Exposé Online banner

Erth — b
(Bandcamp no#, 2015, DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2016-09-26

b Cover art

It’s taken quite a few listens through b to get a handle on what Erth is all about. For the record, I regard that as a good thing. At times, they lean towards space rock, with bubbly rhythms and twittery synths; at other times, they lean towards jazz fusion, occasionally with a touch of latin flavor. That’s not everything, just a sample. There are vague impressions like Return to Forever crossed with one of the melodic Spanish bands of the 70s (Fusioon, Gotic), a touch of Ozric Tentacles, reggae, and more. I’m also reminded a bit of the instrumental parts of PFM’s Jet Lag. The keyboards of Andrés Bonilla are generally in the lead, with dextrous piano and squiggly synth lines hinting by turns at jazz, classical, and latin music. Two guitarists, Roberto Mata and Diego Mejía, are credited, and both are decidedly on the jazzy side — no metal tones or shredding here. Joel Fernández is a very strong bassist who definitely leans towards jazz rather than rock, and the drums of Marco Rodriguez reinforce that sound. Another element to Erth’s sound consists of a lot of odd synthesizer noises — everyone except Rodriguez is credited with synths, and these bleeps, sweeps, and burbles are a distinctive element to the band’s sound. From an out-of-the-way corner of the musical world, this Costa Rican band really has put together something distinctive, worthy of the attention of fans of creative jazz and progressive rock around the world.


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Erth

More info
http://erthcostarica.bandcamp.com/album/b

Latest news

2019-11-07
Glenn Smith RIP – Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist, and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.  » Read more

2019-11-04
Dino Brassea RIP – Word reaches us of the passing of Dino Brassea, who sang and played flute in Cast for many years. By our count, Brassea appeared on 11 Cast albums between 1994 and 2002. He also released music as a solo artist. » Read more

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

St Vincent - Marry Me – If there are any terms in music more meaningless (or perhaps just misused) than “progressive,” they must certainly be “indie” and “alternative.” And come to think...  (2009) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues