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by Purusa

A somewhat soulful, slightly funky, blues influenced blend of pop/rock.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Spectacle
4:08 $0.99
2. Obsession
4:24 $0.99
3. Summer's Calling
3:56 $0.99
4. Outta My Mind
3:10 $0.99
5. Ride
4:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
Purusa is a 5-piece Portland band with an attitude. This CD is actually a 5-song EP containing some pretty flashy tracks. The sound is rockish with pronounced jazz influences, and headed by the throaty vocals of Kris Kirkman, whose style is completely comfortable and natural. ‘Spectacle’ is very poppy and jazzy with a nice synth break- courtesy of Josh Nichols who adorns the whole cd with a solid backing of sound, which helps to drive the main melodies. ‘Obsession’ is a melancholy tune somewhat reminiscent of Oleander- in fact at times he nails the Thomas Flowers thing right on the head.
‘Summer’s Calling’ is a sort of bluesy offering, and again Kirkman’s vocals are in their proper home- sultry and unpretentious. ‘Outta My Mind’ is a peppy tune accentuated with a fine piano giving it a sort of Mexican cantina feel.
The CD finishes up with ‘Ride’, a balladish number that, like the other songs, seems to tell a story. Brilliant sounding guitar work here- not for the leads but for the highly effectual rhythms. This band seems to lean toward quality and power as opposed to loudness for their attention, and I'll bet it works for them! Most all of the tunes seem radio-list friendly, and I hope they get to the point where they ARE being played. One thing most apparent is the fine production of this CD- every sound is mixed diligently and as a result makes it a perfect "intro to Purusa". As for me, if this is part of a full- length album, then I gotta hear the rest!

Bob Cooper
Portland Online Musicnet
circa 2001



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