Sondado: “The Desert Colony” – the tracks sound intelligent and well structured
Prepare yourself for a journey. “The Desert Colony” EP takes you high, low, underground and soaring through the clouds. At every turn, there is a new an intriguing soundscape to propel you into a Drum n Bass nirvana…and more. Sondado is creative and competent musically, while thematically they tell stories…epic ones! Just read the introduction to their latest 4 track recording: “In the future crowded metropolis, the streets are shaded with skyscrapers and dirty, armed forces patrolling the streets. Neon ads are vibrating everywhere. Most of the people are working in factories and treated as slaves. There is a rumor among the citizens that far away from the controlled secure zone, beyond the global military control, decades ago; scientists with engineers established a colony in the desert using advanced technology. The colony is prosperous, using advanced, sustainable technologies and produces its own water/food. Rumor about this colony keeps the spirit alive…”
Frank Zappa once said, writing about music is like dancing about architecture, and it is with recordings like “The Desert Colony” that you continue to understand why. This is music you don’t describe, but simply listen to.
The EP opener and title track, “The Desert Colony” takes the wheel with fury. This one is a hardcore kick of energetic drum & bass in its prime. It gives the EP an early boost of underground beats in a bass heavy yet subtly pop inspired delivery.
But this collection of songs has it all, and it plays big—swinging wide for the fences. The second track, “New Horizons” is a luscious cinematic arrangement filled with epic string and resonating reed instruments.
“Mission: Suburb” is a bouncy and banging track which starts off with spacey keyboards, before breaking into fiery rap verses and percussive pandemonium. Sondado is a very cool band, and when you listen to the music you can’t help but be impressed with the songs themselves.
The EP closer “You Are Free” is a fantastic electro-ambient instrumental, filled with a thumping bass line and a host of samples and sounds. It’s a track that everyone who likes instrumental music could appreciate. The song gives you the measure of the structure of Sondado’s music arrangements, which could hold up across any instrument, and that’s really impressive.
A considerable amount of thought clearly went into “The Desert Colony” when they made it – the tracks sound intelligent and well structured. Though only 4 songs long, this is an exciting, intuitive and inspiring recording.
The layers of sounds, coupled with the surreal, futuristic themes will keep you glued to the speakers, at least until “You Are Free”, the best track Sondado have ever done, in my opinion, comes up! Sondado is currently made up of Tamas1 (composer/producer/mix) and Tamas2 (guitar) supported by session vocalists.