Sales de Baño — Geometria del Vinculo
(Buh Records BR110, 2019, LP / DL)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2019-10-13
Geometría del Vínculo translates to ‘Geometry of the Bond’ in English, and is a wholly appropriate title for this, the third album by Buenos Aires based six-piece avant-rock-math-jazz outfit that is at once explorative, melodic, and experimental. Their music is colorful, originative and complex, certainly worthy of the the most ambitious listeners among us. While they are based in Argentina’s capital city, they are actually an international band led by Colombian composer and bassist Carlos Quebrada, who drives the band down this adventurous road with aplomb, well beyond the realms of the ordinary, and unafraid to dig deep into the difficult regions of complexity. The other five members include trumpeter Agustín Zuanigh, flutist Camilo Ángeles, drummer Federico Isasti, electric guitarist Mariano Cepeda, and lastly Andrés Marino on piano, keyboards, and electronics. While some of the eight cuts appear to embrace free improvisation, like “Primer Temblor Parte I,” the astute listener will soon realize that the entire piece is scored to sound like improvisation, indeed too perfect to be anything other. Most of the pieces embrace some elements of math rock and jazz, and perhaps RIO (whatever that means this week) — certainly one can hear the same precision of bands like Univers Zero in the ten minute two-part “Confiamos en el Veneno,” and angular math-rock presented in a jazz idiom throughout the opener “Asu” and the follow-on title track, and in the closer “Mono” one will hear beautiful melodic tenderness not unlike some of Zappa’s orchestral-leaning moments. The band is truly charting their own path through an uncommon forest of hairpin turns and surprising twists. At times I am reminded of the earliest albums by the experimental Chilean triple-sax fronted band Akinetón Retard, although there are no saxes here, and a lot less improvisation overall, the overall spirit of their sound is essentially the same: challenging, powerful, and yet very listenable.
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