Oxygene8 is a project by Linda Cushma (sticks, bass, vocals). On this album she's supported by Tim Alexander (drums), John Humphrey (bass), Joe Myers (guitars), Fatimah Halim (vocals) and Claudio Cordero (guitars). Cushma started this project with the idea that an album would only contain one long musical loop without interruptions, so Loop1 only holds one eponymous track lasting almost an hour and consisting of different parts and passages of various styles of music. It has elements of heavy metal, ambient, progressive rock, jazz-rock and a bit of funk which makes Loop1 hard to digest. There are some interesting parts though, but the many changes of style sometimes contradict. It was probably a lot of fun and also a challenge to create this album with experienced musicians. They try to explore new territories beyond the perimeters of known musical styles and try to inspire each other to take their skills to a higher level. A second album called Loop2 has already been planned.
** Erik Gibbels (edited by Peter Willemsen)
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