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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Cascata (22:41)
2. Caiado (7:21)
3. Voo Noturno (8:30)
4. Meia-Luz (4:20)

Total time: 42:54

Line-up / Musicians

- Samuel Cadima / electric and acoustic guitars, synthesizer, keyboards, bass guitar, percussion, vocals, kazoo and recorder.

Releases information

Release date: July 4th, 2017

Recorded and mixed between June 2016 and March 2017

Cover art by David Guldbrandsen

Special thanks to Michael Brückner, Kévin Cadima, David Guldbrandsen, Michael Hodgson, Uwe Zickel

Thanks to Aussie-Byrd-Brother for the addition
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Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
4 stars An emerging young artist from Portugal, Samuel Cadima has immersed himself in an enviably wide and varied collection of psychedelic, Krautrock, progressive-electronic/Berlin School, ambient and experimental music over the years, and his own work on his 2017 debut `Cascada' reflects a devouring of all those sounds and styles! Sam offers lengthy instrumental compositions frequently in the manner of Manuel Göttsching/Ashra, Agitation Free and the Berlin School vintage masters, all peppered with unpredictable direction changes and an eclectic diversity, as well as an emerging voice all his own.

The near-twenty three minute multi-sectioned title-track suite `Cascata' is a confident way to start the set, but Samuel already displays great understanding and appreciation of many of the above mentioned styles that weave in and out of this lengthy piece. It opens with hypnotic Berlin School spacey sounds of bubbling ambience, panning drones, gurgling electronics, intangible effects and cavernous voices that suggest the man has been soaking up the recent Cosmic Ground works and Klaus Schulze's `Blackdance', before continuing into darker mystery with spectral Mellotron choirs that turn oddly uplifting and comforting. Breathless machine clanging and bouncing sequencer pattering hold the whipping snap of classic period Tangerine Dream, crystalline guitar trills weep and siren-like wails cry from the dark, and ultimately deep-drone chasms of stark Steve Roach-like ambient serenity and gentle placid acoustic meanderings close this journey.

The raga-rock eastern acoustic guitar flavours and sitar-like groans of `Caiado' call to mind everything from Magic Carpet, Italian collective Aktuala and even modern groups like Saddar Bazaar once it diverts into dusty bluesy bursts. It heads into Agitation Free territory as it starts introducing whirring electronics, and some deep space vacuum-like ripples wouldn't sound out of place on an Řresund Space Collective LP. Manuel Göttsching-like guitar chimes loop, echo and ring into infinity around Jean-Michel Jarre-esque soothing prog-electronic drifts in `Voo Noturno', but the piece quickly lunges into hallucinogenic distortion collages and dirtier psychedelic guitar soloing before culminating in a eerily reflective and softly melancholic piano solo. The album then wraps on `Meia-Luz's crudely pulsing electronics over faraway shimmering electric guitar wisps and Ashra-like mellow soloing that even brings the most fleeting reminders of Pink Floyd.

Despite a few little expected rough edges here and there, `Cascada' holds a good balance of influences and emerging personal artistic flair, and Samuel's pieces show an understanding of unhurried space, supreme atmosphere and colourful variety well beyond his young years. This is a superb vinyl length debut that Samuel should be immensely proud of, and it will be exciting to discover what (multiple!) directions he moves in from here.

Four stars - and bonus points for David Guldbrandsen's vivid cover art.

Review by DamoXt7942
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Avant, Crossover & Neo Teams
4 stars What the hell, such a great electronic album by such a great electronic creator is just around me. This is one of the most fantastic discoveries this year for me. Samuel CADIMA is a promising electronic musician / multi-instrumentalist, and at the same time our prog mate in Progarchives. Cannot help getting happy such a electronic fantasy was released, inspired by lots of progressive electronic vanguards respecting Berlin School.

Actually his soundscape is just like his gentle character and terrific, powerful efforts for digging, grabbing the mind of the audience out. Slow, smooth but hard-edged development of melodic polarity. As if we would get intoxicated with expensive bottles of wine filled with long, comfortable aftertaste, we can get completely immersed in his inner space. Not weird nor queer but gorgeous and attractive melodic repetitions of his creation remind me of an Italian delightful electronic obscurity 'Midnight In Space' by Hydrus.

My favourite track (and maybe one of his longest masterpieces) has electronic variation ... dark, bubble-bobbled, clear and catchy (leaning towards Yellow Magic Orchestra or so), dissected (but pretty matured), or crazy disappearing (like the last chord of 'A Day In The Life') ... even only this track should be purchased, and should make us look forward to his next creation. Yeah hell what!

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