Exposé Online banner

Alejandro Villalón Renaud — Simbiosis
(Azafrán Media AP-1314, 2013, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2014-06-19

Simbiosis Cover artThis Mexican artist is clearly inspired by 70s Tangerine Dream — I definitely hear some Rubycon and Stratosfear in here, but more as inspiration than emulation. There are modern touches added, but that warmth that the Dreamers managed to infuse into their electronics can also be found here. Some of the melodies are sweeping elegies reminiscent of New Age pablum, but there are other things going on involving sequencers and electric guitar (or something that sounds like it — credits are not specific) that lift Renaud's music out of that mire. The CD's six tracks clock in at just under 45 minutes in all, which is welcome in this age of monumental electronic epics. Six to eight minutes a pop I can handle, especially when there's such a nice balance in tones and moods. While nothing is likely to send throngs to the dancefloor, several tracks get that burbling space-groove going, even without the use of explicit drum-like sounds; there are also calmer moments of gradually cycling string chords with melodies that are only implied. Aside from the guitar, there are occasionally other sounds that seem non-electronic, like piano, and there are other parts that are processed beyond recognition. Is that a guitar in "Revelaciones"? Hard to say just from hearing it. Better check the credits... No help there. All in all, it veers a little too close to New Age territory to get my unqualified recommendation, but keeps things moving enough to be appealing.

Filed under: New releases, 2013 releases

Related artist(s): Alejandro Villalón Renaud

Latest news

2017-02-20
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more

2017-01-31
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more

2017-01-30
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Cabezas de Cera and Jack o' the Clock, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more

2017-01-27
Acoustic Festival of Britain 2017 Announces Eclectic Lineup – The Acoustic Festival of Britain has been going since 2006, and this year's event sees a number of outstanding artists on the bill. Fairport Convention, Tir na nOg, and Martin Turner are some of the artists we've covered, and there are many more, including The Men They Couldn't Hang, Howard Jones, Chantel McGregor, and many more. The festival runs June 2-4, 2017 at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire. » Read more

2017-01-26
Butch Trucks RIP – Butch Trucks was one of two drummers in the first incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, helping the band achieve its legendary status as an American original. He died on January 24, 2017 of a self-inflicted gunshot would. He was 69. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Pendragon - The Masquerade Overture – For 15 years Pendragon has been a fixture on the English progressive scene. They've got solid support from a devoted European fan base, consistent albums, and a refined sound. They've got...  (1996) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues