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THE DUCKS AND DRAKES OF GUAPO AND CERBERUS SHOAL

Cerberus Shoal

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

1.83 | 8 ratings

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diddy
Prog Reviewer
2 stars 2.5 Stars accurately

Well, actually it's not a complete Guapo album. It's Guapo together with Cerberus Shoal, a very experimental kind of post rock band containing a great deal of minimalism. The Ducks and Drakes of Guapo and Cerebrus Shoal is the result of a collaboration of these two bands. The first song was completely made by Guapo, the second one by Cerberus Shoal and the third one is a sort of combination of the first two tunes.

Idios Kosmos is an enormous, 17 minute long drone. Unsearchable sounds billow like a waft of mist through your ears. Organ, cello and drums/percussion can be sounded out, the rest is almost indefinable. It reminds me a bit of Popol Vuh and Tangerine Dream I have to say. It's interesting but nothing really special. Please mind that there's no melody in this kind of music, just accumulation of sounds. A man who loved holes, perfomred by Cerberus Shoal is a bit different. Snatches of tape recordings, weirdly distorted computer voices over some kind of conglomeration of keyboard and synthesizer. Here and there you can hear some interposed nursery rhymes or folksongs, I'm also quite sure I heard some of them played backwards. Don't even try to find any patterns or structures here, I can assure you that you won't find any. The last track Kdios Iiosmos, He Two Loved Holes is, strictly speaking, a remix of the previous songs, combining elements of both tracks.

As concluding remark I'd like to point out that this release is not easy to dig. It's experimental, it's structureless and definitely challenging. I listened to it several times now and still find it hard not to turn it off after the first song. But I guess there may be people who appreciate the album. But I also know that there are several other prog fans disliking this kind of minimalism. I'm somewhere in-between and prefer other albums alike.

diddy | 2/5 |

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