Anima — Singularities
(Progressive Rock Worldwide PRW 033, 1996, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-02-01
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.
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From the press release:
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water takes from Echo Us' past and spins it into a whole new direction, one closer to traditional acoustic Celtic music than ever before.
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water was composed and recorded during the first few months of 2017. Although Celtic influenced and comprised of a number of re-workings of Irish folk tunes and Breton aires, the album is still in large part new and original Echo Us music that fits right in the Echo Us ‘canon’. “Wake” is a natural progression from “A Priori Memoriae”, which was released to critical acclaim in Europe in 2014.
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is Echo Us’ ‘Celtic’ album that was planned for a long time but never executed because of the work on the trilogy that came before it. The album title is a typical ‘Echo Us’ play on words which one can find their own meaning.
“It is also both evocative of the Oregon rain, which I am told is not too unlike the rain in Ireland.”(Matthews)
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is also a comment on conception- which was unintentional when the lyric was written. Matthews surprised himself a few months after writing it, realizing that the song was actually about the nitty gritty, biological workings of what happens when a child is conceived. The folk song it derives from musically describes a courting ritual, one that even today we can all relate to in our own way.
“Come With Me Over the Mountain" in acapella was the musical inspiration for the song, and came into my consciousness after the lyrics were written a few months prior. “ (Matthews)
As with all Echo Us recordings, a number of seeming coincidences resulted in connections being drawn where prior there were none. Another experience of similar capacity was found in oboe samples from A Priori Memoriae that echoed the traditional “May Morning Dew’, also reworked for guitar on the new album.