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Title - 'The Sun Is New Each Day'
Artist - Armonite

The Armonite website simply states about the band and their brand new album, that "The Sun Is New Each Day is the alchemical project by nerd composer Paolo Fosso, handsome violinist Jacopo Bigi, mysterious videographer Akira and a couple of bold adventurers who lost their way home. It mixes up a pinch of nonsense, various cups of original works and a few spoons of soundtrack covers."

Well, trust me here, for Armonite are much more than just that. Composer Paolo Fosso and violinist Jacopo Bigi are classical-trained, but "classical" is now how they would describe themselves. Through their teenage years, they joined a few local bands playing a variety of genres and artists, from the Beatles to Dream Theater.

Armonite was formed in 1996. Though still in college, they released their first album in 1999, and performed a few dates live. They eventually split up, and it wouldn't be until 15 years later that they would unite to form a new band, while borrowing the name of their old one.

Paolo went straight to work and once he had composed enough tracks to make an album, Armonite came together as a transnational project. Joining Paolo and Jacopo was Porcupin Tree's bassist, Colin Edwin, and Dutch drummer Jasper Barendregt.

The first producer of Muse, Paul Reeve, accepted the offer to produce the entire work, with mastering at the Abbey Road Studios in London. Their album, the aforementioned The Sun Is New Each Day was released in June 2015 after a production of about 6 months.

1. 'Suitcase War'
2. 'Connect Four'
3. 'G' as in Gears'
4. 'Sandstorm'
5. 'Slippery Slope'
6. 'Satellites'
7. 'Die Grauen Herren'
8. 'Le temps qui fait ta rose'
9. 'Insert Coin'

So, what can you expect from this new album, an exciting mix of electric violin, keyboards, bass, and drums, you ask? Well, for starters, be prepared to enjoy the music from the very first note, as 'Suitcase War' rockets into your ears in such a fashion, you might even think your CD skipped and started playing music halfway through the album! Coming at you immediately, not even giving you (me) time to sit back down again, once you have loaded the CD into the player and hit Play, The Sun Is New Each Day is like that throughout, in truth: a rip-roaring, absolutely amazing, (politely) in your face work of musical art!

Next up is the 80's keyboard deliriously staggered 'Connect Four,' which is - for my money - quite easily one of the best, most stand out brilliant tracks on the 9 track fast-paced album. Then comes the only track that features spoken words, the electric violin-inspired 'G' as in Gears.' Another highlight is the Eastern flow of 'Sandstorm,' that literally (with your eyes shut) will transport you overseas to a distant land. It's fun bounce and sway is delightful, and the frenetic journey never seems to ever want to let up.

Next up is the more pronounced, more precise musical styling of 'Slippery Slope,' which is yet another prime example of how these uber-talented musicians can create stunning tension throughout, by just combining a few well chosen instruments. That's backed by the powerful 'Satellites,' a track that pops along with such force that it feels like a speeding train barely able to stay on the tracks, and that's followed by the Latin-tinged flow 'Die Grauen Herren.' Next up is 'Le temps qui fait ta rose', a beautiful piano and violin stand alone cut, it brings their love for classical playing to the fore, before the album is brought to a close with the electro static pop-synth of 'Insert Coin.'

In closing, well, I just cannot get enough of this album, and that's rare for me to say and feel, given it came out of nowhere, was not solicited, and yet has jumped to the top of my must-have-in-my-convertible-whilst-driving-in-the-hot-sun playlist! I highly recommend that you download this Digital-Only release ASAP, put it on a CD and do the very same as it will make every moment you spend in your car a blissful, joyous musical wonderland, trust me.