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RUIDO DOMESTICO

kRé

Jazz Rock/Fusion


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Cesar Inca
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5 stars Kré is one of the most bizarre instrumental groups in the current world of prog: their music is certainly designed to be an acquired taste, but lovers of avant-garde jazz, RIO and Mel Collins era-KC are very likely to fall in love with this band even at first listen, since these sources are prominent influences in the forge of the band's musical style. As bold as I may sound, I find "Ruido Doméstico" a true prog masterpiece of our times. Occasionally it may remind us of "From Within"-era Anekdoten without the mellotrons, and some other times, of post-Wyatt Soft Machine, but generally speaking, these guys managed to come up with a sonic foundation of their own. The first two tracks are based on angular musical ideas arranged and delivered in a most exquisite manner, with a delicacy that does not hide, but recycles the inherent tension of the compositions in a most peculiar way - 'Primera Cortada' and 'Doro' are showcases for Kré's ability to perform weird harmonies on complex rhythm patterns without getting pompous. There is also something quite special in the way that all musicians manage interact with flawless fluidity. The presence of a guest saxophonist helps to enrich the melodic potentiality of the track in which this horn appears, while a more recurrent guest on electric piano assumes the role of reinforcing the constant jazzy cadence of the band's sound. Tracks 3 & 4 are less complex, even more relaxing, but never too conventionally pleasing. And nothing could get farther away from the rules of conventional pleasing than the title track, a wicked architecture of guitar soundscapes and dense low-key synth layers upon which shades of cello go floating by. all of it in an almost 7-minute span. This exercise in minimalism has got a definite nerve-craving twist, yet its disturbance is delivered with total finesse. 'Ilvico' contains some hints to Latin jazz (perhaps the most "optimistic" track in the album), while 'Sigiloso' keeps itself solidly rooted on jazzy ground. 'Champignon' is a delicious rockabilly-meets-charleston based number with a brief jazz-rock interlude and a massive psychedelic coda, which is actually a reprise of teh aforementioned interlude. The major appela of this track is that it portrays an aura of candorous joy in the rockabillly motif that is twice interrupted by the disturbingly rough interlude and coda, as if the yhad the specific mission to destroy the joy - wicked! The final track is also the longest one: the 10+ minute 'Ornamento' brings the most intense passages of the album. The powerful guitar riffs are effectively adorned by soprano sax and cello interventions at places, while the rhythm due keeps the languid tempo robustly, anchoring the track somewhere between hard rock and Crimson-oriented prog - awesome!. Let me conclude by reiterating that "Ruido Doméstico" is a genuine masterpiece, and as such it deserves the perfect ProgArchives rating.

[I dedicate this review to my Venezuelan brother Guillermo Paladino]

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Send comments to Cesar Inca (BETA) | Report this review (#35131)
Posted Friday, June 03, 2005 | Review Permalink
3 stars Attention - this is incredible instrumental electric fusion from Venezuela! Guitar-bass-drums trio with some excellent guests (cello, saxophone, Rhodes-electric piano, synthesizer).

KRé has maybe little musical relationship with Red-era King Crimson (sometimes Robert Fripp becouse of his soundscapes), Soft Machine... But the music sounds quite originally. Guitar sound, not playing, reminds me sometimes a bit Jeff Beck or Bill Frisell. Personally I have two real faves on this record: Ruido Domestico (athmospheric soundscape with cello and synth, no drums) and Ornamento (final monument with all guest-participants).

All in all - lovely and not tame music (3,5 stars really)!

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Send comments to Rainer Rein (BETA) | Report this review (#53577)
Posted Thursday, October 27, 2005 | Review Permalink
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4 stars KRE are an instrumental band from Venezuela who blend Psychedelic music with Jazz and pour a lot of atmosphere into it. Actually the songs that have a dark element to them are my favourites reminding me of ANEKDOTEN. This is complex stuff that takes a few listens to appreciate.

"Primera Cartada" is one of my favourites and the intro really got me excited the first time I heard it as it reminded me of the "Damnation" album by OPETH. Unfortunately it only lasts for a minute. We then get some sax melodies before some dissonant sounds 2 1/2 minutes come in. There is not a lot of melody at times during this song. "Doro" is a jazzy song that builds before 2 minutes to a climax, and the cymbals are prominant the rest of the way. "Tate Quieto" has a catchy melody of drums,cymbals,sax and bass. The electric piano takes a more prominant role later. "Onirica" is another favourite of mine. This one is a little darker with some terrific bass. There is a real ANEKDOTEN feel to this one.

"Ruido Domestico" is an experimental and spacey tune with some cello. "Ilvica" has a change of melody before 3 minutes that is beautiful. The guitar / drum soundscape is great ! "Sigiloso" is a jazzy tune led by drums and sax. "Champignon" features bass, drums and guitar that gets heavier 3 minutes in. Nice. "Ornamento" is another favourite of mine. The drums are excellent in this song. The sound is amazing 2 minutes in and afterwards. The guitar, drums and bass shine ! The tempo continues to change in this song from calm 5 minutes into an uptempo melody 8 minutes in.

For me this would have been so much better if the whole album was like the 3 songs I really liked. Still this is a challenging listen that is quite enjoyable. 4 stars.

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Posted Monday, July 30, 2007 | Review Permalink
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2 stars Prog releases are hard to come out of Venezuela,but here is a band that did well in the global prog scene.KRÉ were formed in 1999 in the capital of the country,Caracas,using a name coming from a poem of Antonin Artaud,meaning the lust for exploration and improvisation.The band performed at several gigs in Caracas since its formation, including theaters ,bars ,nightclubs ,universities ,even at museums.2002 is the year for KRÉ as they released their debut ''Ruido Domestico'' on Musical Mind.

STYLE: A weird blend of Jazz Rock,Fusion,Art Rock with even a touch of Post/Experimental music.''Ruido domestico'' is an all instrumental album,centered around the guitar work of Rubén D'Hers and his tight collaboration with Raúl Monsalve on bass and Hugo Mármol on drums.D'Hers performance has a lot in common with the mid-70's/early-80's Fripp's style,whle the album contains also extended improvisational parts with saxes on the front.Session performer José Gutierrez plays in the vein of 70's-era Chick Corea.Bass work is also very dynamic with Monsalve having his moments at parts of the album.The overall style turns to be contemporary Jazz-Prog with an intense experimental feeling,leaving the structures of the songs quite loose.

INFLUENCES/SOUNDS LIKE: Despite the obvious Fripp-ian influence,guitar work brings me to mind more of the modern Scandinavian bands like LIQUID SCARLET or Chileans TRYO and EXSIMIO.The loose saxes could be part of an early GONG or OUT OF FOCUS album,while the Fender Rhodes tunes are close to RETURN TO FOREVER's works.Add some obscure ambient passages here and there and you will have the result.

PLUS: Original and innovative music indeed,though the tracks differ at many points.Nice guitar work by D'hers,who seems to be the band's leader.A band with talent ,which seems to have a future potential.

MINUS: Plenty of soft parts without an evident reason of existence,at least to this extent.The electronic ambiences are of questionable creativity.The semi-structured songs are not my cup of tea,meaning a tight arrangement becomes suddenly an improvisation and the magic is totally lost.After four to five listenings the album becomes quite boring due mainly to the lengthy softer passages.

WILL APPEAL TO: Jazz Rock afficionados and people who don't mind their prog to have a slight experimental twist.

CONCLUSION/RATING: What I expect from a young prog band is to have personality...and KRÉ do have.This is unfortunately one of the rare occasions,where the music of a new and creative band didn't grab me at all.However the talent is there and I expect a more focused style on their sophomore effort...For the time being,2.5 stars is my rating.

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