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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I was shocked like every one else I'm sure when it was announced that BUBU had released some new material in 2016. The last we heard from them was with their 1978 masterpiece called "Anabelas" which is a top ten album for me for that year. Now this is just a 15 1/2 minute EP but I'm hoping it's just a teaser for a new full length album. The crazy thing is that there's not one member playing on this new EP called "Resplandor" that was on "Anabelas". The connection though is one Daniel Andreoli who composed and arranged all the music on "Anabelas" he just didn't play on it. Here he again is the composer but he also plays bass and he's gathered some young musicians from Argentina of course to play his music. We get two guests adding keyboards and flute while the main band features violin and sax along with the usual instruments.

"Resplandor" is my favourite track even though it's the shortest. I was a little excited the first time I heard the start of this song with the energy and the flute over top. So good! A calm follows with solo slicing violin just before a minute then the sax joins in. Another calm follows with flute, sax and a beat. Love the laid back guitar 1 1/2 minutes in then they hit us hard again at 2 minutes. Another calm with violin then it kicks in again before solo slicing violin returns late. Great track.

"Omer" is relaxed with laid back guitar to start. It does start to build a minute in including some fine bass then the violin comes in over top before 2 minutes. Sax and flute then comes to the fore then the guitar starts to solo over top. It's laid back 4 minutes in with violin and it stays mellow as the sax replaces the violin then both play over top. "(Se Ponga El) Cielo Negro" has this cool sounding intro with some excellent bass lines and flute along with a determined rhythm section. Some aggressive guitar before 1 1/2 minutes and check out the organ before 2 minutes. A calm with violin follows then a minute later it turns darker with flute, so good. A driving rhythm section takes over 4 minutes in with flute, then sax takes over quickly. It ends with angular guitar, flute and that darker sound.

That adventerous spirit is certainly still here and while this doesn't compare to "Anabelas" for a number of reasons, it still makes a great companion to that album and it will sit next to it on my shelf. Check out this band!

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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