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Melimelum biography
After the well known Argentinian folk rock duo Pedro y Pablo broke-up, Jorge Durietz, the artist formerly known as "Pablo", formed this interesting folk rock group, whose name is latin for honey apple, or quince.
Durietz composed all songs from their only LP, released in 1976, which featured relaxing songs with a gentle bossa nova flavor, highlighted by vocal harmonies, guitars (acoustic and electric) and flutes. Durietz wrote or co-wrote all the songs, which he dubbed "humanist romance". Arrangements were sensitively handled by Daniel Russo who also played bass and piano.

Flautist Fernando Gonzalez left after the album to study in the US, and the group began to work on a new album. The plan was that it would not be as acoustic as the debut. It never saw release, as perhaps the group's continued existence was extinguished by poor album sales on their debut.

Afterwards Durietz retired from music until the early 80s for Pedro y Pablo's successful comeback, which endured on and off until 1991, with both members concentrating on solo careers afterwards.

The sole Melimelum album is recommended to fans of the type of spare and deceptively simplistic folk prog that seems to be endemic to Argentina.

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Melimelum Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars In the 1970s, duos like PASTORAL and PABLO Y PEDRO give the impression that mildly psychedelic and care free folk music were as widespread in Argentina as everywhere else during that period. But Romance languages are particularly well suited to the genre and seem to possess an unfair advantage. With the sadly short-lived MELIMELUM, the ingredients attained an optimal blend more often than not - dual acoustic guitars, mellifluously jazzy lead guitar, syncopated bass, and harmonious plaintive vocals.

The best examples of MELIMELUM's sensuous concoctions are in "Matinal Surgimagico", the upbeat "Terrores Primales", which also incorporates sprightly flutes and playful percussion into its sunny 60s pop sensibility, and especially the brilliant "En El Otono", with a chanted chorus that will have you pulling your tongue off the floor. "Sol Amarillo" provides a fitting nightcap. Even the weakest material smacks of rather more of the same rather than anything remotely inept.

While it's decidedly mild mannered, this recording, like all such works from this period and place, cannot help but sound subtly subversive given the political climate, and MELIMELUM covers another base if your quest is an eclectic mix of "world" prog.


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