after their 2012 EP. This new album comprises a very interesting blend of genres in which we will have a nice journey through rock, jazz and mostly, psychedelic music. It features 9 songs and a total time of 43 minutes.

It opens with "At Due Gesture" whose first two minutes are soft but later it turns more interesting with a wonderful use of keyboards, a remarkable bass, great drums and of course those wonderful guitars. Lyrics are in English, so it is easier to the world to understand what the singer says. This song is actually the longest of the album, an ambitious track divided in parts that shows changing passages and moods. It has an enigmatic space passage that can be both relaxing but tense. It suddenly fades out and seconds later, drums appear so we are already listening to "Bereaved" whose sound might take us to some old stoner times. The track is great, very well composed and with all the instruments adding their grain of sand at the perfect time. I loooove the bass lines here, in fact, I think I totally love this track. Wonderful stoner/psych/space track!

"Cataclysm" is another great track, but this one has the amazing addition of a brass section. I don't tend to compare, but just for reference, the sound of the voice and of this song in general reminds me a bit of Thank You Scientist. The singer is great; he can reach high notes and produce some loony tunes. Yet another wonderful song! The shortest one is "Drops N'Doors", a two-minute track with only vocals that leads to "Catalyst", which is a heavy pscych rock tune that will make you move your head and feel its power. After 3 minutes the addition of a lunatic saxophone makes it even better, putting on it a jazzy feeling but preserving that psych essence. Top notch!

"All We Have Are Oscillations" is another short track with an enigmatic sound made by repetitive guitars. After a minute those guitars changes and produce nervous sounds that create a dark background. Then "Dweller of the Sevenfold" appears and (if there was any doubt) confirms this album is not just another of the bunch, it is a wonderful one. This sole song could take us to a huge trip with a feast of jazz and psychedelic rock of the 21st Century at its best!

"Circadian Clock" is a softer composition but it still has that heavy psych vibe somehow and also shows a nervous guitar sound that will keep you interested and satisfied. The album finishes with "Luciferase" in which bass and drums create a wonderful base that is greatly complemented by the voice and guitars. It is a very cool way to finish a wonderful album.

Congrats to the band and thank you once again for introducingme to your music. This is a very solid album and deserves at least 4 stars.

Enjoy it!

 Stop Momentum by COBALT BLUE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.61 | 11 ratings

Stop Momentum
Cobalt Blue Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars It took about five years to receive a new sign of life from this exceptional band, which is originating in Florianopolis, Brazil. In 2012 COBALT BLUE recorded their debut EP, already highly esteemed, when it comes to my impression, at that time as a trio. Now the core seems to be reduced to drummer Felipe Canan and multi-instrumentalist Julio H. Miotto (guitars, bass, keys, vocals), both practically responsible for concept, design and production. Nevertheless, as usual most likely, the recording crew for 'Stop Momentum' shows up with a bunch of additional collaborators on diverse instruments. And when playing live finally the band is always going to extend to a quintet, for good reason.

They definitely have expanded their musical and compositional profile within those years. Hence the new album shows some ambitious song writing and tricky execution. For example, conceived by Miotto, the opener At Due Gesture appears dealing with dementia respectively Alzheimer's disease. It all leads into a speech based on a dialogue between Doctor Alois Alzheimer and Auguste Deter, who later will insist 'Ich habe mich sozusagen verloren - I somewhat lost myself'. It is said, she became his first patient where he clearly diagnosed the given problems as an evident disease. A rather courageous move at that time, as this took place at the turn of the century from 1800 to 1900.

How about the song title by the way? It's just an anagram, deriving from the name Auguste Deter! Awesome, isn't it? Musically put into practice this issue starts in a cheerful optimistic mood including agile bass, playful electric piano and synths. Everything seems to be on the right track so far. After some time though they are running into a rather whacked out respectively even delirious downfall, like losing control, accompanied by the aforementioned dialogue. Hey, according to the story I find this a convincing implementation, not less than a masterpiece of art in its entirety! And there is so much more to detect here.

Miotto's treble voice and singing behaviour sometimes comes close to Omar Rodríguez-López, just taking the powerful aggressive Catalyst as a suitable exemplar, crowned by some saxophone and guitar duel beauty. Compared to this heavy psych outfit in general, the nice polyphonic vocal drenched Drops n' Doors is completely contrasting somehow. Dweller Of The Sevenfold then can be nailed as another album masterpiece with reason. Twists and turns en masse, this gem definitely needs your full concentration. Circadian Clock at the latest reveals Miotto as a real guitar wizzard.

Furthermore, besides the well-regarded drum playing offered by Canan, there is also a lively expressive bass guitar to state over the course, mostly contributed by Miotto again. 'Stop Momentum' is a really multi-faceted progressive heavy rock album, certainly recommended to fans of The Mars Volta either way, though clearly featuring more psychedelic essence overall. Will I ever have the chance to see them live on the stage? Regarding the lush and untamed studio sound this surely will need at least five chaps to bring over the approach in a proper way. There are some videos available anyhow which will serve a clue. No matter what, you shouldn't miss this album!

 Stop Momentum by COBALT BLUE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.61 | 11 ratings

Stop Momentum
Cobalt Blue Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by javajeff

3 stars I like Psychedelic/Space Rock, so this is a natural album for me to review. Cobalt Blue crosses more genres than just those two, and I am a sucker for some standout bass grooves which they have on every track. Stop Momentum is a solid album with a whole lot to love. There are time when I felt like I was listening to Motorpsycho, and then they mix in some samples and effects and go super spacey. Other times they go unbelievably frantic loading in trumpets and a sax. Other times they verge on Progressive Metal with some heavy rifts. I can say with complete certainty that Track 7, Dweller of The Sevenfold, is THE BOMB. The album ends very strong with Circadian Clock and Luciferase. I do not have anything in my collection that sounds like them, so this is a very new and fresh experience. I love the horns! Progressive Rock lives in Brazil.
 Still A Natural Condition by COBALT BLUE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
3.68 | 4 ratings

Still A Natural Condition
Cobalt Blue Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Argonaught

3 stars I guess we don't need to worry about "prog" being at risk of extinction from the face of the Earth. Cobalt Blue are a brand new endeavor - so new that there isn't even a Wikipedia article about them .. not even in Portuguese. Yet their new, first and so far the only release is quite an impressive musical achievement.

I will probably be coming back to this review and revising it, once I have had a chance to listen to Cobalt Blue a few more times, but here is where I stand right now:

The first, second and third listen to the Still a Natural Condition yielded a distinctively positive impression. Whereas the album isn't built upon innovative ideas or a unique sound, the quality of their musicianship is more than adequate, which makes me hope that these folks can go far in the world of "prog". That is, provided they develop gusto for breaking some moldy molds and creating a roomier space for their self-expression.

It may be a premature conclusion, but at least some of the Cobalt Blue's inspiration appears to have come from Maestro Wilson himself. For example, Autumn (Track #2) sounds almost like a re-enactment of the Lips of Ashes ? with enough creative differences not to come across as a direct imitation. In one place, I swear I could hear what sounded to my ear like a sample from the Phase I of Voyage 34.

But, it's all good; only time will tell what these fine young men will evolve into. I am certainly looking forward to their next release.

 Still A Natural Condition by COBALT BLUE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
3.68 | 4 ratings

Still A Natural Condition
Cobalt Blue Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars This is the debut EP worked out by a band you've probably never heard of. Hopefully 'Still A Natural Condition' will change that considerably. COBALT BLUE is a promising progressive rock trio hailing from South Brazil..Music is their great tie since childhood, you can hear it. Please listen to the five songs in one go, it works like an epic. While they are absorbing influences from the earlier Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, but also jazzy elements.the music incorporates multiple impressions. Due to sophisticated arrangements this sounds rather eclectic to me.

Psychedelic elements are significant overall, for example the dawning start-up showcases a melancholic spacey intro. But they turn into a short canterbury groove, followed by mysterious sound samples which seems to derive from somewhere right in the center of a jungle. You see, variety is the name of the game here, well thought out to make it clear. Autumn shows a nice groovy part with pleading guitar. Featuring excellent flute attendance the following songs mark the peak while combining a jazzy vibe with heavy escapes and Pink Floyd sentment.

'Still A Natural Condition' is a very entertaining affair, great song-writing, top-notch musicianship, even the vocals are excellent. So for me the package comes completely rounded including everything the prog fan's heart desires, ranging from relaxed melancholic parts to explosive moments. Splendid - hopefully we will hear more from them sooner or later ...

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