Luz de Riada — Cuentos y Fábulas
((Not on label) no#, 2011, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-04-01Cuentos y Fábulas is the debut album by Luz de Riada, a new collective from Mexico City featuring woodwind player Ramses Luna (Cabezas de Cera) and Hugo Santos (Saena) on Stick and bass. The lineup is rounded out on this recording by Hernández Balderas on guitar, and guitarist Alejandro Vergara, who has since been replaced by Gustavo Jacob. Their music is a mix of jazz-rock and progressive rock informed by Mexican traditional and folk music, with a hearty dose of experimentalism blended into the mix for good measure. For most of the disc the tracks alternate between longer (four to eight minute range) rock oriented pieces and shorter (one to two minute) experimental interludes. Although one can hear the influences of both Santos' and Luna's other bands, the direction taken here on the rock oriented tunes is for the most part an entirely new one, where the melody and punctuation of the woodwinds receptively communes with the complexities and elaborations of the busy rhythm section, while the guitars play both sides, sometimes noisy and thrashy, sometime jazzy and precise. The experimental interludes are another thing altogether, where just about anything can happen, and so often does, in the context of free improvisation or in some cases loosely composed pieces by a subset of instruments, or even overdubbed solos. The program is mostly instrumental, but one does encounter guest vocals (male and female) from time to time, as well as additional instruments (violin, zurdo, theremin, accordion, additional guitars and winds) offering even more variety to their sound. The disc is housed in an interesting taller-than-wide oversized cardboard package like this writer hasn't seen before. Fans of the more jazzy and adventurous side of progressive rock (King Crimson, French TV, Smokin' Granny, many Cuneiform label artists, etc.) would do well to investigate Luz de Riada.
Related artist(s): Luz de Riada
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more