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LA DANSA DE LES RATES

L' Herba d'HamelÝ

 

Prog Folk

3.31 | 4 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars This is the first ever review of a L Herba D Hameli album in the ProgArchives.

I better use some time on describing their music too. L Herba D Hameli is not a run-of-the- mill folk rock band. Although they have one foot in the Prog Folk category, the other foot is all over the place. This band is truly a progressive band and it's inclusion in PA is more than justified.

La Dansa De Les Rates is their debut album and a good one too. The music here can be compared to Jethro Tull. I guess the music here is also very influenced by Katalan folk music, although I do not know this scene so I do not know. But there are some music here I cannot pinpoint and I guess it is their local folk music. This makes the album stronger in my view. Jazz and fusion is the third major influence on this album.

The music is a mix of pastoral folk, jazz, and rock. There are some heavy Jethro Tull like guitar and flute riffs here. There are also a lot of acoustic guitars and excellent vocals here too. The last third element on this album is long jazz like instrumental passages. The music is also full of contrasts with heavy guitars and flutes following pastoral pieces. The main instruments is acoustic and electric guitars, flute, bass and drums. The music is also supported by cello, mandolin and organ. The sound is mostly organic, acoustic. The vocals is excellent in the meaning of "fitting to this music".

The quality is superb throughout. Both Entreacte (part 1 and part 2) is excellent. The same can be said about La dansa de les rates and La canšˇ de la cobdÝcia. The rest of the album is superb too. There is no doubt that this album (and their other albums) is gems just waiting to be dug out from the fertile grounds of Catalonia. This album is a free (legal) download from their homepage and it is highly recommended. I rate this album very highly and gives it four stars.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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