Corpo-Mente
Corpo-Mente


4.0
excellent

Review

by neekafat CONTRIBUTOR (58 Reviews)
March 24th, 2018 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Forget what you know

A creeping feeling itched at the back of my mind as I started my prescribed journey into Corpo-Mente. There was something incredibly familiar about the whole endeavor, and not something so far back that I was able to pluck the notion out from my memory. It wasn’t so much the tone, but the wavering, distorted intricacy of the instrumentation. Come to think of it, the vocals were pretty recognizable as well. It took me longer than I care to admit for the name Igorrr to pop into my head, but once it did, it never left.

And what does this overlong anecdote have to do with anything, really? Well, it certainly highlights the two halves at work here, acting both for and against the album. Corpo-Mente in of itself seems to exhibit a strong desire to be serious; a fear of laughter in the face of its previous lineage permeates the work. And yet, very often the music is startlingly similar to that of Igorrr, to the point where the parallels are unforgettable. Still there are times where the music is just too insane to be taken completely seriously. While the strange instrumentation is never exactly at odds with the more emotional beats, on tracks like “Ort” and “Saeill” they never quite reach a harmony, failing to create an equally exciting contrast of feelings and ideas as were exhibited in the frenetic chaos of Savage Sinusoid. There are moments such as the opener “Scylla” which incorporates neither the emotion or weirdness well, creating something dull rather than conflicted.

That being said, there are a huge number of moments that hit the nail on the head. Far more often than not actually. A great majority of Corpo-Mente contains beautiful music which does a fantastic job of elevating the electronic base influences to dramatic levels thanks to an enhanced presence of acoustic and orchestral elements. Just listen to the gentle strums of “Fia,” or the lovely but very real frustrations of “Dorma,” which uses the angelic female vocals of Rïcïnn to their ultimate advantage. These vocals are breathtaking throughout, and often hoist the music’s dramatic ambitions, but even they feel a bit samey at times, hitting similar melodies and notes throughout without always finding a distinction from track to track.

For all my griping, it might seem like my rating is a bit too high. But that just isn’t true. Honestly there are no bad tracks here, and aside from the occasional voiceless minority, even the tracks that cannot escape from Igorrr’s shadow display an exciting bilateral conflict between the serious angle of the album and inherently unserious nature of Igorrr’s constant tonal shifts. It’s almost as interesting as when they get it exactly right, but not quite. Regardless, there’s a huge stretch where they do get it perfectly and plainly right, and it’s worth exploring just for those blissful moments. It’s something that will grow and impress on you the more you delve into it, something that I’m even fonder of ending this review than I was starting it. So do yourself a favor and dive in.

It’s probably best if you forget what you already know.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2018


17134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Done for that review comp thing, yeah!

Thanks to ElHombreChino for the great rec

Drifter
March 24th 2018


16238 Comments


m/

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2018


17134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Check this

Drifter
March 24th 2018


16238 Comments


I don't think I'd like it. Has a great cover though.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2018


17134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Check "Dorma" bro

bgillesp
March 24th 2018


7056 Comments


Nice review bud. Might check

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2018


17134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks spicy boii

DDDeftoneDDD
March 24th 2018


8457 Comments


great cover indeed. don know if this is my "cup of tea" (orbeer in my case) though...Do you know why the band's name is in Portuguese btw?

"Corpo" means body and "Mente" means mind

Digging: Schammasch - Hearts of No Light

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2018


17134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ohhhh interesting!

DDDeftoneDDD
March 24th 2018


8457 Comments


i mean i know there's lot of portuguese migration in France, but never heard of these guys, prob have something to do with portuguese community there, or not lol

Papa Universe
March 24th 2018


22441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

aight fuck it, i'll check this then.



corPOS mente

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2018


17134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks bud, let me know whatcha think!

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2018


3495 Comments


Dude! You reviewed this! Yes! Pos! Album is so good.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2018


17134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes! Thanks! You're the best! (:

ElHombreChino
March 27th 2018


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great Review. I'm glad you liked it!

ElHombreChino
March 27th 2018


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well it could be Portuguese but I think is more probable that's Italian (exactly the same meaning) as they often refer to Italian baroque opera as a source of inspiration. Anyway it is a reference to the dualistic philosophy which states a separation between physical and spiritual world (body and soul).



Papa Universe
March 29th 2018


22441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Igorrr after hours. It's for whoever wanted Igorrr's straightforward melodic aspects to pop up more. Decent record.

DDDeftoneDDD
March 29th 2018


8457 Comments


cool TKS ElHombre didn't knew the spelling was exactly the same in italian.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2018


17134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Couldn't agree more Uni

Thanks Hombre, and thanks for the rec!

kevbogz
May 23rd 2018


1528 Comments


Dulcin has fat riff. glad I checked this, has the type of experimentation that I wish Exquirla had took.



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