“Epistle” is the new, interesting, experimental, rock-electronica, fusion-rock album by Arcachata, the versatile, layered thinking talent from Panama.
“Epistle” is a 7 tracks LP set, visiting the boundaries of genres and harmonies; a well-paced, vivid, unique musical journey from the mind and heart of Arcachata. It is only available at Bandcamp for listening and for digital download purchase.
How to review the ever-expanding Arcachata art-universe? Let’s give the time to understand the songs and feel their different characteristics.
Track 1, Epistle: this time the album namesake song speed-travel the listeners right into the middle of the main theme: electronic fusion rock with some hardcore elements and lighter piano tones. Epistle is “pop” among Arcachata’s songs, meaning less experimentally it embraces different routines that are much more intertwining than many of his other pieces. The little upbeat tastes of flutes and the trademark brass are lightening the song meanwhile the ever-present bass, panned to the sides is gluing together the subtopics. Epistle can serve as a good introduction to Arcachata’s musicianship.
Track 2, Cool Nights / Westwarding Magi: is a laid back Jethro Tull evoking song with well sounding toms and refreshing guitar riffs. The repetitive piano sentence might leave some taste behind, however, the improved soundscape conveniently lead us to the loud outro.
Track 3, To the Best of the Authors of Music: is the epitome of Arcachata’s experimental musical crusade. One must listen to it to have a fully embraced experience what real experimentalism is. There is a strict logic behind the song’s structure and sound. The best is to let it in as an emotional journey taking us to a spiritual trip. Arcachata knows well how to paint with sounds and this piece is a showcase of that. The Drum sequence sound is a personal favourite, the dooming piano notes are counterparts of the ’80s synth sounds. Not an everyday song but worthy to try!
Track 4, Crazy Tree: is a mid-tempo, synth centered quasi alt-rock song with heavy hardcore parts and Arcachata‘s commonly used digital brass plays. A newcomer space-sound is introduced just over the riffs and the drum rants; a very experimental piece indeed.
Track 5, Day of Glad: it is just another “way out there” song, claiming patience and full attention to understand and feel what its composer tells through the partly drum’n’bass kicks and sawing synths and full-fledged piano bass notes. The song’s second half is a lighter touched space-travel with a trademark bass and interesting synth melodies.
Track 6, The Urgency: it starts as a classic piano sonata and then smoothly transitions into a drumming based space-sound discovery. This musical journey does require a certain state of mind, however it can work well at a very late night electronica party.
Track 7, Penelope’s Jam: the digital vocalization leads the listener into a very fusion-jazz electronica space, in which we can experience Arcachata‘s trademark synth-brass play with the strong bass lines. The new part in this album and in this song is the space-sound, a slice from space-pop with the flair of the ‘80s. The earlier heard digital riffs and piano plays with the brass melody wrap the song the album up well.
Ultimately, “Epistle” is a bit challenging, ultimate experimental, art-approached electronica, fusion-rock album with the sound-painted stories by Arcachata.
“Epistle” is suggested for white ears and experimental music lovers and for some niche parties.
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