Cello trio Melo-M is formed buy academically trained musicians. Their first self-titled album in 2005 was noticed immediately and the band got even nickname “Latvian Apocalyptica”.
But Melo-M comparison to Finnish cello metal band Apocalyptica is rather poor. These bands have two things common – they play cellos and both like to play cover music. Melo-M mostly concentrates on rock and pop music covers.
Since 2005, Melo-M has released five albums. On the first, the band paid tribute to rock and pop songs from golden archive of Latvian music. On “Singalongs” in 2007 they transformed “greatest hits” of pop music such as “Ghostbusters“, “I Will Survive” and “Daddy Cool” etc.
On “Around The World” in 2009, Melo-M covered popular songs from world music repertoire such as “Zorba`s Dance”, “Misirlou” and “Lion Sleeps Tonight”. In 2010, the band released “Phantasy of Opera” offering attractive take on well known opera themes composed by Verdi, Rossini, Wagner and others.
But this year Melo-M released fifth album that can be labeled as indie academic music – “From the Forest We Come”.
It consists of original compositions composed by one of the band members, Kārlis Auzāns. It is a great conceptual album that leads listener through forest, where you can experience the dark of the woods, different lights and colours, the smell of bark and moss.
But bear in mind – the story is told by cello, instrument that is made from wood and can be considered as a creature of the forest. Maybe this is a story about cello remembering the forest.