This record is meant to be enjoyed like a seascape. It offers a Mediterranean journey, one that Ulysses, Aeneas, and Jason with his Argonauts charted first and Valencian artist, Pep Llopis, retraced and retread — from the islands of Menorca to Santorini. All of his experiences are aboard this vessel of sound: no format in mind, no course but the chasm within self.
While Poiemusia La Nau Dels Argonautes materializes at this moment as an album, another object suits Pep’s project: Lewis Carroll’s “Map of the Ocean” from his The Hunting of the Snark. It’s a simple illustration: the thin outline of a blank rectangle that represents the sea with no trace of land. Carroll offers this empty space as an object that all can understand, a container for possibility. Likewise, Poiemusia offers a musical language that any listener can understand. Untethered to the meaning of words, one is set adrift and free in minimalist sound and traditional music.
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A seminal and visionary album that still sounds fresh close to 40 years later... a unique mixture of instruments, influences and styles that really resonates even more in today's post-everything global society. ~ Selaroda ~