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The Plum Magnetic - Terra Animata

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The Plum Magnetic probably gets compared to Bela Fleck and the Flecktones because of Trent Ciolino's 6-string banjo work, which is featured prominently on the album Terra Animata. However, there are many beautifully odd musical combinations explored with this work.

For instance, "Trece Leches" can sound at moments like an unusual train wreck featuring a bluegrass combo and a Southern rock band. It features plucky banjo and lyrical slide guitar in a lovely little mixture. Although its instrumentation is associated with relatively primitive American music sources, this act by no means makes simplistic music. Instead, the sound the group creates is as complex as the best progressive rock.

While The Plum Magnetic is from New Orleans, you'd never know it by the eight tracks on this release. There is nothing that will remind you of Professor Longhair or Louis Armstrong, that's for sure. "Sweet Confusion," for instance, is built upon a traditional reggae groove and is a long, long way from Jamaica. The latter also features Ciolino's singing, which is not this group's strongpoint. Ciloino doesn't have a pleasant singing voice, which is why this group might be best sticking with only instrumentals.

The playing is so inventive on Terra Animata; it's an album that must be listened to multiple times to truly appreciate. These are master musicians, indeed.

The Plum Magnetic - Terra Animata
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