Remember the days when the music industry promoted individuality and creativity, instead of capitalizing, over and over, on tired, mundane, formulaic trends and cookie-cutter formats? In the mid-70’s, albums from groups like Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Boston, Kansas, Queen, Styx, and the like, were genuine adventures; grand, sonic journeys traversing unexplored territory without boundaries, unfettered by chains of current conventions. Enigma bravely embraces that spirit of originality and refuses, once again, to follow the rules.
In Cobalt, Enigma soars undaunted through themes both classic and contemporary, from timeless dreams, desires, and sentiments to the more socially current and relevant issues that manifest themselves all too frequently in today’s troubled world. Their odyssey takes the listener into uncharted realms of philosophy, satire, mysticism, self-examination, and the many faces of love, lust, commitment and seduction. And of course, Enigma can never pass up a chance for yet another humorously scathing socio-political commentary.
CD Baby always asks bands who they sound like, and Enigma never knows quite how to respond. On Cobalt, Enigma delves into more diverse and eclectic terrain than ever before: Bonnie Raitt meets the Band; Melissa Etheridge meets Gary Moore; Stevie Nicks meets Sade; Sass Jordan meets Jackson Browne for a biker ballad; Ravi Shankar, Led Zeppelin, Queensryche and Tesla come together in a Reiki-induced dream. And don’t let the gauntlet of references fool you – despite these influences, Enigma’s sound is by no means predictable or dated; as always, they put their own contemporary spin on the great classic rock sound.
Everything is interconnected. Nothing stands alone.