Release on 2 Nov 2016 by Soleil Zeuhl
Recorded and Mixed by Jason Schimmel
Produced by Alain Lebon and Corima
Mastered by Udi Koomran
Amaterasu is the second album of the American band Corima. They are labelled as Zeuhl band and in fact this is true but, if you are familiar with their first album Quetzacoatl you will notice a departure from the typical zeuhl style - - creating something more intime and personal... original if i dare to use this word.
The power never ending zeuhl (the original) French style is the base layer but their way of comunicate it has evolved into a more jazz rock apporach with strong Japanese influence. The result is a kind of mixture of them - if you are familiar to Japanese zeuhl as well. If You check out line up You can imagine the “style” no?
The violin can remind of famous Korejoijun or KBB bands or simply to masters of jazz rock fusion like Jean Luc Ponty in a way. On the other hand a strong “young” and fresh power is present. By this I mean that the musicianship shows skills and balls by approching and finding inspirations in bricks but still being tremendously young. The drums have a sound that I haven’t been listening in long time be sure and the piano does an intensive work and when it’s left alone it goes straight to your heart and brain, damaging it.
The sax 'flies', there are no other words I can add.
Heavy Stuff for sure even in the more 'feather' like parts, there are landscape moments suggesting that of a high mountain or on an alien planet… with groovy-spacey “ostinato” rhythms and breathtaking solo parts.
Corima is more mature maybe, or it’s just another Corima album, I am fighting myself if I prefer the first album where they never stop running like horses and where you don’t have time to breath. This time, with Amaterasu, they make You breath and they teach You HOW TO DO IT. The involving emotional jazz rock obsessive with rapid interruptions and tiny dialogs is hypnotic and you will find yourself singing without been conscious of it because wanting or not music i s always obsessive and repetitive somehow filando filando crescendo crescendo. Singing is awesome. Not really a language where I can say it’s Japanese nor Asian nor for sure is it Spanish or English. EH?! Yes!!
Sounds are well done and mastering/mixing impeccabile.
It is very nice that when you have to wait 4 years for a band to release a new album - you end up with something as fantastic as this one. Great work for fans of jazz rock Magma influenced bands.