Globus Goes Worldwide With Cinematica LP
Everything about Globus, it’s latest release Cinematica, the band itself, and the sundry of songs on this project, is just a tad bit enigmatic.
For one thing, it’s difficult to tell who’s exactly in the group. It appears to be the brainchild of Yoav Goren, who’s credited with playing every instrument used on this collection. But there’s 13 other participants in the mix as well, nine of whom hit vocals at some point or another. Other members only focus on an instrument or two, whether that’s the bass, guitars, or the drums. Goren, however, appears to have manned all the piano and synths on this affair.
And what an affair it is. The high point is likely “I’m Afraid of Americans”, which dichotomizes the sentiment in the title with a similar phobia of other countrymen—including those from China. But the music is a sparse, mid-tempo, programmed drum beat with a hint of pizzicato and a cool bass that helps you put your head into the track.
The vast majority of the songs, however, eschew any pretense of reserve once the hook kicks in in exchange for hardcore rock and roll, which is certainly the case on “Americans”. Still, it’s likely the most accessible number on here, and one that may even be worthy of media attention given its controversial subject matter.
“Peltier: The Art of Healing” is another goodie, although it’s more like an interlude than a full-fledged song. It’s difficult to discern if the majority of the vocals on what’s practically an a capella affair were from synth sounds or actual humans. There’s certainly spots in which it sounds like a choir is harmonizing among its various members. And, one of the many female vocalists on this outing takes the lead.
Granted, all of this singing is without words, which appear to be filled in from various samples of people positing the prettier points of peace (which goes with the motif of harmony the choir embodies). But as far as who’s actually singing on this one, it’s not easy to tell from the album material.
On other tunes, the lyrics are as dense as the songs themselves—and the cast of characters fleshing them out—are. “A force of evil still rules the night” resonates on “War”. Such subject matter is commonplace on this album, and far from a bad thing.