Exposé Online banner

Mar de Robles — Indígena
(Mylodon MyloCD 051, 2007, CD)

by Mac Beaulieu, Published 2008-01-01

Indígena Cover art

This second album from Mar de Robles is both a continuation and a departure from the first. It’s an example of a band honing its craft and moving on and up. The five piece features vocals / sax / flute, guitar, bass / Stick, drums / percussion, and percussion. Such a line-up from a Chilean band may sound promising rhythmically and it certainly is. The band operates in a Latin-tinged hard rock / fusion / prog area, with Crimsonian elements like cyclical patterns in evidence here, most notably on the opener, “Chúcaro.” From there they diverge and actually begin sounding a lot like Cabezas de Cera. It’s hard not to I suppose with the Latin rhythmic influence combined with sax / flute and Stick, but MdR won’t enter quite the adventurous territory that CdC finds itself in, which helps keep its identity. MdR is a heavy, jamming band, intense and somewhat in your face, though they pull it off with panache. They deceptively approach periods of impending chaos, exhibiting clear control over every step of they way, while offering graceful, subtly psychedelic passages as well. One major disappointment for me is the significant reduction in vocal passages.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Mar de Robles

Latest news

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, Oregon, and British Columbia. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more

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

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

Previously in Exposé...

Wyatt / Atzmon / Stephen - ...For the Ghosts Within – Canterbury icon Robert Wyatt steps out of his comfort zone with acclaimed sax man Gilad Atzmon in an unusual collection of light orchestral covers of standards (and a few re-arranged Wyatt classics)....  (2011) » Read more

Listen & discover

Print issues