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The Cambiata

by The Cambiata

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Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Changing Everything
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2. Hell's Kitchen
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3. Chameleon Spit
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4. The Gold She Gives
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5. For Zelda Fitzgerald
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6. House Fire
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7. Machine of God
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8. Surgery
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9. Ladybug
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10. Alaska
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11. I-V-I
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Album Notes
Portland Phoenix Awards:
Best Live Act (2008)
Best Live Act (2007)
Best Album (2007)
Nominated for Best Local Act (2008), Best Rock Act (2008)

"The rate at which this Portland, ME, five-piece can shuffle through sounds is certainly impressive, but it's the tenacity and precision with which they approach the varied endeavors that makes them a modern rock band really worth listening to." - CD BABY

“Their new, self-titled album is masterful — a passionate, gorgeous, intelligent and challenging collection of 11 exceptionally well-crafted compositions. These songs brood and swoon and unexpectedly erupt with an elegance that’s striking to behold.” - Chris Busby of The Bollard

“The Cambiata are a band just about every true music lover should freak over, be they classically inclined or math rockers or old school be-boppers. The band projects so much intensity as though every note was an agonizing decision and yet was the only one that could have ever existed in that moment.” - Sam Pfeifle of The Portland Phoenix

“Their music embodies eeriness, melodrama, and fine tuned flair. Their live performance sounds as crisp as their record tracks. Just when I think I can compare their somber sound to someone else’s, they tweak it and I am left believing they are original.” - Jill Harrigan of The Noise

“…young guys with a surprising array of eclectic influences from a wide palate of genres…vocalist Chris Moulton, just incredible” - Mark Curdo of WCYY

“…performance is less of a rock show and more of a hypnotism…players all sway and sweat, singing along and getting caught up in the current of the music.” - MaineToday

“…their songwriting technique showed, pulling as much from academics as from the rock sphere.” - Chad Chamberlain of The Portland Phoenix

“The band has been playing gigs since 2004, toured around the country a couple of times…interest from record labels.” - Portland Press Herald

“…the most technically accomplished group in town.” - Christopher Gray + Deirdre Fulton of The Portland Phoenix

“…crooning vocals (think somewhere between Daniel Johns and a young Daryl Palumbo)…with influences like The Beatles, Radiohead, Silverchair, and Jeff Buckley.” –

“Local favorites The Cambiata always win big with their intelligent, evolved brand of modern rock.” – SPACE Gallery

“…smart rock ruffians, The Cambiata.” - Arts Guide Portland

The Cambiata are an indie alternative rock band from outside Portland, Maine. The band is composed of Chris Moulton (vocals), Sean Morin (rhodes, piano, guitar, loops), Miguel Barajas (ambient lead guitar, loops), Stan Dzengelewski (bass guitar), and Dan Capaldi (drums, percussion, xylophone). Their music and lyrics are moody, dynamic and filled with tension. They sometimes incorporate strings, horns, and other orchestral instruments into their songs.

Formed in 2004, they originally started out as a heavy experimental band. They incorporated elements of jazz, post-hardcore, metal, and pop into their music sometimes all in one song. In 2006 they released their debut album Into The Night. It was very popular locally especially the song “Shards of Pornography”. The band went through line-up and style changes and released the Ep To Heal in 2008. To Heal left behind the breakdowns and screams in favor of interesting chord changes, melodies and new and expansive instrumental textures and soundscapes.

In 2009 The Cambiata are set to release their self titled album The Cambiata on Jan. 9th.


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Brad at CD Baby

The rate at which this Portland, ME, five-piece can shuffle through sounds is certainly impressive, but it's the tenacity and precision with which they approach the varied endeavors that makes this a modern rock record really worth listening to. "Changing Everything," the opening track, starts with vocals and acoustic guitar, eventually building to incorporate orchestral arrangements and large, choral-style vocals that expand the track even further. And that's just the first three minutes. "Hell's Kitchen" works in sparse strings over a stark drum beat, mirroring the jaded lyrics in the chorus perfectly. "Chameleon Spit" gets blippy, melding together synths and effected guitars that smooth over into warm waves by the end. Tracks like "For Zelda Fitzgerald" and "Ladybug" betray their delicate-ish titles, tossing in some sweetly jagged guitar work over the ground-shaking drums. The remaining tracks follow suit, never repeating tones and never falling into a lull. By the time you reach the acoustic/piano closer "I-V-I," you'll realize it all came full circle, and you'll be glad you made the trip.