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Osada Vida


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4.01 | 79 ratings

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5 stars This is one of those sly suckers that suddenly bloom, bought on a whim and turning into something unexpected. Not easily pigeon-holed , the harsher style certainly cavorts towards musical terrain developed by Porcupine Tree, Riverside or even French band Nemo, a delightfully electric expanse with bold drumming and driving rhythms , flirting with the edges of metal at times, but supremely melodic . But one needs to pump up the volume and listen to this "LOUD"! This Polish combo prefer chasing a darker palette than their compatriots Satellite or Believe, a frisky guitar keeps things perpetually on a razor's edge, with blustery leads that veer near Nirvana (play on words, there!), as exemplified on the 2 part epic extravaganza "Pictures from Inside", a symphonic feast laden with unexpected bursts and explosive shifts in mood and delivery. The only slight weak point is the thin vocals but its small potatoes, as the overall creativity is bold and inspired. The oily synths slip wildly and the phosphorescent guitar rages mercilessly in a festival of progressive bliss. The tension gets ratcheted up quite a bit with "Decision", a magical piece of groove prog that flirts with colossal themes and blending them with a gritty veneer, almost jazz-rock one second, organ ramblings aside and pounding heavy prog the next! Veeeeery interesting ! What's next? Another 2 part epic entitled "Devotion" that gets things rocking despite the watery vocals, a visceral bobsleigh ride with guitar-centric focus that glides into a gentle spacey groove near Floydian territory , a fluid series of bluesy leads scorching the airwaves with magnificence , billowing sways of synths and exhilarating team crescendos. The second part gets very explorative with an elegant piano-led adventure, almost classical in scope and phrasing, a superb contrast to the previous and immediately upcoming storms and tempests. The thrashing convulses eloquently thanks to a persistent bass line, the course veering expectantly as a Spanish acoustic guitar paints a stunning canvas out of the blue and the synthesized wisps adding even more width to the audio pleasure. "Tension Blossoms" is exactly that, a bruisy-woozy piece of space ?infused hard boogie that has a distinct edge and swerves into experimental subtleties, daring even a jazzy mid-section and a huge guitar solo that soars , burning up the skies as it aims for the stars courtesy of Bartek Bereska (devastating style , to say the least) , a name wise to remember. "Everyday" has the nimble Lukas Lisak bass way up front, propelling the mood with hints of Landberk , very dark and ominous and certainly the harder face of this stunning band. The occasional mellotron blasts are most welcome, only serving to elevate the anxiety. The passion gets hot and heavy as this scorcher searches out the finish line, relentless in its deviant pursuit, again exciting the prog palate with unexpected spices, flavors and aromas. A carnival piano sortie seals the deal, Bravo! Can it continue? Yup, as the aptly coined "Boiling Point " tosses one into a dense sauna of sound and fury, grace and rage , a sudden jazzy guitar pickin' gem seizing the day and spitting out on hell of a solo. This where I start really detecting a golden-era Hillage vibe , as well as the super Hammond incursions from Rafal Poluszek and followed by a more conventional lead guitar exercise, this is another clear winner. "Bitterly Disappointed" one is not with this most PTree-ish track here, an arch- typical psychedelic track with teeth and yet so much apathy from the desolate vocals, the guitar paves a torrential highway with smartly paced riffs and deft leads, very Pink again with moogy synth flutters and moody axe arpeggios, the crunching solo that is a disc highlight, a tremendous piece of prog! The 8 minute + of "The Rebirth of Passion" is where things get more accessible, a piano-led sympho-prog that recalls the classics and a middle section that is now in reverse raw mode, clever little twist on the formula, spacy one second, bouncy the next , finished off by some masterful fret boards rampages. Two last mainly instrumental pieces take over the flow and the lads get to show off more of their considerable chops, the relaxed elegance of " In Thru mental"( a lisp?) is a fascinating ride into brilliant music , perhaps my favorite cut among so many. The 10 minute "?and Don't Shut the Door?" is a clear cut homage to Gong (you-era), from the obvious rolling bass groove , the frilly guitar forays and scattering synths , all pushed along by the steadiest beat, with even the wild vocals actually impressing . Stellar stuff! Nice little bit of well-earned philosophy on the back booklet, extolling the virtues of the story. Yeah, another one of those "human condition" subjects we all adore since time immemorial. A tremendous surprise that only recently caught my attention, my radar needs a safety check, too many incoming prog missiles that I am missing ! Amazing recording from Poland, right again sink ! 5 triumphant triumvirates
tszirmay | 5/5 |


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