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Reviews CD Reviews Alternative, Indie Rock Plumerai- Res Cogitans

 


Artist: Plumerai
CD Title: res cogitans
Label: Silber Records
Reviewer: Joshua Heinrich
Date: 9/12/06

Following on the heels of their self-titled full-length and encompassing a number of lineup changes, res cogitans, the new 4-song EP from Boston's Plumerai, showcases more of the shoegazing ethereal rock that's made a name for them on both the local and national scenes. Sounding something like the genetic culmination of Hope Sandoval, Polly Jean Harvey, and Melora Creager, frontwoman Elizabeth Ezell's lush, sensual warble leads the way through four tracks of moody, catchy, diverse post-punk-influenced alt rock.

The opening "Avernal" is easily the disc's best, its moody rock delivery and catchy chorus hook certainly delivering, while the following "Linear" is nearly on-par, a poppier and almost equally infectious affair that almost recalls The Sugarcubes. Unfortunately, "Illuminata", sounding uncannily like the band's attempt to rewrite the James Bond theme, is fair but less satisfying. The sultry rock of the closing "En Vole", however, recovers relatively well with its Latin undertones and Italian accordion accents.

With a new album apparently slated for 2007, expect to hear a lot more from Plumerai in the next year. Until then, the res cogitans EP is a mixed but, overall, satisfying slice of shoegazer-infused alt rock/pop.

 

Plumerai website: www.plumerai.com

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