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ESTACION DE SOMBRA

Nazca

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.24 | 30 ratings

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memowakeman
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4 stars RIO fans, pick this album!

Though I don't usually begin with those kind of statements, this time I want to bring the attention of people who loves Rock in Opposition, because besideds Decibel, Nazca is a Mexican RIO band which I feel very proud of, because they created a couple of albums of the most exquisite level. In 1985 this band released his first album, which I like a lot, and one year later they brought this wonderful record entitled "Estación de Sombra" where they show their skills at their best.

With nine compositions and a total time of 38 mintues, this album was very praised by the Mexican (and international) press, and also by the progressive rock fans. When you put the album, you will understand why. To open the album they put the title track, "Estación de Sombra" begins softly and gradually progresses, creating a dark atmosphere in moments but in other changing to a gentler sound. I love the piano and the violin especially. There are moments where the music will take you and wont let you go, believe me.

"Tragedia" as the name suggests, could work as a soundtrack for a tragedy, the music speaks for itself. Here a stronger bass sound appears, collaborating in the creation of a tension that will be heard throughout the song. "Espacios en Torno" is a shorter track whose piano work takes you to a drama film scene.

In "La Morgue", the music produces what again the title suggests; you can close your eyes and imagine people being there, in that not so comfortable place delivering dead bodies. Once again, I would like to remark the bass sound, which always puts that special flavor that the music needs. "Mangle" starts with a calm sound, but later piano, bass and oboe appear in order to build up new structures, I said it in pleural, because there are at least two. What the music here can do left me speechless, so again let it take you and you will be happy.

The diversity of elements found on "Deshueso" could please the strictest RIO fan, if you are into bands such as Henry Cow or Art Zoyd, then you will enjoy this album for sure. Once again I have to remark both, the bass and piano sounds. "En la Cuerda Floja" is a violin- oriented track, well at least in the first moments, because later it stops and other instruments appear. Though I would not think this adjective is the correct, I would say this track is entertaining.

"Ipecacuana" has an excellent piano sound that emerges from nowhere and tells something, the violin appearing here and there brings a superb characterization to the music. It later stops, and begins to build the structure again, with that inherent nervousness that some RIO acts can share. And the last song is "Nadja", with bassoon (as in the entire album), cool violin sound and nice percussion. This song completes the album, each single track could be a nice example of what Nazca is about, all of them work together as a team and created a strong album that I would recommend to all the RIO fans. My final grade is four stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |

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