Exposé Online banner

Lemurya — Soma
(AMMD LE0010209, 2010, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2011-06-01

Soma Cover art

I’ve been listening to a lot of Japanese and Chinese rock music lately, so my ears are atuned to the sounds of those languages. Imagine my surprise to hear both of them on this French band’s debut album! Along with French, English, and maybe Russian – possibly Kobaïan too. Musically, they’re pretty hard to pin down as well, with elements of heavy King Crimson or Nebelnest, emo along the lines of Muse or Coheed and Cambria, plaintive experimental pop like Radiohead, and more, all fit together to make something that (to quote their Myspace page) “ressemble à rien” (“resembles nothing”). Probably the closest comparison would be to The Mars Volta, especially given a couple moments of Latin-inflected rhythms. It’s a safe bet that if you like The Mars Volta you’d enjoy Lemurya, though I wouldn’t go so far in the opposite direction: if the frenetic, over-the-top TMV moments get on your nerves, you’ll find less of that here, leaving with something a bit more “proggy” as it’s normally understood. The vocals are high-pitched but not hysterical; the guitar is solid rocking without much metal inflection; keyboards are melodic, with lots of piano, organ and even harpsichord sounds; guests provide occasional horns. The whole result is remarkably assured for a debut album, with lots to recommend it.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 39, 2010 releases

Related artist(s): Lemurya

More info
http://ammd.bandcamp.com/album/lemurya-soma

Latest news

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more

2020-01-10
Neil Peart RIP – One of rock music's defining drummers has died at the age of 67. Neil Peart's work with Rush provided one of the templates for percussion in rock, and he certainly ranks in the top ten most influential drummers of the 20th Century. Peart retired from playing in 2015 due to health issues, and succumbed to brain cancer on January 7, 2020. » Read more

2020-01-07
Joel Vandroogenbroeck RIP – Word has reached us of the death of Joel Vandroogenbroeck, best known as one of the founders of Brainticket, He also recorded electronic music under a variety of names. He was born August 25th, 1938 in Brussels, Belgium and died December 23, 2019 in Arlesheim, Switzerland, aged 81. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

33 Dao - Xunzhao Guowang – There has always been a kind of surreal appeal to the sound of carnival music, and it has managed to creep into a variety of genres, from Broadway musicals to Hamster Theatre. This Shanghai band (No....  (2009) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues