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ALEJANDRO MATOS

Crossover Prog • Argentina


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Alejandro MATOS is an Argentina born and based composer and multi-instrumentalist, with the guitar as his main instrument. He has been highly moved and intrigued by music from his early childhood, and the art of creating music and playing music has been a central part of his existence for many years.

His involvement in actual performing and recording were limited though, until he formed his first band in 1990, and subsequently joining a cover band when his own folded. In 1993 he settled in Buenos Aires to study music. Besides studying Matos got involved in a multitude of band projects in the following years, which also continued being the situation after his school tenure ended.

It became clear as time passed by that Matos had a need to create his own material, that he had music and lyrics that needed to be created and issued by his persona rather than as a part of a band entity. This has lead to the creation of four solo ventures from his hand so far: Lo que qeda in 2000, Incendio in 2004, Persona in 2006 and finally Freak in 2009.

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Lo que qeda
2000
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Incendio
2004
3.16 | 17 ratings
Persona
2006
3.67 | 16 ratings
Freak
2009

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 Freak by MATOS, ALEJANDRO album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.67 | 16 ratings

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Freak
Alejandro Matos Crossover Prog

Review by Sheavy
Collaborator Progressive Electronic Team

4 stars My first album by Argentinian singer/songwriter Alejandro Matos. This record is very, very dark and at times the music has a almost unsettling feel to it. That does not make this a bad record, but it is not recommended if you need something to get you happy.

The first thing that struck me was Matos's guitar playing. it is my favorite thing about this album really, and he really has a penchant for good post rock like atmosphere and sharp, enticing guitar solos. The addition of an organ is also a realy nice touch to the whole dark atmosphere this record shrouds itself in.

Some personnal favs are the beginning song, and the epic El Infierno de Los Buenos, which has one of the really good aforementioned guitar solos. Also a special shout out going to the interlude like song, Invernadero de preguntas. All I have to say about that song is, whatever you do, do not listen to that song in the dark. It is up there, in terms of extreme creepiness, with Tool's Faip De Oiad.

A solid album deserving of four stars.

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 Persona by MATOS, ALEJANDRO album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.16 | 17 ratings

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Persona
Alejandro Matos Crossover Prog

Review by silvertree
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Well, this album is quite a surprise in the progressive rock world. The instrumentation seems to be stripped down to guitars, drums, bass and the occasional organ. Alejandro Matos resorts to different sounds with his guitar giving the overall sound a post-rock feeling. The first track sets the album's mood which is quite dark. The drumming is various, never dull. One negative aspect, in my opinion, are the vocals which requires some getting used to. The album's sound is very clean and is very enjoyable to listen to on a hifi system. Finally, the songs also convey the feeling that they are played by one man and not a band, but this doesn't stop me from liking it. So, all in all a good album if you can get your hands on it. Three stars and half really.

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 Freak by MATOS, ALEJANDRO album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.67 | 16 ratings

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Freak
Alejandro Matos Crossover Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

4 stars Why is this guy so dark and pessimistic? He is a skilled musician with a lot of good ideas and probably some influences from King Crimson and connections with Post/Math bands. If he only could smile sometimes....

Well this is probably due to the fact that I'm listening to this album after one year since the last time and the day is too sunny for this music. Thinking better, the epic song I'm listening to while I'm writing, "El Infierno de Los Buenos"" (the hell of good people) is too good. Even if I'm not in the right mood I can't avoid appreciating the guitar solo in the middle of the song.

In general, respect to "Persona" the arrangements and the production are better and the presence of an about 20 minutes song is a symptom of musical maturity for a singer- songwriter-one-man-band. This song is enough to give the album a high rating.

I haven't give a particular care to the lyrics. I'm not spanish and even if I understand a bit of that language I need to concentrate on them and this time I was more concentrated on music, but I can guess that they are very interesting. The music is dramatic and the track titles give me the impression of very intense lyrics and poetry. "La Pasion Segun El Canibal" means "The Passion According to the Cannibal". I'd like to know what it's about. The two songs with this title are mainly the same song in two parts, and one of the moments closest to KC of this album.

Other songs, like "Verde For Dentro" have a mood similar (in music, not in lyrics or vocals) to bands like "From Monument to Masses" and the opener has a musical structure and sequences of chords that remind me a band like "All Over Everywhere".

To give it the next listen I will wait for the next rainy day. In the meantime I'll search for the lyrics but for now I don't feel that rating it with 4 stars is hazardous. Even in a sunny day this dark music is so good and interesting that I'm arrived at the end of the album and I'm restarting from "Falso Primogenito". I didn't spot the organ before....

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 Freak by MATOS, ALEJANDRO album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.67 | 16 ratings

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Freak
Alejandro Matos Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Argentinian composer and multi-instrumentalist Alejandro MATOS has been active as a musician and band member since the early 90's, in particular from 1993 and onwards when he moved to Buenos Aires to study music. As the years went by he also started gathering material that needed additional outlets, and in 2000 he started a solo career with the album "Lo Que Qeda". Three more solo productions have followed, and "Freak" from 2009 is the most recent of those.

Those who enjoy late 70's Pink Floyd and have a soft spot for the Italian art rock scene seem to be just as much a core audience for "Freak" as for Matos' 2006 creation "Persona". The songs appear to be subtly more sophisticated this time around, the performance marginally better and the technical work arguably improved to a slightly better level too. A solid effort on all levels, well worth getting more familiar with by those who suspect they might have an interest in art rock of this particular nature.

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 Persona by MATOS, ALEJANDRO album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.16 | 17 ratings

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Persona
Alejandro Matos Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Argentinian composer and multi-instrumentalist Alejandro MATOS has been active as a musician and band member since the early 90's, in particular from 1993 and onwards when he moved to Buenos Aires to study music. As the years went by he also started gathering material that needed additional outlets, and in 2000 he started a solo career with the album "Lo Que Qeda". Three more solo productions have followed, "Persona" from 2006 is the first of those excursions.

"Persona" is a production that should be sought out by those fond of art rock taking on darker moods utilizing a mildly eclectic stylistic canvas. Fans of later day Pink Floyd and Italian art rock seem to be the most probable audience for this venture, and in particular those among them fluent in Spanish, especially if they have a particular interest in conceptual productions.

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 Freak by MATOS, ALEJANDRO album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.67 | 16 ratings

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Alejandro Matos Crossover Prog

Review by someone_else

4 stars Three years after "Persona", Alejandro Matos released another album: "Freak". Basically, this album shows a similar style as "Persona", dark progressive rock with Argentinian influences in the melodies, but the approach on "Freak" is far more symphonic. "Freak" shows a greater diversity in the usage of instruments: there are more keyboards and acoustic instruments. The vocal performance has obviously improved. Veronica Marjbein on violin appears as a guest musician, all the other instruments are played by Alejandro himself.

Just like "Persona", the album consists of two parts: "Anormal" and "Normal", of different length, and one epic track inbetween.

"Falso Primogénito" is a strong opener, starting with acoustic guitar and vocals. When the organ enters in and the sound becomes heavier after one minute, it reminds me of Van der Graaf Generator. The next track, "El Mas Allá", grew on me after a few listens. I like the guitar here in the first three minutes; it makes me think a bit of Steve Hackett-era Genesis. "Verde por Dentro" is a dominated by keyboards and closes with a beautiful violin solo, about 1.5 minutes in length.

"El Infierno de los Buenos", the 18:51 minute track between the "Anormal" and "Normal" sections, can be added to the list of excellent prog epics. This well- composed piece starts with piano, but the guitar takes over soon. The vocal parts are alternated by symphonic instrumental parts in which different instruments play the starring role. It is my favourite track on this album.

"La Pasión según el Canibal" starts with organ and bass in a slow 5/4. After it has become heavier, the track finishes with an IQ-ish guitar solo and some ambient keyboard chords. Then "La Pasion según el Canibal II", an instrumental, takes over and improvises on the theme of the second half of the first part. A great track.

"Invernadero de Preguntas" is a collection of noises: spacey synth sounds with a cycle of some squealing sound and voices. I think I hear some German in it. After one more track, "El Resto", the album ends quietly with "Sombras sin Filo", in which the vocals are accompanied by an acoustic guitar only.

My overall impression is that Alejandro Matos has made alot of progress in his development as a composer and a musician, as this album proves. "Freak" is a crown achievement for an artist who plays almost all the music on his own. I can surely recommend this album to anyone who is interested in dark eclectic prog. This album deserves 4 stars and a recommendation; no rounding up is needed.

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3.67 | 16 ratings

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Alejandro Matos Crossover Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

4 stars Alejandro Matos' recording style has become much more polished since the release of his previous album, "Persona". The songs are all slick and well composed. Even his singing voice, which was somewhat warbling in the previous album, is now much more steady, and easier to listen to.

His music varies from symphonic prog, to heavy, almost metal sounding prog, to strong arena rock with prog leanings. He plays all of the instruments here, except for a guest violinist, and excels on just about every one. I especially enjoy his bass lines, and low-register synth work. I would, however, suggest that he add some variation to his drum progamming. The plain beats he often sets up sometimes are too drab for the music he creates. Otherwise, this is a fine album.

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 Persona by MATOS, ALEJANDRO album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.16 | 17 ratings

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Persona
Alejandro Matos Crossover Prog

Review by someone_else

3 stars "Persona" is an album by the Argentinian artist Alejandro Matos. He does about all the work on this album on his own and proves to be a skilled musician. The music on this album can be generally described as guitar-driven rock with a progressive touch and a dark edge. I recognize some Pink Floyd-influences now and then and, as I guess, some Latin-American influences in the melodic lines.

The album is devided into two parts of almost equal length: "Deformacion" and "Revelacion", separated by one single track. The first two tracks, "Dos Mil Años de Tierra", and "El Camino de la Mala Suerte", make up a strong opening section: "Dos Mil Años de Tierra" is dominated by pounding drumbeats and echoing Hank B. Marvin-alike guitar, "El Camino de Mala Suerte" is a quiet track that opens with synthesizer and bass, with the guitar entering in the middle of the song. I like this track. Hereafter follow three less interesting tracks in which the vocals seem to hover a bit around the right key. The 8.5 minute "Guerra de Silencios", that ends this section, is better.

The track that separates the two chapters, "Fracasos Bajo Fianza", begins with female chattering, which is taken over by synths. Towards the end of the track it sounds as if someone dials the tuning button of a transitor receiver in the evening hours, when many radio stations are on the air.

The Revelacion part is the most interesting section of the album. "Estatuas de Agua", the space-rock of "Dormir" and the closing track, "Dos Mil Años Menos", belong to the best tracks of this album. I also like the transition in "Las Buenas Razones del Error" that introduces "Maldita Persona", which has a 5/4 time signature. The last track ends with a Gilmouresque three minute guitar solo, which is one of the highlights of this album.

I cannot tell anything about the lyrics, because they are in Spanish and it takes quite a lot of my precious time to reassemble and decipher the output from the linguistic shredder's attempts to translate the lyrics on Alejandro's website.

Despite a few weaker points here and there, this album gives me an overall good impression and it is a pleasant listen. I think that a 3+ rating fits this album well.

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Alejandro Matos Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I want to congratulate Alejandro on this his most recent album called "Freak". I felt his previous record "Persona" had it's moments but it was too inconsistant. I was encouraged after reading Memowakemen's review because we have similar tastes, and thankfully my expectations have definitely been met. It's another concept album but as usual for me it's all about the music, especially when the lyrics are in Spanish (haha). I like how there is this similar sound and mood throughout.

"Falso Primogenito" opens with strummed guitar and vocals. It kicks in nicely before a minute as drums and organ standout. Great sound here. It settles back 2 minutes in with vocals. Love the relaxed guitar solo before 5 minutes. Vocals are back as that good heavy sound continues. "El Mas Alla" opens with percussion, light guitar then reserved vocals around a minute. Mellotron-like sounds 3 minutes in when the vocals stop, then it gets fuller. It's spacey after 4 minutes then it kicks in heavier than ever. Nice. It turns spacey again and blends into "Agujero De Suenos" where it continues to be spacey then the organ followed by vocals take over. It's spacey with a beat before 3 1/2 minutes then the vocals return. Spacey to end it.

"Verde Por Dentro" is spacey to start as reserved vocals join in. We get some brief heaviness before 2 1/2 minutes as the contrasts continue. Violin before 4 1/2 minutes with a spacey atmosphere. "Veneno Ilustrado" sounds great after a minute when it gets heavier. Piano then guitar before 3 minutes. Vocals late. "El Infierno De Los Buenos" is the almost 19 minute epic. Fragile vocals and piano to start. The guitar replaces the piano around 2 minutes. Drums join in.The synths before 5 minutes are brief.The electric guitar before 6 1/2 minutes sounds really good as the vocals stop.Vocals are back after 8 minutes when the guitar stops. Organ 8 1/2 minutes in then spacey synths roll in and dominate. It's kind of haunting as reserved vocals arrive. Drums and guitar after 11 1/2 minutes as it builds. It's heavier a minute later. A calm 14 minutes in with piano, light drums and bass. Electric guitar a minute later as it gets heavier again. It's spacey 18 minutes in. What a track !

"La Pasion Segin El Canbal" has relaxed sounds with vocals. It picks up after 2 1/2 minutes then it gets heavier. A calm after 5 minutes with synths. It blends into part two of this track. It picks up then synths come in followed by guitar. Organ before 4 minutes. "Invernadero De Preguntas" is such a cool track with all the atmosphere with voice samples. "El Resto" kicks in quickly then settles some when the vocals arrive as contrasts continue. Some nice relaxed guitar 2 1/2 minutes in then it turns heavier before 5 minutes. "Sombras Sin Filo" is the short concluding track with acoustic guitar and reserved vocals.

An enjoyable listen throughout and worthy of 4 stars.

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 Persona by MATOS, ALEJANDRO album cover Studio Album, 2006
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Persona
Alejandro Matos Crossover Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

3 stars Very few musicians have the ability to create a full band recording of a song, never mind a complete album, and have it sound good. Todd Rundgren comes to mind, but not many others. Alejandro Matos actually does a decent job of it on this album.

It's obvious that Matos' primary instrument is guitar, as that is most prevalent in every song. His songwiting is very good, especially with darky, heavy minor key (my favorite) riffs. His keyboards tend to be mostly washes, and fullness-enhancing chords, and his drums are all electronic, but he does a better than average job hiding their nature.

The biggest problem are Matos' vocals. Now I don't understand the lyric (I presume that they are in Spanish), so I can't comment on the content, but Matos' voice is a weakness. His delivery is reminiscent of Peter Hammill (very good), but his tone and strength of voice are more like David Byrne (not so good). I find that the wavering around the actual notes gets tedious at times.

But still, I do like the album. 3.5 stars

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