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LAS OREJAS Y LA LENGUA

RIO/Avant-Prog • Argentina


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LAS OREJAS Y LA LENGUA is one of the most accomplished art-rock bands to come out of Argentina in recent times. They have caught the attention of many prog e-zines, although they don't usually feel comfortable with the "progressive" term (nor with the "RIO" label). Anyway, their challenging mixture of jazz-rock, psychedelic rock, RIO-like avant-garde, musique concrete, fusion and electronic experimentation has been translated into two impressive albums in the early 2000s, La Eminencia Inobjetable and "Error".
LOYLL's inception dates back in 1992, as a pop-rock outfit actually. In the following two years, keyboardist Diego KAZMIERSKI and flutist Rogelio CORTE augment the band's sound, and gradually, the musical offer becomes more complex and weirder, with more room for improvisational-based ideas. Their first album was recorded as a stable quintet in 1996, but it could only be released in 2002, when the band had already undergone some serious line-up changes. Reviews were highly positive in the Internet (mostly), but back home, the band was going through a critical phase, with the flutist and guitarist Gastón "Gato" LEIRA leaving their spots. As a quartet, with new flutist Diego SUÁREZ in the fold and LEIRA being unreplaced, LOYLL recorded and released their sophomore album in 2003, receiving as much praise as the debut. In comparison, the band's sound had become a bit harsher and with less fusion elements, still refreshing and well-crafted. In 2005, the band became a quintet again with the addition of violinist Juan BISSO. The featured presence of this instrument in the band's renewed format is a clear sign of LOYLL's intentions to keep on reinventing themselves along the way.

Highly recommended to genuine appreciators of RIO, Canterbury, avant-prog and jazz-rock with a strong experimental component.

--César Inca Mendoza Loyola--

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3.57 | 6 ratings
La Eminencia Inobjetable
2002
4.68 | 15 ratings
Error
2003

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 La Eminencia Inobjetable by OREJAS Y LA LENGUA, LAS album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.57 | 6 ratings

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La Eminencia Inobjetable
Las Orejas Y La Lengua RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Avant Prog Argentinians Las Orejas y la Lengua started from Buenos Aires, reputedly keyboardist Diego Kazmierski was the founding member.The band recorded an album back in 1996, but apparently they were unable to find a contract under a label to release it.In 2002 the new-born Viajero Inmovil Records decided to give the band a chance and, although the line-up was now vastly different, the 1996 album was released under the title ''La eminencia inobjetable''.

The work follows the serious path of RIO/Avant Prog music, where all members contribute rather equally in 13 short tracks, and is filled with a variety of different sounding ideas, ranging from dark and haunting atmospheres to more mellow and elegant pieces, exploring unrelated eras like Chamber Music, Jazz-Rock, traditional Folk, light Symphonic Rock and even a touch of Ambient/Trip-Hop.Reasonable enough the listener tries to figure out a way to follow the listening from the start to the very end, which is quite hard, but all isolated tracks have a good quality with some lovely themes met throughout.You can find pieces with KING CRIMSON- esque heavy guitar blowouts and piano dissonances, tracks with a strong Symphonic/Jazz- Rock flavor ala FOCUS with great electric guitar and flute work, deep Chamber Music moods, pure inharmonic and disturbing guitar/bass-based RIO and even sound effect and drum programming exercises by Kazmierski himself with an evident Trip-Hop vibe.Some cuts are trully magnificent with beautiful interplays and a touch of harmony but the high deegree of difficulty regarding the pieces inbetween prevents the listener from fully enjoying the album.

An album with plenty of decent ideas but a Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde approach, regarding the style of musicianship chosen.Still a pretty enjoyable release, close to the likings of the majority of prog followers.Recommended.

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 Error by OREJAS Y LA LENGUA, LAS album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.68 | 15 ratings

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Error
Las Orejas Y La Lengua RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Cesar Inca
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars Argentinian avat-rock prodigy band Las Orejas y la Lengua gave a peculiar titile to their sophomore album, "Error": it means 'mistake' in Spanish, but let me tell you from stage one that this album is the opposite of a mistake, it is more an inspired accomplishment in versatile, adventurous music not deprived of dynamics nor captivating colorfulness. Besides the title, another paradox is the fact that this album was conceived when the band was undergoing its most severe crisis (defections in the line-up and a certain loss of momentary cohesion between the remaining members) and recorded when the band had just decided to move on. Yet, the display of energy and inventiveness as comprised in the album's repertoire reveals a band full of strength and stamina. The band's sound, in many ways, follows the trend initiated in the debut album, particularly the taste for combining jazz-rock, RIO and fusion in a mysteriously ethereal sonic whole. One thing for sure, he fusion aspect has been a bit diminished, since the departed guitarist was the mai nresponsible for the infusion of tango-inspired textures in some of the first album's tracks. Bassist Nicolás Diab added guitar duties in teh album, mostly providing rhythmic adornments more related to teh standardized sonorities of post-rock and experimental pop-rock than to fusion. There is also a noticeable amount of dense, spacey elements in the keyboard input all throughout the album, which leads the band to flirt ostensibly with krautrock in places. So, all in all, this albums happens to become as colorful as the debut, but in a compeletly differente direction, concentrating the colors in order to priorize density and mystery, not making them expand themselves so much. It looks as if this music had been designed to reflect the melancholy and struggle that the band had to face during the recent crisis: in perspective the, as a finished product, listening to this album could be the soundtrack to a catharsis necessary to face a new time. New flutist Diego Suárez, while not appearing on all tracks, has definitely become a major force in the band (having previously been a guest session musician for th debut album's bonus track). So, how is the repertoire per se? The album kicks off quite playfully with 'Eufórico Tribilín', with the flute assuming the leading role for the whole quartet in a folly mixture of old-fashioned Canterbury and Art Bears. A very similar vein is pursed by the following track 'Suricata', with the jazz factor being enhanced enough as to allow the musicians expand the most improvisational segments without losing a single inch of focus on the development of the main themes. In many ways, this track incarnates what RIO would be if it had augmented humor and only a slight dose of somber vibe - a highlight, indeed. 'Leandra' is a relatively short travel through calmer ambiences, based on the interaction between bandora and soft electric guitar, with the whole ensemble minus flute keeping pertinent pace with the track's languid nature. So, no room for experimentation here? Well, yes... in the shape of light dissonances somewhere in the middle: this track would certainly have fit in the quietest parts of a Faust or Neu! album. 'Norma' persists in this thread of languid melancholy with more noise, creating a moderately disturbign hybrid of Cocteau Twins, Art Bears and Sonic Youth. While not being patently impressive, it is in a more subtle level. 'Verónica G.' (which I assume as dedicated to the memory of Veronia Guerin) sets a crossroad between your regular post-rock and Scandinavian school retro-prog: its features synth layers create a foggy, dreamy atmosphere, while the rhythm section builds a properly delicate scheme for the track's development. The flute lines, well, they're simply magical, almost surreal. 'Hermanas Colgantes' will follow a similar style, keeping the eerie and increasing the tension in some selected segments, which gives more room for the flute to elaborate its lines. 'Ahora Sí, Chau' has a duet of mandola and bandora complemented by somber, minimalistic synth layers in the background... and ultimately, a ping-pong ball: talking about the influence of futuristic chamber in LOYLL's here's a powerful proof of that. 'Disposable Blood Oxigenator' is a sort of compilation of the combined spirits of tracks 3, 4 and 7. 'La Autopsia de Sandoval' is a sequel of a track from the debut album, retaking one of its main motifs and giving it extra brightness with the added new themes: this track bears a similar spirit to that comprised in the album's first two tracks, revealing once again that one of these guys' forte is to mutually create "disorganized" freedom without falling into chaos. The closure 'Córdoba, Óscar' is a cryptic exercise on krautrock-meets-post-rock jamming, combined with samples of people saying Córdoba's name and their own. The processed sounds of piccolo add a weri peculiarity to the surrealistic overall ambience. I interpret this trick as a celebration of the individual not getting lost in a multitude that they're part of. I would also regard this sentence as a definition of what LOYLL is all about: group creation with uncompromised respect for the random individual input yet, in some magical way, focused and engineered. "Error" is a masterpiece-quality gem of contemporary experimental rock, and I regard it as a prog- rock gem... and Idon't care if the musicians involved more or less hate the 'prog' word...

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 La Eminencia Inobjetable by OREJAS Y LA LENGUA, LAS album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.57 | 6 ratings

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La Eminencia Inobjetable
Las Orejas Y La Lengua RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Cesar Inca
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars This was the album that put Las Orejas y la Lengua on the map, catching the attention of all avant-rock fans worldwide and scaring away all prog-fans who only love their music a bit adventurous - definitely, LOYLL's music is one that selects its own audience as it exposes to the ears of the world. Definitely, Las Orejas y la Lengua has to be the most impressive Argenitnian ensemble nowadays. The band's offer is essentially experimental, but including enough colorfulness and musicality as to sound genuinely refreshing and versatile - the combination of avantgarde jazz, RIO, fusion and electronic experimentation sets the style's core, ornamenting it with elements of funk, tango and artsy pop-rock, all slight but noticeable. This strategy makes LOYLL's mucis fit the avant-prog shceme, although it is mostly desgined to challenge chategorization. This whole catalogue (except for the bonus track) had been recorded back in 1996, but after failed negociations with Cuneiform and a long critical period after the departure of Leiras and Corte that almost resulted in the band's demise, it finally could be released and distributed in the early 2000's. The albums kicks off with 'Así Suena Tus Ojos', based on evocative, subtle moods provided by the duet of guitar and processed flute, combined with a powerful interlude with a stronger RIO orientation, delivered with controlled delicacy and led by the interaction between guitar, bass and drum kit. Track 2 'Las Mil y Una Formas de Acabar con la Tragedia de Occidente' exhibits a jeering attitude, properly conveyed by the cheerful chorale that sings the urge to overcome the Enlightenment's delusions of grandeur. The playfulness of this Nietszchean manifesto (which doesn't take itself too serioudly, indeed) is enhanced by the funky colors tha tappear in teh mid section. 'Guaresimia' displays a well-adjusted set of successive motifs, alternating the influences from Canterbury and Henry Cow, until the closing section delivers a hint to 20th Century chamber, showing off its deceiful simplicity. It's such a great thing tha tthe albums gets started with such three highlights, but I personally wonder if these tracks couldn¡t have been a bit longer (especially, track 1 and 3...). Later on, 'Saltar y Brincar' and 'Gastando las Vacaciones Limpiando Casas' will carry on prolonging the overall spirit of tracks 1-2, solidly reinforcing the contrasts between the varipus motifs and having the lead guitar sound a bit rougher. Once again, it is a pity that track 5 isn't longer so its sonic power would be more thoroughly exploited. 'Fugaz en la Ciudad Antigua' is an excercise on mystery and contemplation: a nocturne tha texpands itself upon the noise of thundering rain, with the mandolin and bandora filling the echoes of raindrops, the flute and flugelhorn adding tenuous colors, and the synth layers bringing a cloud of minimalistic serenity. 'Teletito' is the most cheerful track in the album: actually a cover of a Rodolfo Alchourrón track (a legendary fusion guitarst from Argentina), LOYLL keeps the original mood itact while adding some special dissonant ornaments in a very careful manner. Tracks 5 and 8 are brief electronic instrumentals, probably executed by one member only (either Diab or Kazmierski): they serve as interludes of computerized minimalism. 'Tratado' is a simple jam based ona pop-oriented sequence of rhythm acoutic and electric guitars: its low-profile development makes it keep an eerie tone. The highest levels of compelxity and bizarre attitude are comprised in 'Ignacio' and 'Irremediable Muerte del Sr. Sandoval y Su Chica la Sodomita'. The former shows us LOYLL at their densest, while the latter is focused on mixing candid Latin-fusion cheerfulness and somber neurosis (almost Crimsonian) in a paradoxical, yet effective musical contiunuum. One year later, for their second album, the band will do a sequel of this track, also using the Sandoval name in its title. The closer 'Igual que Ayer o Peo'r is a brief epilogue that would have made Henry Cow or Art Bears very proud, with its bizarre management of the dialogues between instruments whose lines apparently feel mutually disjointed. A great closer, with an abrupt ending (much too soon!) that adds some more tension to the fold. "La Eminencia Inobjetable" is a faithful testimony of what LOYLL was during its first era, and given the talent and deep intelligence contained in these musicians, no wonder that it turned out to be such an amazing avant-rock gem for the new millennium - 4 to 4.5 stars for this one. Las Orejas y la Lengua is a real progressive hero of our times.

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