Recorded live in 2006 and originally released on CD in 2008, Vespero's Foam arrives into Sea Of Tranquility's hands a little late, but as the cliché goes, better late than never.
Vespero is a Russian band that plays a very interesting mix of Eastern transcendental music and space rock. The music is driven by ubiquitous percussions and the ethereal voice of Natalya Tjurina whose high, clear vocals soar majestically over the instruments. Bridging the gap between these two extremes are washes of synthesizers and guitar, which coalesce harmoniously, and bind the music together. There are plenty of lengthy musical interludes throughout the 6 tracks where the music sails to exotic regions, carrying the listener along on an outer-body voyage.
I suppose one could break this disc down, track-by-track, but I think that the artists' intent was to have separate tracks only as markers during this musical odyssey. The entire disc can easily be thought of as one long suite. The fact that this was recorded live may support that argument. The music does not have the feel of being cobbled together meticulously, but rather flows freely in a very stream of consciousness sort of way.
The main reason we write reviews is to discover new music. Unfortunately, a lot of what we discover we just as quickly choose to forget. However, every once in a while a disc falls into our grubby little paws that resonates with our musical tastes of the moment. Vespero's Foam is such a disc for this reviewer at this time. In an age where we're all so busy that we seem to be perpetually multi-tasking, even when reviewing, it's refreshing to listen to a disc that demands you sit still for three quarters of an hour and let yourself be carried away. Those of you who enjoy a heavy dose of Eastern music in your space rock and/or psychedelic music may find this disc a welcomed addition to your record collection.
- Overture (5:38)
- Instruments Of The Roads (8:52)
- Figures (7:18)
- Foam (11:02)
- Skat (4:32)
- Float (8:25)