Exposé Online banner

Anima — Singularities
(Progressive Rock Worldwide PRW 033, 1996, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-02-01

Singularities Cover art

While eight musicians are credited here, the music features guitars, bass, drums, and keyboards, and some vocals / harmonies / choirs, and one might suspect this to be a basic four or five piece with guest vocalists. This is the band's second album, their first being the hopelessly obscure private label release Tempus Stetisse from 1993, which this writer has not heard to date. Their sound is a spacy rock no doubt influenced by Meddle era Floyd and some mid 70s German symphonic bands like Grobschnitt, with some folkish trappings, as well as hints of Close to the Edge period Yes, Genesis, and the like. The stylistic influences are well absorbed, and difficult to pin down, and overall the band has a very original character. The primary power derives from the spirited guitar work of Zé Lima, although the piano and keyboards play an equally major role in building their sound, while bass and drums work together and support the effort well. Two of the tracks break the twelve minute mark, and give the musicians plenty of room to stretch out. The lead vocalist sometimes adopts a kind of a soul feel, and at other times an almost neo-progressive character; the vocals tend to be the weakest aspect of their sound, yet with the elaborate harmonies, choruses, and choirs are kept fairly interesting. Lyrics are in English, and are generally pretty good, yet it's the pronunciation that sometimes falls short — but it's not that big a deal because most of the album's 48 minutes are spent in instrumental territory. In all, this is a band with a good sound that seems to be going somewhere.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 11, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): Anima

Latest news

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Various Artists - Periferic 2000 Folk-World-Ethno from Hungary – Concurrent with Periferic’s second space/prog rock compilation comes another collection of Hungarian folk/ethnic music. Whereas last time they featured many groups with a slightly modern bent, whose...  (2002) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues