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Sonolumina: Solar Logos

This American duo is based in Colorado. Jewl Petteway is dancer and musician while Wesley Davis is a producer as well as a musician. Jewl plays violin, flute and vocals; Wesley handles all sort of electronics, beats, trumpet, synthesizers, vocals, piano and percussions. Guest musicians contributed with percussions, banjo, bass, accordions, vocals and so on.

Solar Logos is the band's debut effort and is made of nine compositions, all of which last over an hour. The vocals here and more in the vein of samplings, so this is actually an instrumental body of music. The overall flavor of this music is aiming more towards Oriental influences than American. Mind you, there are some dance beats incorporated into the compositions as well as belly dancing type of rhythms. Tom tom, tambourine and unknown percussions are tracing the beat to accompany all sorts of processed instruments and samplings. To be quite frank, I have not really heard trumpet on this disc, so it must be pretty much transformed. On the other hand, I could hear lots of ambient keyboard passages and spacey violin. I believe one has to see this act live to truly appreciate this album. The overall sonic structure depicts dark, experimental and somewhat psychedelic scenery. To listen this album in one sitting is no easy task either. Personally, I enjoyed the second half better with tracks such as: "Sengali" and "Moodi". On the first you'll find nice spacey violin parts, female voices, ambient keys, strange electronics, whispers, a bit of an industrial vibe at the end. The second adds dark keyboards, an ambient / psychedelic edge, piano and lasts nearly twelve minutes. As for the first part on this disc, tracks # 3 and 4 were my favorites. There to be found: street noises, deep basses, acoustic instruments, scratches, intense parts, and more Oriental / psychedelic.

If you are in the mood for something different, with an experimental / Oriental vibe, Solar Logos will be right up your alley.

Track listing:
1- Fire
2- Sona
3- Buddhaus
4- Hado
5- Fatima
6- Sanees
7- Sengali
8- Moodi
9- Tablaji

Added: November 26th 2012
Reviewer: Denis Brunelle
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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