Some background noise and the hint of a band taking the stage opens us here as we slide into some arpeggio of the first real tune, “Peace In Our Time,” featuring a breathy vocal that flows into a steady beat, horn backing, and rich harmonies, then almost operatic high choir. Not to mention some spectacular drumming from monster skin man Gregg Bissonette. It’s a strong beginning worthy of Globus titling this collection Cinematica.
Globus founder/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Yoav Goren, who has scored film trailers for Spiderman, X-Men, and Harry Potter, knows the big drama soundscape well. He is joined here by a notable baker’s dozen of musicians.
There is the kinetic running of “False Redeemers,” an early standout impossible to ignore. But we are at a slower pace with strings and swirling backing and vocals on “War.” I like how this one gives us two rap moments, dead center and at the end; unexpected and delightful, to be sure.
Bissonette once again makes his presence known on the almost NIN-like cover of Bowie’s “I’m Afraid Of Americans,” a great cover of a great tune. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is another cover with a standout synth lead.
“Air I Breathe” surprised me, a tight drum smack of an almost 80’s pop-like tune that stands all on its own near the end.
Weird big synth droplets mixed with piano trills start us off at this album’s end, “Golden Dream (Letter from Adi Abe).” With its overly-affected vocal, this sounds very Floydian/Alan Parsons, but it’s a great wrap-up to Cinematic, an album I feel takes a heavy, deep listen all the way through to really appreciate.