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Sintesis - Sintesis [Aka: En Busca De Una Nueva Flor] CD (album) cover




Prog Folk

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Easy Livin
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3 stars Putting Cuba on the map of prog

Released in 1978, this was Cuban rock band Sintesis's first album. Here we have an eclectic mix of various prog styles, including the harmonies of prog folk, the synth based atmospheres of symphonic prog, and hints of fusion and other genres.

The main basis for the tracks tends to be classically influenced piano or harpsichord with vocals in Spanish delivered by both male and female vocalists, sometimes in a choral setting. Tracks such as the opening "Nueve Ejemplares... NO Tan Raros" feature wispy floating synth among the diversity of sounds and styles. The general atmosphere of the album is relatively light and melodic, sometimes rooted firmly in traditional or pop styles. "Van A Encontrarnos" for example may well have been a successful hit single in their home country.

The mix of styles is perhaps most evident on "Primera Noche", which features a combination of Wakeman and Emerson like keyboards and Pentangle like vocals. This unique blend, together with Renaissance like harmonies, can be presented in a rather clumsy way at times, but the overall sound remains pleasing.

The partly instrumental "Somos La Flor" is a more confident synth driven number with a looser opening section leading to a harmonic vocal piece. "Poema" is soft piano and vocal number with synth strings. It is a more orthodox song but features some incisive guitar and pleasant harmonies.

The closing " En Busca De Una Nueva Flor" opens with an "Abaddon's bolero" like fanfare, before the ubiquitous piano signals the introduction of soft melodic vocals. The track is essentially a mix of orthodox ballad and prog synth. It sounds like it should not work, but the reality is it not only works, but works well.

In all, a rather unique album which blends what might appear to be disparate styles nicely, creating some interesting and enjoyable soundscapes.

At time of writing, Sintesis are one of just two bands from Cuba listed on this site. On the evidence of this album, we can hope for more fine music from that country.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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