Som Nosso de Cada Dia — Snegs
(Progressive Rock Worldwide PRW 011, 1974/1993, CD)
by Mike Ohman, Published 1997-02-01
This three-man band is apparently well-remembered in their native Brazil. One look at the line-up will have the average listener thinking "ELP-clone" before the CD even starts playing, but the band have a few more tricks up their sleeve than that. First of all, keyboardist "Manito" does more than just play keyboards, he also plays violin, sax, and flute. That lends an off-kilter feel to songs like "Sinal da Paranoia." Also, the vocals (primarily by drummer "Pedrinho") are more based in rock and roll than Greg Lake's troubadouring, a positive boon to harder-rock numbers such as "Bicho do Mato." There are a couple of acoustic pieces on this album ("Snegs de Biufrais" and "Direccion di Aquarius"), however, that I personally don't care for. The bonus track, "O Guarani," is a new piece by a reformed band, as the digitally-synthesized birdcalls that open the track make obvious. When it picks up momentum, it turns out to be quite a good sympho-prog instrumental. A surprisingly varied and diverse album. The only thing I can't figure out is why my favorite song ("Massavilha") is the one that sounds the most like ELP.
Related artist(s): Som Nosso de Cada Dia
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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.
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