Optical Delusions

Artist: 
Planeta Imaginario
Non-Airable Tracks: 
n/a
Label: 
Cuneiform Records
Album Art: 

 

Planeta Imaginario (“Imaginary Planet”) are a jazz-fusion sextet from Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain named after a 1980's children's television program produced in the same location. I specify this because, for those of you who don't know, Catalans are crazy people – which as someone of Catalan descent I am allowed to say, not to mention just look at Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró's paintings, but more on that later. Optical Delusions additionally is the band's third album – their sophomore effort Biomasa having been their debut on Cuneiform Records – and initially jumps out at me for several reasons other than this being a jazz-fusion band in 2011: (1) This band had 11 members when they formed in 1999, then 8, now 6 (2) this is supposed to be supposed more “jazzy” and In a Silent Way like than their previous recordings (which, mind you, I have not listened to) and (3) two non-subsequent 3-part movement