After the previous release of Huminoita; All Is Two (2015, see review) I was impressed with the way the band easily walked through the land of post rock and embedding other genres so easily into their musical hemisphere. When the band started working on new material, they also choose to pull up one big curtain and hide under the band name; no longer revealing the names of who actually is in the band. “Usually five members, sometimes more” is what their Facebook page tells us. A nice publicity stunt that makes me focus on the music even more.
Where the previous album had one foot deep into post rock, 369 paints a much larger picture. Sometimes the grooves remind of post rock, but the often-returning use of the saxophone, takes them towards the jazzy side of rock. Take the opener Zinerheum, where spherical parts are fused with beautiful piano parts, sometimes reminding of a spherical Calexico meets jazz rock. Or the following Gameover; a nicely built composition, highlighting the electric piano, accompanied by a tasteful sax. Towards the end, a slightly distorted electric guitar takes over, adding a fine nasty sound to the overall very interesting track. Marsvolga, is an absolute highlight for me; the solid groove of drums and bass lays down a nice base for melodic guitar parts, spacey flutes and cool keyboard parts. The addition of space rock elements is wonderfully chosen and does work very well for Huminoita's overall sound. The final track Pimpimpom, just has to be mentioned, if only for the name itself. This smooth, slow track is kind of the opposite of the aforementioned Marsvolga, but on the other hand, it compliments this track and defines Huminoita. Pimpimpom, is smooth, grooving and has great guitars in the base, enough space for fine piano parts and delicate background vocals.
I think the band has naturally matured into a sound they already explored on the previous album. The way they embed those may elements is really amazing. 369 turns out to be a very, very interesting album, where every progressive rock fan could find something to his/hers likings. Highly recommended to explore.
**** Pedro Bekkers (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)
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