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Live, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Nuestros Secretos Más Hediondos (6:48)
2. Siquiatras (3:57)
3. Último Suspiro (8:24)
4. Ligera (6:27)
5. Bestias (6:01)
6. Esa Húmeda Burbuja (4:03)
7. Tara'n Da (5:02)
8. Dejen Entrar a esas Chicas que Aumentan el Consumo (5:49)
9. Flotante (6:56)
10. Bichos (7:28)
11. Ujú (8:15)

Total Time: 69:14

Line-up / Musicians

- Camilo Acevedo / guitar
- Patricio Cortés / guitar
- Leonardo Cortés / bass guitar
- Felipe Morros / drums

Releases information

Independently released
Debut album

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Review by Cesar Inca
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4 stars With their eponymous debut album, Chilean quartet Flotante set an accurate, frontal manifesto of what their instrumental offering is all about. This album was recorded live during two separate concerts (June '01 and April '02) at the same gig, Sala Musicámara at Valparaíso University. The sound production's quality is irregular, but it sure does reveal the power and vision that establish Flotante as an important asset in their own country's experimental prog rock scene. Their style is based on the combination of Belew-era KC, the heavy prog vibe of compatriots Exsimio and Tryo, Primus, math-rock (a-la Don Caballero), and contemporary jazz-rock. 'Nuestros Secretos Más Hediondos' kicks off with solid, monolithic bass lines that soon come augmented by the dual guitars and the drum kit, in a catchy crescendo that leads towards the main body. The riffs and rhythmic dynamics keep things quite catchy. This entry is succeeded by an even more powerful 'Siquiatras', where the band explores their panache for complexity in an agile mixture of jazz- rock, technical prog-metal and funk. 'Último Suspiro' is mostly inspired on the archetype of 80s KC (not unlike Exsimio, and indeed, it is a very recurrent point of reference for many current prog bands from Chile). Things turn into more delicate ambiences with 'Ligera', an exercise on melodic jazz-funky that maybe wouldn't have been out of place in an Akkerman's solo album from the 80s (sans a guitar solo). 'Bestias' gets started in a similar vein, but this time the funk factor is not the main feature but a pillar for the exhibition of spacey sounds delivered by clever guitar interplays. The guitar solos are quite dreamy, and still punchy at the same time: in fact, in those moment when they emphasize the punchy element, they get a bit closer to the stoner trend. 'Esa Húmeda Burbuja' is a warm, introverted trio of all stringed instruments, which kina of serves as an appealing prelude to 'Tara'n Da', which brings back the fire Flotante-style: i.e., combining modern KC, Primus and standardized math-rock. 'Dejen Entrar a esas Chicas que Aumentan el Consumo' (Spanish for 'Send In Those Girls that Motivate Raising Sales') flaunts its joyful title and sets an extroverted example of sophisticated hard rock, closely related to LZ and 70s Jeff Beck. 'Flotante' and 'Bichos' enhance the surreal aspect of Flotante's ideology, very psychedelic indeed, with a creative use of guitar effects and atmospheres - none of these two pieces would have felt out of place in their second (and superior) effort "En la Agitación", had they incorporated more heavy prog elements in them. Finally, the album ends with 'Ujú', a funk-based jam upon which a very Frippian guitar lead flows in the air in a very mysterious manner, moderately disturbing, mostly adding weird colors to the rhythmic foundation. All in all, this is a very good record, 70 minutes of punchy, inventive prog rock. More objectively speaking, something more accomplished and structurally richer was yet to come in their 2006's album "En la Agitación" - anyway, this "Flotante" album is much better than just good, and so is the band.
Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars Heavy Prog is the perfect description for this band from Chile. Two lead guitarits, a bass player and a drummer create heavy all instrumental music. The bass and drums are very prominant giving this band a lot of weight to throw around. This is their debut, a live album recorded from two different shows(10 months apart) at the same University.Tracks 2, 3, 8, 9,10 and 11 are from the first show, while tracks 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are from the second show.This band is a hard one to get imformation on, unless you speak Spanish of course.

Things start off with "Nuestros Secretos Mas Hediondos" as the same bass line is played over and over until 2 1/2 minutes in when the power is amped up as guitars and drums arrive. It becomes even more powerful after 5 minutes. "Siquiatras" is mostly the lead guitars ripping it up as the drums pound away. "Ultimo Suspiro" is the longest track and the best so far, I really like the sound they create on this one. Nice tasteful guitar solo after 5 1/2 minutes. Excellent track with a Post-Rock flavour. "Ligera" is best described as fresh, like a new day. Very uplifting. "Bestias" opens with feedback that i'm sure caused a few members in the audience to wince. The guitar is fantastic on this one as it grinds away. It gets quite heavy after 2 minutes and later after 4 1/2 where the guitar screams. The drumming is outstanding. This is one of my favs.

"Esa Humeda Burbuja" is about as mellow as this band gets as gentle guitar melodies are beautifully played. Great track. "Tara'n Da" is noisy and one of my least favourites. "Dejen Entrar A Esas Chicas Que Aumentan El Consumo" kicks into gear before a minute. Some excellent guitar melodies and solos. Even a bass solo after 2 minutes.This is an unpredictible song with a barn-burner of an ending. "Flotante" features this floating(haha) melody with some experimental moments thrown in. We're cooking 5 1/2 minutes in with a nice heavy sound. "Bichos" has to be my favourite on here. After some strange opening sounds we get a mellow but catchy rhythm. Check it out 3 1/2 minutes in ! Great heavy sound with some scorching guitar playing over top. Nice. "Uju" opens with a pleasant guitar melody that is replaced by some fat Zeuhl-like bass lines.The song seems to get better as it plays out. Some standout guitar after 2 1/2 minutes followed by a spacey passage a couple of minutes later along with more huge bass lines. This goes on for some time thankfully. Great sound.

This just keeps getting better and better. A solid 4 star record. Another incredible band from Chile to check out.

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