Album: Terra Animata
Artist: The Plum Magnetic
Genre: World, Fusion, Rock, Progressive, Folk
While their fans believe that they are one of the best 90’s band to break out of the 2010’s, The Plum Magnetic originated from New Orlendo, United States. Entering the world of fusion and progressive rock, the band (Trent Ciolino, Andrew McLean, Jon Solomon and Oliver Burke) started its journey with the first album, Terra Animata,
which hit the stores recently. After gaining the much needed recognition, they are ready to release their second album by the end of 2014. Their first album “Terra Animata” consists of 8 tracks.
|The Electric Jungle|
“Spring”, the first track of the album, sounds groovy and turns out to be an introductory song of the album. This one is just 25 seconds long, doesn’t have much to do.
2. Trece Leches
“Trece Leches” gives a glimpse of what this band has for the world of fusion music. Starting with an amicable and captivating 6-string banjo, the song turns out to be an engaging folk with a hint of Hindustani music. Stretching almost 10 minutes it keeps the mood lively and enthralling.
3. Sweet Confusion
“Sweet Confusion” gives the first taste of the band’s vocal strength. The vocals are flat and the music has a Jamaican-folk feel to it. In the middle of the song, the fusion is dynamic, improvised and it creatively mixes the vocal and rock with sweet bass, giving a jazz feel to this song.
4. The Electric Jungle
True to the name, “The Electric Jungle” is indeed an electrical fusion reciprocating the feel of jungle with some fascinating, break neck, progressive music. Each member of the band has shown his talent making it an engaging orchestra. Smart use of tabla and banjo with fast rhythmic guitar puts us into the new age of fusion music.
Andrew Base’s well-crafted guitar work starts the fifth track of the album – “SheshBesh”. What looks like a simple, straightforward track takes us through different genres across the country, giving a warm and pleasant feel to it. It is interesting to know how the band has used the instruments in various genres, mixing it into a perfect fusion.
“Parallax” is cut, edgy, fast music which puts us in a voyage. Throughout the song the guitar sounds repetitive and unconventional. Each one has tried to showcase his individual talent. The song sounds like a one that is just out of the garage – raw and un-synced.
7. The Delicious
It looks like the band has used everything they got into this one album. “The Delicious” is yet another track that draws a good 9 min in length. This track starts off as a melody, with an indi-styled musical arrangement that has a very groovy feel. The music is bright, enjoyable in places but it drags. ‘Tranc’ banjo deserves special credits as it is evolving and keeps the track alive. On the bitter side, there isn’t anything new that this track offers.
8. Terra Animata
Final track of the album is the title song, which yet again gives a good feel of the band’s vocals. True to the genre, this has all the ingredients – world, fusion, folk and progressive-rock. Though the song is overwhelming and enjoyable it is not as engaging as the previous ones. This track turns to be the longest song of the album.
Album Verdict: Entertaining and Unique fusion.