Exposé Online banner

Free Access — Yu Pretty But Yu Kian Come In
(Stonetree CDGLP071, 1995, CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 1997-02-01

Yu Pretty But Yu Kian Come In Cover art

I was initially a bit surprised when I saw that this band was from Cuba, not a country known for its prog rock. I was immediately won over, though, once I heard what they could put down. What Free Access excels at is cranking out heavy doses of jazz-rock jams rooted to intense, spacy grooves. Ozrics are probably the easiest comparison for me, though these guys are less spacy-psychedelic and incorporate a healthier portion of ethnic percussion, probably the only overt sign of their Latin heritage. The lineup sports guitar, keys, drums, bass, two percussionists, and trumpet, with no vocals to get in the way of the relentless jams. The distinguishing features of Free Access are the guitar and synth-guitar work of Ivan Duran and the way they manage to incorporate percussion into the arrangements. These two elements lend a higher level of raw energy and fire than found with many of their contemporaries also exploring the genre of jazzy space rock. All in all a very satisfying effort from this Cuban ensemble. Perhaps they could encourage others in their country to follow their lead.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 11, 1995 releases

Related artist(s): Free Access

Latest news

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Phased - Medications – The promo sheet says something about Black Sabbath crossed with Hawkwind, and for once you can take that at face value. Heavy, spaced-out rocking good fun, skeletal imagery notwithstanding. These guys...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues