Inasense

Inasense

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Back when Soulfarm was still calling itself Inasense, the New York combo showed some promise on this self-titled debut album. The material isn't mind-blowing, but it's definitely enjoyable -- and one hears Inasense's potential on melodic, laid-back offerings like "Glass" and "Urban Dweller." Although this CD was recorded in 1995 and released in 1996, many of the songs sound like they could have been recorded in the 1970s. Lead singer Noah Solomon Chase, guitarist C. Lanzbom, and their allies don't thrive on the type of angst that characterized so much alternative rock in the 1990s -- instead, this rootsy effort is, to a degree, a throwback to the congenial California pop/rock of the 1970s. The members of Inasense come across as neo-hippies, but with a Jewish-American spin. "Oze Vahadar" and the instrumental "I'm Your Slave" both contain Middle Eastern elements, and both are pleasing examples of how Chase and Lanzbom (who met in Jerusalem) are willing to use their Jewish heritage to their creative advantage. Although not perfect, this album indicated that Inasense was a band to keep an eye on.

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