Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra – Vula (2017)

Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra - Vula (2017)
Artist: Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra
Album: Vula
Genre: Modern Big Band
Origin: Germany
Released: 2017
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Vula 03:35
In Light Of Turmoil 13:58
Lakta Mata Ha 10:35
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Interlude 04:50
J Schleia 11:36
Papaya Flyers IX Epsylon 12:06


Daniel Glatzel, the leader and principal composer of this international ensemble, advises that the hour long Vula should be listened to straight through for it to make sense.

But by then the listener will also need to cool their head down, as the musical imagination and standard of playing on offer are staggering. The brief title track feels like a prelude or overture, an intriguing swirl of contrasting themes. The 14-minute In The Light Of Turmoil begins with brisk tuned percussion and guitar motifs and displays a typical trait of different instruments picking up the melody in succession as the track morphs through cinematic themes, with strings, flutes, synths and brass, sudden Zappaesque staccato unison lines, Stravinskian rhythmic stabs and drum-led grooves, with echoes of Jaga Jazzist. Just when a breather is needed, Lakta Mata Ha – gorgeous flutes, harps and piano – is just as intricate but more lyrical. Following the bracingly fractured and avant-garde qwetoipntv vjadfklvjieop, Interlude is soothing aural balm. The multifacteted complexity of Vula feels like a reversal of the idea of slapping an orchestra onto prog rock tunes – this is an orchestra actually playing its own unique style of progressive music.
by Mike Barnes