Trem do Futuro — Trem do Futuro
(Progressive Rock Worldwide PRW 021, 1995, CD)
by Mike Ohman, 1997-02-01:
If I'd had the chance to hear it last year, this would have been among my top 10 of '95. The six men that make up Trem do Futuro have a wonderous gift for melody and arrangement that any Italian band of the 70s would be proud of. They do have a touch of Latin flair to give them distinction, and singer Paulo Rossglow is one of the nicer (if not especially impressive) vocalists to come around in a while. The angelic flute playing, coupled with the tendency for the keyboardist to use electric piano-like sounds, give this album a slight retro feel. An excellent debut.
by Peter Thelen, 1996-03-01:
Trem do Futuro ("Future Train") is a young six-piece from Brazil that shows a lot of promise on this, their debut album. A standard four-piece of guitar / keyboards / bass / drums is rounded out with a dedicated lead vocalist and a flautist. Their style is rooted in classic progressive, with a touch of neo (can it be avoided?) and a big helping of folk influences woven right into the fabric of their music – much like the late, great 14Bis. The sound relies heavily on symphonics and grand visions for dynamics, with the folk underpinnings providing the color, and a fat bottom end that sometimes tends to get lost in the mix. Their sense of composition and arrangement is quite impressive; most of the tunes, while not overly long, are nonetheless quite involved and move through many ideas. Vocalist Paulo Rossglow sings the Portuguese lyrics with emotional savvy and power, though his voice always seems a bit too low in the mix. In fact, the underpowered and sloppy sound engineering is my only real gripe about this album – the opening track could be an example of how to do everything wrong at the mixing board. Still, this is a very solid debut from a band with a bright future, and certainly one to watch for in the future.
Related artist(s): Trem do Futuro
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more
Cruise to the Edge and Seaprog 2020 Festivals Postponed – The worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus has started to produce casualties in the music festival world, and music festivals are not immune. We've had word that both the Cruise to the Edge (originally slated for March 27 - April 1) and Seaprog (originally June 5-7) have been postponed to later dates, with those dates to be announced. » Read more
McCoy Typer RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz, McCoy Tyner. His tenure with John Coltrane in the early 60s includes some of the most treasured recordings of the era, including My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. After leaving Coltrane's group, he had a long and successful solo career. He was 81. » Read more
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more
Richard Leo Johnson - The Legend of Vernon McAlister – Unique among guitarists, Richard Leo Johnson has forged his own sound through years of self-taught study on his instrument, developing unconventional tunings, fingerpicking styles, and various other... (2006) » Read more