Attempting to pigeonhole Tempus, Latvia’s dynamic duo, into a single genre would be a futile exercise when it comes to their latest opus, “Viva Colorida.” The album transcends categorization, weaving together a rich tapestry of musical influences that span progressive rock, post-hardcore, post-rock, math rock, and doom. This fully instrumental venture demands attentive listening, as its intricate layers unfold gradually, revealing a sonic landscape that is both expansive and immersive.
Opening with the track “Red Flag,” Tempus immediately challenges listeners, separating those seeking instant gratification from those willing to embark on a journey of sonic exploration. “Viva Colorida” is not an album that reveals its essence upon the first encounter; rather, it invites contemplation and rewards patience with a slow-burning, yet deeply satisfying, musical experience.
The album’s sonic palette is diverse, with tracks like “White Lie” seamlessly melding atmospheric post-metal with razor-sharp progressive metal. “Grey Matter,” the longest composition on the album, clocks in at six minutes and delivers an intense, almost suffocating experience. The juxtaposition of such immersive pieces with more straightforward tracks like “Silver Lining” and “Black Book” adds a cinematic quality to the overall dynamic sequencing of the album.
“Viva Colorida” showcases modern, relentless riffs and a pounding rhythm section that propels the listener into a sonic maelstrom. The drums, in particular, stand out with impeccable sound quality and wicked speed, becoming a focal point in many of the compositions. Tracks like “Greenhorn” exemplify Tempus‘ ability to subtly ensnare listeners in their musical web.
The album’s conclusion, “Blue Moon,” proves to be as engaging as its predecessors, with a more atmospheric and post-rock orientation. Acting as a synthesis of the album’s thematic ideas, it incorporates ambient elements that pulse through its playtime, providing a sense of closure and completeness.
Each track on “Viva Colorida” seamlessly transitions into the next, contributing to the overall cohesiveness of the album. Tempus, a duo worth keeping a close eye on, appeals not only to fans of instrumental rock but to anyone appreciating a band’s evolution towards their best version. The high-potency rock music presented by this Latvian duo is infused with a tremendous DIY attitude, making Tempus a compelling force in the world of contemporary instrumental music.
Tempus, a duo worth keeping a close eye on, appeals not only to fans of instrumental rock but to anyone appreciating a band's evolution towards their best version.