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DALTONIA

Eclectic Prog • Chile


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DALTONIA is a prog-rock band from Chile that can be an exciting modern listen for fans of this genre. With good years of work 'n' play behind (unfortunately marked in the middle by a hiatus), the band currently has two albums to offer, two different musical accomplishments describing two different times and almost two different bands, but meld into describing, benefically, the major styles or art-rock and space rock, with a bit of so-called new prog, expressive or temperamental South-American glam and impressions of symph-rock, in the classic or blurry vein.

Cristian Céspedes is the founder and main artist of DALTONIA, plus the key figure thanks to which DALTONIA survived from 1998 to this day, especially in the couple of years that meant the break. Though basically playing keyboards and singing the lyrical and vocal parts of the music, Cristian is definitely the personality who laid the ground for DALTONIA's essence, influence and orientation, overviewing the compositions and arrangements, plus always drawing ideas from a variety of sources. So happened in 1999, when the preparation for a debut took Cristian a long time and was finally hashed in a good state of art. The original band was formed of Cristian Céspedes as vocalist, Carlos Gonzalez V. on bass and guitarist, Pablo Baigorrotegni H. on guitars and...Christian Céspedes O. on drums. The debut was called "Observador de un Uni-verso", containing both the fresh opening and the already mature style of a rock music.

The second half of 1999 was a period of concerts, throughout theaters, pubs and universities, the glitter of these performances having good chemistry and attractiveness. The break-off started the next year, when the rehearsal grew inconsistent, Cristian needed new inspiration and the powerful mojo of the previous years vanquished inexplicably. Cristian moved or traveled to Europe, especially Barcelona, his new artistic directions being literary ones. Having collaborated intensely with poet and composer Milton Albornóz, as well as Juan Malmierca, 2001-2005 was for Cristian Céspedes a long period of writing literature or composing musical selections.

DALTONIA reformed in 2006-2007, when, while traveling back to Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile, Cristian and his two friends started integrating their ideas into a new rock project, which to seclude hints of concept and social reflections along a fresh line of expressive and progressive styles. The new album was finished in...
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2.96 | 7 ratings
Observator de un Uni-verso
1999
2.00 | 2 ratings
Fragmentos de un viaje
2007

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 Observator de un Uni-verso by DALTONIA album cover Studio Album, 1999
2.96 | 7 ratings

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Daltonia Eclectic Prog

Review by Cesar Inca
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3 stars More than a proper band, Daltonia is a musical project led by Keyboardist Christián Céspedes (also in charge of vocal duties) - he doesn't sing but speaks the lyrics (alternatedly written by himself and Leonardo Véjar), in this way reinforcing the idea of Daltonia as a combination of music and poetry. Daltonia's debut album "Observador de un Uni-verso" is a conceptual work based on a critical reflection upon the development of humankind in the cosmos, with a particular emphasis on his destructive side. The Spanish division of the word Universe signals the prefix 'Uni' as an indication of nostalgia for lost unity and lost integrality. The album kicks off with the first 'Observador del Universo': the atmospheric ambiences set by the predominant keyboard layers and sustained slow tempo take the listener through contemplative moods. The WYWH-era Pink Floyd heritage is clear: the compositional ideas focus on atmospheres rather than on melodies, yet remaining powerful and appealing. 'Luz, Asombro, Obscuridad', while starting in a similar vein to the opening track, soon takes a more epic trend when it intorudces some interesting tempo shifts to create an almost Genesian climax. The closing section returns to the Floydian camp, pergaps more related to Ocean-era Eloy. The beautiful acoustic guitar solo instrumental 'Cascada' allows Baigorrotegui display his academic skills and pay homage to Steve Hackett (in fact, this piece quotes a few passages from 'Black Light', one of Hackett's emblematic classical guitar pieces). With its 10 minute span, '¿Es Hora?' is the album's longest number. It is also the most accomplished piece compositionally, demanding a bigger dose of punch from all instrumentalists: the interactions are very well ordained, making the band's overall sound bear a tremendous organic feel. The slower section bring back the cosmic vibe of the first two tracks' spacey trend. Things get more Foydian than ever with 'Retorno a Kadiem', including a heavily Gilmour-esque guitar lead and the most powerful keyboard textures in the album. Arguably, this is the apex of the album's spacey side. 'Kiñe We Mapu Ta Ñi Yalalun' is very peculiar: with lyrics in mapudungun (or mapuche, a native Chilean language), this track starys a bit away from the dominant space-prog tendency and makes a stand on ethno-rock territory. The alternating guitar and synthesizer solos keep things fluid in a progressive point of view, although I may object the fact that the rhythm duo doesn't explore enough the full potential of the track's basic cadences. Maybe a major presence of percussion instruments would have served to make a fuller approach to the piece's basic idea, but well again... maybe it's just me... This track's explicit energy is very pertinent as a prelude to the return to cosmic languid ambiences incarnated in the second 'Observador del Universo', which is the album's epilogue. In comparison, this closing track bears a more powerful vibe than the opening one. This Daltonia album, while not being an essential progressive work, should definitely appeal to avid fans of post- Meddle Pink Floyd and 76-80 Eloy (among others). Just to mention another Chilean band with heavy doses of spacey influences, RU-Kaiser delivers a more interesting musical concept, but this shouldn't deter us from appreciating Observador de un Uni-verso as what it is, a very pleasant item of current prog-rock.

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