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Sivo by SUMERLAND.
Four sets of hearts and minds shape SUMERLAND (soo-mur land): Dorien
Campbell (vocals and guitar), David Gibson (bass), Marshall Serna (keyboards),
and Enrique Ugalde (drums, guitar, vocals). Sharing a similar musical vision,
the band formed in ’97, taking the name after a progressive state of consciousness
achieved on the way to the afterlife.
Based in Portland, Oregon, SUMERLAND quickly established themselves
in the Northwest US music scene through their electrifying live performances.
With a blend of acoustic instruments, keyboard strings and tribal drumming,
SUMERLAND’s live shows are not a typical band concert, but rather like
a force of nature on stage. Their performances recall a summoning of something
otherworldly, yet their music taps into something archetypically primal
and spiritual within the human consciousness. They generate such intensity
that we are lifted out of ourselves and transported elsewhere, to a world
where lush green trees surround us with the thick green velvet of the forest
floor pressing underneath our feet.
For their debut full length, Middle Pillar has released the exotically
entitled Sivo, which truly manages to capture the lush and intoxicating
sound that makes SUMERLAND resonate so powerfully on stage. Underneath
the enchanting instrumentation is the emotionally charged voice of Dorien
Campbell. Reminiscent of David Sylvian of Japan and Dominic Appleton of
This Mortal Coil, Dorien’s sensual baritone vocals and haunting lyrics
weave effortlessly around the melodies of the players. Shimmering
guitars, heavy rolling percussion, melodic bass, gentle washes of synths
and deeply affecting, and hypnotic voices make for a hypnotic blend of
enigmatic intensity. Sivo is singularly unique in its ability to
transcend the boundaries of dark and sorrowful music...
For more information on Sumerland, a wonderful review of Sivo,
and a handful of pictures from the Sivo record release parties in
Seattle and Portland, please follow this link to Starvox