Exposé Online banner

Aquelarre — Brumas
(Microfon C-71, 1975/1992, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1994-02-01

Brumas Cover artSouth American reissues usually happen without too much fanfare, and such is the case with this, one of several albums by the 70s Argentinian band Aquelarre - yet this is one that definitely should not be overlooked. As with many reissues, little information is offered in the booklet - no lineup, not even an original release date, although from the sound and the apparent influences, I'd place it around 1974... and what exactly are those influences ? Naturally there is a strong thread of folk in their music, but also evidence of Tull, Le Orme and Pink Floyd, among others. The music and vocals (in Spanish) are highly melodic, the arrangements are carefully worked through, and - surprisingly - the production is quite good. They are a four piece, and the instruments include bass, drums, piano, hammond organ, guitar, an outstanding vocalist, and occasional string and horn arrangements. Some of the tracks on Brumas get a bit more accessible than your standard prog fare while the vocalist is on, but let the instrumental section happen and these guys really begin to shine, while others like "Aves Rapaces," "Parte del Dia," and "Mirando Adentro" deliver the goods from beginning to end.

Filed under: Reissues, Issue 2, 1992 releases, 1975 recordings

Related artist(s): Aquelarre

Latest news

2018-02-18
Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more

2018-02-15
10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more

2018-02-14
Tom Rapp RIP – Singer / songwriter Tom Rapp, best known with the band Pearls Before Swine, passed away on February 12, at the age of 70, after a battle with cancer. » Read more

2018-01-30
Bill Bruford Ventures into Uncharted Territory – Drum master Bill Bruford, veteran of some of the most creative bands in history (King Crimson, Yes, Genese, etc.), is sharing some of what he's learned about being a drummer and a musician in his new book, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer, out on University of Michigan Press. » Read more

2018-01-18
Christian Burchard RIP – Multi-instrumentalist Christian Burchard, who founded the seminal band Embryo in 1969, has died at the age of 71. His January 17 passing was announced on the band's Facebook page. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Walter Hill - Popjazz – There are a few important reasons to consider why slick jazz is still popular, emphasizing passionate sax lines and comfortable grooves. One is that the best session musicians are on tap to record a...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues