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4.30 | 35 ratings | 4 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Sopla Viento Del Este (4:36)
2. Bounkam Rêverie (4:08)
3. Leilya (4:00)
4. Una Para Lars (3:57)
5. Suite Sendas De Ofir - En Ruta (1:39)
6. Suite Sendas De Ofir - White Bird (6:21)
7. Suite Sendas De Ofir - Sendas De Ofir (4:44)
8. Suite Sendas De Ofir - Oricalco (2:32)
9. Suite Sendas De Ofir - Oricalco Coda (2:28)
10. Aurelia Quiere Saber (2:23)
11. Sunda Stream (2:42)
12. Aguas Del Bagradas (4:18)

Total Time 43:46

Line-up / Musicians

- Ángel Ontalva / guitar, Turkish flute (9)

- Víctor Rodríguez / keyboards, melodica (10)
- Fran Mangas / saxophones
- Amanda Pazos Cosse / bass
- Toni Mangas / drums
- Pablo Ortega / cello (4)
- Salib / vocals (3)

Releases information

Artwork: Ángel H. Rodríguez Morales

CD OctoberXart Records ‎- ao01 (2012, Spain)

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ÁNGEL ONTALVA Mundo Flotante ratings distribution

(35 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
Good, but non-essential (20%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
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ÁNGEL ONTALVA Mundo Flotante reviews

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Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars Angel Ontalva is the lead guitarist for OCTOBER EQUUS, in fact everyone from that band is backing him up here except for their drummer. The music here is quite different though as Angel mentioned to me, this is more of a jazzy affair with a world music flavour while being more melodic and less dark than the parent band. PANZERPAPPA did come to mind if you want a comparable sound.

Things get started with "Sopla Viento Del Este" which has a melancholic vibe to it with lots of intricate sounds. This is one of my favourite tracks. Love the guitar that comes in after a minute then the sax replaces it and leads the way. Man when you really listen to all that's going on it's so impressive. Organ after 2 1/2 minutes takes the spotlight as the bass and drums continue to lay the foundartion. The guitar is back. It then ends as it began. Great tune ! "Bounkam Reverie" features horns and intricate drumming while the bass throbs. So much going on. Keyboards before 3 minutes. "Leilya" opens with intricate guitar and a melancholic atmosphere. Man this is such an amazing tune, and check out the electric piano before a minute. Again the music is adventerous and very interesting. Sax to the fore at 1 1/2 minutes. Some wordless vocal melodies a minute later give this a distinct world music flavour. Excellent ! "Una Para Lars" is more laid back and is such a "feel good" song. Some violin/cello in this one too.

Next we get the "Sendas De Ofir" suite which consists of five tracks. This is mellow and sax led early on then it picks up some as the jazzy flavour gets stronger. An atmospheric calm comes in before it picks back up. The title track of this suite is beautiful then lots of intricate sounds take over. The pace speeds up with sax out front before it calms back down with more atmosphere. The final section opens with picked guitar and flute which are both played by Angel. The flute truly is other- worldly here. A peaceful section ends the suite and it's so pleasant and calming. "Aurelia Quiere Saber" is a laid back and relaxing piece followed by "Sunda Stream" where things turn much more passionate. Great sound here that becomes almost bombastic at one point. It all ends with "Aguas Del Bagradas" which is dark with some cool sounding drum work as other sounds play over top. Organ leads before 3 minutes, then back to the tribal-like drumming and dark sound. A great way to end the album.

This is a record that really needs your full attention to be appreciated fully in my opinion. I'm so impressed with the style of music that Angel has composed here. It is complex yet melodic meaning most prog fans will really enjoy this.

Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars Spanish composer and musician Angel ONTALVA is perhaps best known as a central member of the Spanish band October Equus, but he has been involved in multiple side projects and collaborative productions in the last few years as well, in addition to establishing a solo career. "Mundo Flotante" is his first solo album, released in 2012.

Well thought and and well developed instrumental progressive rock with an arguable foundation in jazz rock seasoned with details and elements from avant-garde, symphonic, chamber and folk/world music is what Angel Ontalva provides us with on his debut solo production "Mundo Flotante". A vibrant, genre defying CD that merits a check by those fond of sophisticated, tight and innovative instrumental progressive rock, with a certain emphasis on the progressive aspect in progressive rock.

Latest members reviews

5 stars The Angel Ontalva's discography is a complex stuff, because he has a lot of albums under his own name (most of them only in digital download version) and even more as guitarist and main composer of the excelent spanish group October Equus. "Mundo flotante" is his first "conventional" album and, eve ... (read more)

Report this review (#1473379) | Posted by Daledebil | Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Amazing band that it's in the jazz rock fusion / Prog mold, with a sound sort of canterbury (think Phil Miller's In cahoots or a lighter Muffins Manna / Mirage era) WITH arabic influences for good measure. Warm analog sound through out. The almost laid back parts reminded me of another spanish band, ... (read more)

Report this review (#914640) | Posted by mhiraldo | Saturday, February 16, 2013 | Review Permanlink

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