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AL FILO

Jose Luis Fernandez Ledesma

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.96 | 11 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars It's difficult to grasp how much talent Fernandez Ledesma has. This man can do it all, and he has his sidekick Margarita Botello helping out as usual with ethnic instruments, vocals and synths. This album surprised me because of how different it is from other albums of his i've heard, and I have several. This is at times very dark and haunting, almost like a soundtrack to a horror movie. It's not all like that but this record is very haunting for the most part. This is the kind of album that you can get lost in. If you have a good imagination you can put the headphones on and be transported to different places and worlds. There is some really good affects and atmosphere which is a credit to Ledesma.

"Las Siete Columnas" opens with this dark and haunting atmosphere. Percussion and voices 2 1/2 minutes in. Scary stuff. A melody of sorts arrives after 4 1/2 minutes as the spooky mood continues. It's spacey before 8 minutes and then these voices come in a minute later to end it. "Presencias" features acoustic guitar playing throughout. Beautiful yet sad. "Oniromante" opens with vocal melodies and acoustic guitar? Flute and other sounds join in. Percussion after 2 1/2 minutes. It settles after 4 minutes with an ethnic instrument and acoustic guitar-like melodies. "Espejismo" is eerie with these violin-like sounds as other sounds join in and come and go. Very atmospheric and haunting. Brilliant. "El Triangulo" is like a song from a horror movie soundtrack. Haha, this will freak you out. "Ojo De Venado" sounds great with the acoustic guitars, flute and synths. Drums 2 1/2 minutes in and there's so much going on.

"Las Cuatro Imagenes" is the over 24 1/2 minute epic. It's haunting early with sounds that echo and other sounds including vocal expressions. Water sounds 3 1/2 minutes in. Sax before 7 minutes. The water sounds are back then they stop around 11 minutes as it gets spooky. A rhythm 13 1/2 minutes in with vocal melodies and intricate sounds. Nice. It starts to let up around 20 minutes until the rhythm stops completely. It's haunting again. The sound gets really loud to end it. "El Enyerbao" features percussion and other ethnic sounds. It gets noisy 2 1/2 minutes in then settles back again.

This really is a mind trip that has to be heard to be believed.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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