Encanto is a groovy bit of rock that will keep listeners swinging. Hints of soul, funk, and Caribbean music can be heard alongside a more continental and Spanish flair. Encanto is incredibly rewarding; subsequent listens will spotlight sides to the track that were previously hidden. Birth of Music has a unique sound that unites psychedelic rock, funk, and even surf into a retro-futuristic sound. Suns of Orpheus continue to cut singles with Tree of Love, a soulful track that takes on a very contemporary (311 and Mighty Mighty Bosstones) feel. Suns of Orpheus ensure that listeners are provided with constantly challenging and different tracks each time out. Great Eastern Sun showcases the virtuosity of the drummer even as the flute work takes the fore.
Winter’s Delight is the final track on this album, but listeners would be hard-pressed to know that from listen alone. Rather, Winter’s Delight is one of the best tracks on this CD. A lush arrangement draws listeners in, while the inimitable vocals that follow add intricacy to this track. With so many things happening at any part of this 6:30 track, Suns of Orpheus are easily able to keep fans until the last note. Amoris Orbita is very cohesive despite the sheer spaces that exist between each track. This album is one of the few that work better as a cohesive entity rather than a collection of singles.
I would like to see the Suns of Orpheus live, as the freestyle nature of the band would ensure that no two performances would be the same. If the tracks on Amoris Orbita are any indication, the band will be amazing for years to come.
Top Tracks: Birth of Music, Great Eastern Sun
Suns of Orpheus – Amoris Orbita (CD) / 2012 Self / 10 Tracks / http://sunsoforpheus.com