Full of deep and rich emotional melodies, the Plum Magnetic's Terra Animata captures the essence of fusion rock. It is a diverse offering of eight distinctive cuts that are remarkable to listen to and pulsate within the speakers long after the music has stopped.
A 25 second track entitled "Spring" begins the project but the journey into a worldy mix of sounds starts with "Trece Leches" begins the project. It is a captivating mix of electric 6 string banjo, guitars, bass, drums and a harmonizing dynamic that makes for an engaging and groovy presentation. "The Electric Jungle" tones the set down with its mellow and somber sound. The tone is heavily steeped in bluegrass folk blended with a New Age feel. The result is a passionate portrait of epic proportions.
"Parallax" takes listeners on a hearkening voyage through the deep rock valleys. Reminiscent of something Black Sabbath would put out, the Plum Magnetic is expressly edgy on this cut, while "Delicious" glides the rock n' roll away and into a melody that is interesting to hear and understand with its multiform genre melding technique. The finale, which is the title track is precisely engineered and the longest song among the collection. It offers listeners what could be called the signature sound of The Plum Magnetic - a display of high-quality music that is intricate and rooted in experimentation.
The Plum Magnetic formed in 2011 through associations with the New Orleans scene. The band is one of the most fascinating to arrive in the genre of fusion. While comparisons may lend themselves to the likes of Grateful Dead or Mahavishnu Orchestra, they are unlike anything the listener has ever heard or will ever hear.
Final Grade: A
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