Submotion Orchestra


The name suggests they create a sound that is below motion, something that may in fact keep you from moving. Few of these 12 tracks will inspire you to dance, but to say you will not be moved is a fallacy. The heavily pounded drums and synthesized soundscapes that are most prevalent trick you into thinking you are immersed in an a world of lofty electronica, but in actuality this is a gorgeous and powerful jazz record. The orchestra does a phenomenal job of choosing its battles, balanced between instrumentals and gentle vocal-led tracks—backing out in grand support of the words, or charging together with banded attack when given the lead. Dramatic and engaging, dynamic and involved, Alium will strike a chord with you and leave you overwhelmingly impressed.

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