Alma — Sobre Fantasías
(Record Runner RR 0550, 2008, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2008-10-01There appears to be an emerging group of excellent South American bands, one of the more recent being Alma from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The band members Carlos Lucena (guitars, bass, and programming) and Roxana Truccolo (vocals, keyboards, and synths) are both from the band Nexus and released their debut CD Sobre Fantasías this spring. Their music is truly amazing; lush melodies that combine progressive, folk, and baroque influences. Listening to the title track you would swear that it was a brand new Dave Gilmour track until Roxana begins to sing and suddenly you realize you aren’t in Kansas anymore. This is not derivative music. Carlos and Roxana are consummate musicians and composers. The quality and diversity of their music is stunning with each of the eleven songs evoking a different emotion ranging from the somber to the blissful. I wouldn’t be overly concerned if you cannot understand the Spanish lyrics, it is a joy just to listen to Roxana sing. And I just love her harpsichord on the instrumental track “Duende.” All in all, Sobre Fantasías is a terrific new release that should appeal to most Exposé readers. By all means you should make every effort to find this release.
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