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Soma Planet — Bholenath
(Musea FGBG 4726.AR, 2008, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2008-10-01

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Musea does it again! They have found another exciting and superb band worthy of your attention. Soma Planet (Andreu P. Méndez on guitar, keyboards, Theremin, and effects; Marc Prat on bass; Furmi Gómez on sax, flute, and steel guitar; and Fede Marsà on drums and percussion) from Barcelona began in the mid 90s and released their first album in 2003. Bholenath is their second album, this time on a major prog label. They play a fusion of King Crimson, Camel, Zao, and 70s Italian prog, fashioning a personal style that only pays reference to these bands. On Bholenath each musician maintains his “bubble of space” creating an enjoyable listening experience. The music is a mature mixture of acoustic and electric passages with the sax trading licks with the other instruments. Soma Planet had fun recording this album, you can easily picture them smiling during these sessions and their energy comes across on every track. Exquisite melodies, experimental music, and Robert Fripp type riffs abound. The twelve primarily instrumental tracks segue delightfully with the shorter tracks (one to two minutes) alternating with longer compositions (eight to ten minutes). If you enjoy intelligent music that grabs your attention and leaves you wanting more, then be sure to give Soma Planet a spin. Bholenath is destined to be on my Top 10 List for 2008!


Filed under: New releases, Issue 36, 2008 releases

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