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Magnum Vaeltaja
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4 stars 38 years later, and seemingly out of nowhere, Bubu is back.

"Anabelas" composer Daniel Andreoli has assembled a new team of young Buenos Aires musicians to carry on the musical tradition of the original 70's Bubu line-up, aiming to create complex, mood-shifting music, sometimes abrasive, sometimes ethereal. The music on "Resplandor" is very similar in feel and timbre to that on "Anabelas"; indeed, if you liked the first one, you'll like this one too. For those who are unaware of what Bubu sounds like, I'd recommend going with "Anabelas" first, but just know that the band can most easily be compared to King Crimson (Lizard or Larks' Tongues era) for its chaotic, often jazz-tinged soundscapes, or, for a more modern equivalent, Birds and Buildings, who shares a very similar compositional style.

"Resplandor" is very short, clocking in at less than the length of "El Cortejo De Un Dia Amarillo" and works best when listened to as a single suite. I won't get too detailed with a track-by-track but I do have to say that the second track "Omer" is currently my favourite, though all 3 have something unique to offer. The reason why I don't give "Resplandor" 5 stars, because the playing and compositional quality are certainly there, is just because the short length leaves you wanting for more. Though, to paraphrase a comment I read on Bubu's facebook page: "That's the point of an EP". All things considered, I'll give this new release 4 stars for containing some excellent prog that will hopefully hold us all over until Andreoli and the boys get around to making a full length album.

Magnum Vaeltaja | 4/5 |


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