Roe’s Best Albums of 2014: #8 – Temple of Plenty by Somos

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December 18, 2014 by Roe

Artist: Somos

Album: Temple of Plenty

Produced by: Jesse Cannon and Mike Oettinger

Released: March 25, 2014

v600_SomosAlbumCover_300dpiEvery time I listen, I feel as though Temple of Plenty is a prologue to a journey that’s just about to take off.

First off, these 9 songs are so wonderfully crafted; There is nothing faked or fabricated about Somos. I can tell by the timbre of Michael Fiorentino’s voice that every word is heartfelt and meaningful. The performance and production is so tight, yet feels so natural and organic; Nothing is overdone.

“Familiar Theme”, the first track off the record, immediately grabbed me upon listening. The words, mostly. All lyrics on this record seem to connect with me personally somehow, touching on a theme of being in the midst of transition, coming of age, growing older. Temple of Plenty was a record on repeat for me all summer as I was (and still am) coming to grips with a lot about myself and the world around me.

What I also like about this record is that although Somos’ has a very distinct style and Michael Fiorentino has a very discernible voice, no two songs are the same. In my experience, it is very rare for a new band to display that kind of versatility.

I can’t help but think that Somos’ next release is going to be monumental and really hard-hitting, more so than this; Temple of Plenty was testing the waters, so to speak. This record shows great potential and promise in a relatively new and young band, who are masterfully creating music that is authentic and relatable to the typical high school teenager, or to a floundering 20-something like me.

I’m very excited to see what the future has in store for these guys, and can only see good things coming ahead for them.

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