Trama — Oscure Movenze
(Lizard LDV 014, 2018, CD / DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2018-12-16
After a 20 year hiatus Italian prog band Trama returns with their second album, Oscura Movenze. I find it intriguing that in today’s world that an active band can remain obscure. There is extremely limited information available on the Internet about Trama, and their web site doesn’t help much either. I received the promo as a link with no accompanying EPK either. So other than the information we’ve posted on our Trama band page, there isn’t much else to relate about Trama other than in addition to their two albums, they’ve also contributed a couple of cover tracks for some tribute albums. And I did find that there is a connection with Italian bands La Cosienza di Zero and Hostsonaten. Oscura Movenze (Dark Movements in English) is a set of five tracks ranging from seven to 14 minutes in duration. The music is classic Italian prog complete with analog synths, melodic guitar lines, some gothic bits here and there, as well as some jazz fusion moments. They also integrate hoofbeats and surf sounds. Overall the album is very interesting, except for “Il Sottile Equilibrio,” which is pretty even across its 8 minutes and therefore it gets relegated to the background. The rest of the tracks go through many changes, at times in multiple directions. And in a few places I am reminded of another obscure Italian band Tale Cue and their lone 1990 album Voices beyond My Curtain.
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