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SUITE MEXICANA

Iconoclasta

Jazz Rock/Fusion


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4 stars For the third release, ICONOCLASTA went and released an EP as a 7" disc. The disc has a small hole, like what's used for LPs, so you won't need any 45 adapter for your turntable to enjoy this. Also it plays at 33, rather than 45, meaning you get around 15 minutes of music total on this disc. Anyway, the music is a continuation of their previous two albums, maybe a little more '80s sounding than previous, but still unmistakably ICONOCLASTA, with the duo guitars of Ricardo Moreno and Ricardo Ortegon, the combination digital/analog keyboard setup of Rosa Moreno, the bass of Nohemi D'Rubin, and the drums of Victor Baldovinos.

The album starts off acoustic, deceptively sounding like traditional Mexican music (not mariachi), but after a couple minutes, the actual music kicks in, letting everyone know that this is ICONOCLASTA, one of Mexico's top prog bands. Without a doubt, the first half of the disc is the best, as the second half tends to drag on a bit (as often is the case of their music). Also this was included on the CD reissue by California-based prog label Art Sublime of their following release, "Soliloquio", so if you long gave up on LPs, then you can get this on CD.

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Posted Wednesday, May 12, 2004 | Review Permalink
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2 stars Pretty nice 15 minutes!

This time im reviewing an EP from one of the best and well known bands from my country, Iconoclasta released in 1987 a great album called "Soliloquio" (soon to be reviewed also) and this EP called "Suite Mexicana", nowadays we can find them together as one album, and even there are some bonus tracks which were not in the original Soliloquio.

"Suite Mexicana" has only 2 tracks, as i mentioned in the first line of this review, we are listening only to 15 minutes, for that simple reason the fact of giving to it 5 stars is impossible, also 4 stars are a lot for 15 minutes, i know we can love some epics and we would give 5 stars to any song, but im reviewing an EP.

The first track was named "Mestizaje" which starts with an acoustic guitar, very slow but suddenly some folkish and clear Mexican sounds are playing here, it is music that could be considered prehispanic and completely folk, that`s great because you can have a brief encounter with folk and typical mexican tunes, then the song changes to a symphonic melody, i could note immediately the guitar sound of Ricardo Moreno, i have said it in other reviews, he has a unique style and even the sound of Iconoclasta is unique here in Mexico at least, this song has a lenght of 7 minutes approx, it`s nice but not the best of the band.

"Revolucion en 6/8" is the other song which has 8 minutes of lenght, and it`s kind of the second part of Mestizaje, i said it because the beggining of the song sounds pretty similar with prehispanic music and then again the symphonic period, taking again the great guitar sound and also im sure that you could enjoy this time the keyboard work made by Rosa Moreno, actually all the members of Iconoclasta are excellent in each instrument, nowadays i admire so much drummer Victor Valdovinos, his playing is great and he shows it in this song., both songs have no vocals, so this is pure instrumental music, and exclellent music.

This is and EP, with 15 minutes, after all you could play this songs 4 times each one and have an hour of a proof of Iconoclasta`s music, but honestly i wouldn`t suggest that, you better try another albums, i mean some studio albums like their first three which are great.

I like the music here, but... it`s only for fans and collectors, so 2 stars!

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Posted Tuesday, October 31, 2006 | Review Permalink
Cesar Inca
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3 stars Iconoclasta released this EP before the completion of what would be their third LP "Soliloquio". The "Suite Mexicana" repertoire is virtually a 15 minute opus divided through both sides of the vinyl format. Both pieces bear different motifs but share an impetuous 6/8 tempo structure that links both to the very roots of Mexican Creole folklore. The link between 'Mestizaje' and 'Revolución en 6/8' is easily noticeable for the natural sequence from the former's fade-out and the latter's fade-in. 'Mestizaje (26-a-1)' kicks off with some soft acoustic guitar chords that anticipate the feeling of splendour and illumination portrayed by the full ensemble. The emergence of flute and additional percussions prove to be a crucial bridge to set this celebratory mood. It is the rhythm section that handles the most demanding job at sustaining the frame for this playful frenzy. 'Revolución en 6/8' pursues a similar mood but assumes a more pompous mood, especially in those passages in which the synths displays dazzling solos in a challenge against the lead guitar. It is when the lead guitar assumes the main melodic role that the overall sound become more candid and less epic. This EP shows Iconoclasta at their closest to the standards of prog-fusion, without giving up on their symphonic trend at all. This work is published on CD as a complement for "Soliloquios", a beautiful album to be reviewed somewhere else. The short duration of this item makes it not too essential in Iconoclasta's CV, but it makes a hell of an entry in the aforementioned CD edition.

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Posted Sunday, April 20, 2008 | Review Permalink
4 stars This is really a quite singular work, because, although t in "Mexican Suite" are present all of the elements rhythmic, melodic and instrumental characteristic of the sonority of the Mexican band ICONOCLASTA, as well as the virtuosity of their arrangements and individual executions. This EP sound as a type of "homage" to the traditional Mexican music. The track 1 "Mestizaje' it begins with a classical guitar solo that reminds the music "La Paloma", that in spite of it being composed by a Spanish musician (Sebastian Yradier) after he visited Cuba in 1861, became a quite popular musical theme in Mexico and later in the rest of the world , the music soon after, changes in a "festival theme' initiate for an percussion arrangement accompanied of "whistles", as that summoning the crowd for some event just as a parade or a fair in a central square of some Mexican village, actually in some moments you get to hear "Mariachi" playing their "Guitarróns and Vihuelas!" The track 2 is enough similar to the track 1 in his central theme, however with a midlle section where come vigorous electric guitar solos with "acid" synthesizers that takes the remaining of the music to something much closer of the symnphonic prog, returning to the initial theme. My rate is 4 stars!!!

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