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by Oxygene8

Progressive/Experimental Art Rock: Polyphonic Chapman Stick bass lines and vocals by Linda Cushma, soaring melodic guitars by Francesco D'Angelo and rock solid drums by Tim Alexander, drummer for PRIMUS.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Stand
4:29 $0.99
2. Hold On
6:25 $0.99
3. Funkernickel
6:28 $0.99
4. Empty
5:21 $0.99
5. Poetica
3:12 $0.99
6. Larry's Lullaby Prelude
2:29 $0.99
7. Spoolanoosh
3:05 $0.99
8. Larry's Lullaby
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9. Mocha Butterfly
5:48 $0.99
10. Love Soldier
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11. Cathedral
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12. Heart to Weep
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Album Notes
Oxygene8 is Linda Cushma on vocals and midi Chapman Stick and 7-string guitarist, Francesco D'Angelo.
Oxygene8 is the artistic synthesis of progressive and experimental rock employing odd time signatures,complex arrangements,unique sonic textures,and Linda's sometimes surreal,often times quirky,but poignant stream of consciousness lyrics.
On this debut cd, Oxygene8 is joined by Primus drummer, Tim Alexander, who along with Cushma and D'Angelo is
a co-writer on this album.

For me, the most exciting thing about this album is Cushma’s Stick playing. She is obviously an adept and accomplished musician and she really knows how to lay down intricate yet infectious grooves. Alexander was an excellent choice for drums, as his style locks in perfectly with Cushma’s playing.
--Chris Meeker, Dutch Progressive Rock Page

Seek no rhyme or reason but rhythm and bliss.
Since KING CRIMSON brought Chapman Stick to the public eye, the instrument became a sign of high-voltage experimentation, and OXYGENE 8 are intense indeed - when they want to. Here, atmospheric jazz of "Funkernickel" appears beautifully soothing like a new age watercolor turned inside out, there "Stand" comes as a lightning of ex-PRIMUS' Tim Alexander's cymbals and Frank D'Angelo meandering guitar rocketing skyward from the Stick operator Linda Cushma's brooding voice and thick synth clouds. Strange, but the icy serenity of the title track's soundscape seems a logical resolution, and when a bumblebee-like buzz intrudes in the very heart of it there's a symmetry and a POETRY of a highest order. That's where all the elements of the puzzle fall into their places, from soaring "Larry's Lullaby" to "Spoonaloosh" with its musique concrete lining and ebbing, slow flamenco which is "Mocha Butterfly", to erect a wonderful, heartfelt "Cathedral", in which the voice is so warm and soulful. BREATHE IN, THEN.
--DME Rock Page



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Dick Richards

Enough with the over analizing bullshit. Oxygene8 is a wonderful band. There is no need for the semantics. The sounds on this record can only be summed up as far-out-space-music. There is a ton of feeling on this album. True feeling. Poetica is great and totally kicks. Before I bought Poetica from CD Baby I contacted Linda Cushman to see if any websites still carried the album. Unfortunately, I had lost my first copy and absolutely needed to hear the sweet sounds urgently. To my astonishment, Linda Cushman responded almost instantaniously to my quieries as if driven by some divine force. She instructed me to go to CD Baby and I did as I was told. I was not disappointed. She also told me that Oxygene8 was three days away from going back in to the studio to record another album. Linda said that the original guitarist had left(which I was slightly bummed about) but that he is being replaced by two very talented individuals. Her exact words were something like, "Brothas from a different motha', I believe. Tim Alexander will still be the house drummer which undoubtedly will make for a splendid recording. Check this album out. Poetica is the complete shit and should not be over looked. Out.

Dag Fjellby

This is an album you won't forget for a long time - Brilliant!
Progressive/Experimental Art Rock played with profession. The music is very well written, and Linda the female vocalist is splendid. The sound and production is good too. It’s not often you’ll come across CD’s like this. Poetica is no less than a stunning album by all means, and all the progressive/experimental art rock lovers MUST buy this album! BUY IT NOW! 5 stars for Oxygene8’s CD ”Poetica”.

Po Boy Drums

absolutely killer album!
I don't know what else to say but...this is a killer, very well written album that is as catchy and cool as can be. Linda's vocals are real nd they fit, and the music is very catchy, professional; and very much a musician's arrangement. This is pretty fantastic!