Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Beautiful Tunes Of Kosmoratik Band

By Anita Ortega

Different art forms have used layering to conceal and communicate their message to target audience. This is a technique where the same image or word carries multiple messages. This element was picked by Kosmoratik band in 2011 and applied to music. The experiment began in Oslo and was carried out by Eivind Johansen, Lise Lotte and Gunner Odd.

The first album by the band hit the airwaves in 2012 and was a great hit. Its title was gravitation and was a successful blend of classical rock and symphonic pop. This resulted in sincere and epic melodies. The most prominent sounds in their tracks are acoustic guitar, oboe and string quartet. The sounds are combined in an expert way to produce what is described as delicious melody by listeners. Such excellent work has won the group following across generations.

Their most anticipated second album was released under the title Bridges and Boats. It is a continuation of the same style but more inventive and fresh. It borrows heavily from the pop style of the 60s and 70s and achieves their aim of communicating or identifying with the feelings of listeners. Pop music in the 60s and 70s was composed by thoughtful writers who took time to know what listeners wanted. The rock was psychedelic beyond showing a lot of intent and depth during composition.

The music used by this band allows them to explore deep and complex themes. This is achieved through select melodies and sounds that allow multiple interpretations of their songs. The endearing nature of their music results from the symphonic pop influence and the classical rock feel. It is a progressive approach while preserving the traditional grandiose of symphonies.

Pioneer members of the band include Johansen Eivind who has been a strong figure since formation. He is known for his string arrangement as well as being an excellent song writer. He manages to capture and combine a wide range of wind and string instruments in an excellent way to produce incredible results. This creates moving ballads with a smattering pop feel.

Gunner is a talented guitarist and also excellent on the keyboard, among other instruments. He combines with Johansen to create excellent arrangements. The duo is responsible for the classical feel that is associated with the music of this band. Lise displays her vocal prowess by the ability to sway from classical jazz to alternate rock without straining. This seamless shift is as a result of a naturally wide vocal range and incredible years of professional use.

The success of the first album has created excitement with their fan base growing from one performance to the other. This has seen them perform on different world stages in sold out concerts. Their major influences are Nick Drake and John Martyn as individual performers. They seek to emulate the success of Beatles with their magical pop.

The lyrical poetry in their performances is influenced by successful poets like Hafez and Rumi. Music by Gravitation is available online for buyers as well as live streaming. Its uniqueness lies in layering which gives words multiple meaning. Their sounds and melodies are an indication of thought and composure with the audience in mind.

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