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NIRGAL VALLIS

Prog Folk • Mexico


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Founded in Mexico City, Mexico in 1983 - Disbanded in 1985 - Reunited briefly in 1995

NIRGAL VALLIS was a Mexican group that released one album in the eighties. The line-up of the group was: JOSE LUIS FERNANDEZ LEDESMA (keyboards, jaranas, kalimba, recorders, acoustic twelve string guitar), Ramon Nakash (acoustic and electric violins, mandolin, tenor recorder), Alejandro Schmidt (acoustic and electric twelve string guitars), Rafael Gonzalez (percussion) and Claudia Martinez de Alba (voice). Ledesma, Nakash and Schmidt who were high school friends founded the group.

The only album "Y Murio la Tarde" was released in 1985. The music in this album is very mellow symphonic progressive and it has a strong folk influence. The group reunited for a period of time and recorded some new tracks for the re-release of the album and the 1995 released version by Musea Records includes these new tracks. This is an enjoyable Mexican album that should please fans of folk oriented symphonic.

NIRGAL VALLIS was the first group of Jose Luis Fernandez Ledesma Q. who is one of the most-known Mexican progressive musicians nowadays. He has released many solo albums and also albums in contribution with singer/composer Alquimia.

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4.02 | 39 ratings
Y Murió La Tarde
1985
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El Orfebre
1991

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 Y Murió La Tarde by NIRGAL VALLIS album cover Studio Album, 1985
4.02 | 39 ratings

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Y Murió La Tarde
Nirgal Vallis Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars The history of this band and their original album is somewhat atypical. The group was formed in 1983 during the prog dark ages., and the 1985 LP was a "split release", with side 1 belonging to NIRGAL VALLIS and Side 2 to Arturo Meza & Maja Rustige. I'm not sure how common this was but it's a new concept to me, other than on compilations. The sales were not encouraging enough at the time, but in 1995 the group reformed just long enough to lay down 4 more tracks cut from a similar cloth. These appeared as bonus material on the Musea reissue shortly thereafter, padding out the running time to a proper LP length after omitting the Arturo Meza portion, which I have therefore never heard.

I have been listening to "Y Murio La Tarde" for a while on the assumption that it was an Italian group rather than from Mexico, which betrays my rudimentary Spanish but is also corroborated by Spotify's insistence on pairing NIRGAL VALLIS with continental bands. Admittedly mellower than 90% of Latin prog of any stripe, the folk here is always balanced by bell like electronic keyboards, particularly Moogs and electric piano; violins; and winds which cast the band in a more symphonic light than their categorization might suggest. As I alluded, the bonus cuts are well and truly compatible with the originals, even including a lengthy, this time, instrumental, epic "Memorias de Un Cometa" that, along with the title track, are among the highlights here. I would also add "Alberich" and "El Tiempero" to that list. My main criticism is that very little here moves me or even distracts me much, but I'm sure the playing and vocals alone would click emotionally with many listeners.

The name of the band refers to a specific long river channel on the planet Mars dating back to the time when the planet was ostensibly more water than land. I'm not sure I would class their sole full length release as quite so otherworldly or even awe inspiring as that formation might be, but its history is both unique and inspiring right here on earth. 3.5 stars.

 Y Murió La Tarde by NIRGAL VALLIS album cover Studio Album, 1985
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Nirgal Vallis Prog Folk

Review by Thandrus

5 stars I love to say and repeat: "Prog gems never end". In the few moments when I myself doubt it, I come across to an album that completely changes my mind. In such a moment I found "Y Murió la Tarde" by the band named NIRGAL VALLIS, blindly browsing YouTube. Feeling super sleepy, I barely pushed play and tried keep my attention for couple of minutes. The result was I kept the albums spinning 4 times and couldn't sleep 'til dawn.

It wasn't flashiness of music that impressed me; in fact, the album is quite opposite, gentle and sometimes acoustically Genesis. But what is unique to this album, it is, at the moments, so mystic sound and melody lines that create strong Native American atmosphere. Original female vocal timbre surely adds much to it.

All songs here are great, but especially "La espera (un ser llamado muerte)" and "El tiempero" are breathtaking. Like our fellow collaborator said, "elegant" describes it all well, for me it's just MAGIC.

So, I fearlessly recommend this to anyone and especially those who somehow feel tired of European progressive rock atmosphere. This album, while maintaining the links with the well-known, offers us the glimpse to the exciting new world.

 Y Murió La Tarde by NIRGAL VALLIS album cover Studio Album, 1985
4.02 | 39 ratings

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Nirgal Vallis Prog Folk

Review by b_olariu
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5 stars Nirgal Vallis was and is one of the most elegant and smooth bands that came out from Mexico in the '80's. They released one album in 1985 named Y murio la tarde ( translates in ....and dusk perished) and I'm saying with my hand on heart is one of the most beautiful and elegant albums I ever heared, really some great moments here. To release such an album in 1985 in a period when heavy metal or hard rock was at the peak and prog music going nowhere with some exceptions you must to have big balls, something that Nirgal Vallis proved to have after all. The album was re leased by Musea in 1995 almost 10 years from first issue and was a big succes now more than then. The band and the music is conducted by one of the most intelligent keyboard players from Mexico and not only from there José Luis Fernández Ledesma. He is the main composer of this album and the result is a fantastic journey through smooth, mellow synphonic prog but also with some up tempo elements here and there, they never crosses more than mid tempo pieces here, but that is not a problem the whole album is as good it can gets. The voice of Claudio Martinez de Alba is something that adds to the music another dimension and fits like a glove here, hand in hand with the polished symphonic prog of the album. Ramón Nakash B. did a great job here, who is interplaying very well with the rest of the musicinas. Alejandro Schmidt is the guitaris who contribute a lot to the album sound, the elegant manner of interpretation of symphonic elements on guitar here are fantastic, acustic and aswell electric this guy never stop amaze me, he is not the one to be hered from the first note, he is the one that must be found in the wholness of the album. Nirgal Vallis, is one of the bands that needs to be more in front in prog circles, for some reasons they are almost forgotten and is really a shame, their music is smooth with folk touches here and there, with symphonic greatness all over and among that with some beautiful and full of splendour key and vocal harmonies. I will give 5 stars easy, one of the most elegant albums from my collection, and aswell outstanding cover art and inner booklet of the CD with all the story of the band and nice pictures of band members. Recommended for sure. CD available at Musea.
 Y Murió La Tarde by NIRGAL VALLIS album cover Studio Album, 1985
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Y Murió La Tarde
Nirgal Vallis Prog Folk

Review by rodrimico

4 stars It`s a god work from mexico, In the Long Play Edited in 1984, in one side plays Nirgal Vallis and the another side plays Arturo Meza & Maja Rustige, the music of Arturo And Maja it`s most progressive than the Music of Nirgal Vallis, in combination both are two of the best representative mexican progressive musicians.

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