Cronico — Delirium Room
((Not on label) no#, 2007, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-10-01
Cronico is a promising new entry in the classic symphonic proggy-prog field from Mexico City. A five piece featuring bass, drums, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, and a female vocalist, with a strong emphasis on extended instrumental arrangements. In fact four of the album’s ten cuts are entirely instrumental. Singer Lizbeth Mendizabal has a commanding voice, yet often double tracks for harmony; the lyrics are sung in both English and Spanish, track depending, however the Spanish songs are far more convincing, “Delirium” being one of the highlights. Keyboardist /guitarist Daniel Köppen – who also has a hand in all of the compositions – employs a number of keyboard sounds and textures from piano to hard crunchy organ to classic synth approximations, and keeps the longer instrumental sections interesting with a cache of compelling compositional ideas and arrangements. The rhythm section supports the effort well, as does the guitarist, who offers plenty of excellent searing leads. If I have one criticism, it’s that the guitarist tends to use the same effects throughout and a little more variety in that area would make his contributions stand out far more. In all though, this is a promising start from a band that’s definitely on the right track.
Related artist(s): Cronico
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
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
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