Forum Home Forum Home > Progressive Music Lounges > Prog Recommendations/Featured albums
  New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - Yonhosago from Chile
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

Topic ClosedYonhosago from Chile

 Post Reply Post Reply
Author
Message
avestin View Drop Down
Special Collaborator
Special Collaborator
Avatar
Honorary Collaborator

Joined: September 18 2005
Status: Offline
Points: 12620
Direct Link To This Post Topic: Yonhosago from Chile
    Posted: May 09 2008 at 19:27
YONHOSAGO
YONHOSAGO hailed from Chile in the early 2000s and right from the start they caught the attention of fans and critics due to their unabashed sense of adventure, mixing wild guitars, free improvisation, noise, the complexities of jazz-rock and the challenging textures of XX Century chamber (Varese, Cage): one music press labeled the band as “the great hope of avant-garde rock”.



Having started as trio of keyboardist, guitarists and bassist (respectively: Nicolás CARRASCO, Santiago BLANCO and Christian PARKER), line-up changes occurred now and then. The entry of drummer Juan Pablo CÁCERES proved crucial for the development of the band’s sound, since he also added his trumpet and keyboard skills to enrich it. Influences from RIO, KING CRIMSON and ZAPPA were reinforced in the growing repertoire as violinist Felipe MAINO and Santiago ASTABURUAGA completed the line-up that recorded the debut album “Descuento” in 2003. It took two years before Lizard Records released it, and by then, CÁCERES had already left the band and moved to the USA in order to pursue his own interests in electronic avant-garde music. As of 2004, the band continued to work as quartet with a new drummer (Christian HIRTH) and no violinist.



“Descuento” is an album soon to be unavailable. Don’t miss your chances with YONHOSAGO, especially if you’re a fan of the avant side of prog and wonder how a marriage between contemporary KING CRIMSON and HENRY COW–style RIO would sound like when combined with electronic minimalism, musique concrete and sketches of John ZORN.


Written by César Inca Mendoza Loyola
 
YONHOSAGO — Descuento
Review by Cesar Inca (César Inca Mendoza Loyola)
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —

4%20stars Unusual, challenging, disjointed: three adjectives that pretty much sumarize what Yonhosago’s musical offering is all about. Their approach to avant-garde rock is based on an electrifying eclectic confluence of noise, 73-75 King Crimson, “Western Culture”-era Henry Cow, electronic minimalism and XX Century chamber, plus touches of heavy-oriented jazz-rock: the latter element is exclusively operative in the articulated passages of the repertoire. The opener ‘Depósito Ausente’ is a quiet cry of musical rebellion in the shape of minimal synthesizer ornaments, gradually augmented by austere adornments on guitar, bass and violin. The cautious crescendo that is taking place leads to a rocking sequence past the 5 ½ minute mark: the main reference to this section is KC’s “Starless and Bible Black”, although the overall vibe is more polished. For the last two minutes, things shift to a set of noisy electronic ambiences, not unlike primitive krautrock (Kluster, Ralph & Florian). ‘Enrique’ is more notably Crimsonian, setting a bridge between the Wetton and the first Belew eras: tension and counterpoint are married in a prog-jazz setting, with the guitar, bass and violin creating an ever incendiary instrumental triangle while the synthesizer lines go flowing by (Tim Blake-style). The guitarist sets a rare mixture of Fripp and Holdsworth in his fantastic deliveries, which at times border on the metallic side of rock. Things move on toward a chaotic climax before the final two minutes, when the band returns to a minimalist stance: the duet of violin and bass during this epilogue is beautiful. ‘Entomólogo’ starts with a clear musique concrete direction (the soliloquy includes a mention of Premiata Forneria Marconi… mmm… unexpected really, this portion sounds more like something out of Area’s “Caution Radiation Area”). The presence of free-form trumpet deliveries helps to add a stylish weirdness to the continuing development of ethereal moods. ‘Sr. Osago’ finds the quintet assembling a balance between heavy jazz- rock and “Uzed”-era Univers Zero for the first half. After this exercise on defiant languidness, the second half brings a Crimson-meets-Matching Mole jam, very exciting indeed. ‘Treme’ states yet another adventure based on the Henry Cow prototype, with the bass serving as provider of funk- oriented foundation. Once again, guitarist Santiago Blanco makes good use of his frenzy facet. The neurotic climax is a delirious display of deconstructive actions delivered with a subtly hidden sense of elegance. The closer ‘Evangélico’ recapitulates the energetic drive of ‘Enrique’ and the minimalist flows of ‘Depósito Ausente’ and ‘Entomólogo’. This track’s first half is the most explicitly organic moment in the album, but of course, this is a Yonhosago track, so it’s reasonable to suspect that the angels of deconstruction will soon come along to bring sonic evil. And when they do, oh, how they do it! Cáceres brings back the trumpet in a particularly intense moment when the synthesizer seems to lead the way for the development of a guitar-violin duel. The way this track ends is the perfect closure for an album that all along has shown a merciless commitment to the delivery of clever inconsistency. “Descuento” is an avant-prog lover’s dream; Yonhosago is an item to be relished by the proper audience.

Report this review (#170251) | Posted Thursday, May 08, 2008, 15:45 EST
Review Permanent link | Submit a review for this album

 
 
 
 
 
Might I add on a personal note that this will appeal to people who like Electro-acoustic music.
 
 
Back to Top
avestin View Drop Down
Special Collaborator
Special Collaborator
Avatar
Honorary Collaborator

Joined: September 18 2005
Status: Offline
Points: 12620
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 10 2008 at 17:05
El bump
Back to Top
Man With Hat View Drop Down
Collaborator
Collaborator
Avatar
Jazz-Rock/Fusion Team

Joined: March 12 2005
Location: Neurotica
Status: Offline
Points: 55445
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 10 2008 at 17:26
Thumbs%20Up
 
Sound great! I'll have to investigate. Thanks for the tip.
Dig me...But don't...Bury me
I'm running still, I shall until, one day, I hope that I'll arrive
Warning: Listening to jazz excessively can cause a laxative effect.
Back to Top
Mandrakeroot View Drop Down
Forum Senior Member
Forum Senior Member

Italian Prog Specialist

Joined: March 01 2006
Location: San Foca, Friûl
Status: Offline
Points: 5851
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 23 2008 at 13:02
This is my review:
 
YONHOSAGO — Descuento
Review by Mandrakeroot (Andrea Salvador)

4%20stars If you like the '73-'75 King Crimson, 70's Franco Battiato and Avant-Garde Prog Yonhosago's 'Descuento' is your album. That have also a great Jazz moments (I think to Dedalus' 'Materiale Per Tre Esecutori E Nastro Magnetico'). Because this is in definitive 'Descuento'. Sure 'Descuento' is a typical Lizard Records product (How did Loris Furlan to find these Yonhosago remains for me a great mystery...!). Speaking of the music the songs are difficult to listen and understand: Jazz parts and tape manipulations and loops are not connected and also the Jazz parts are moderately acid but with typical Return To Forever or Mahavishnu Orchestra approach. Said this, I recommended this Yonhosago's 'Descuento' to all Avant- Garde Prog and Jazz Rock fans.

P.s.: A great thanks to Loris Furlan because having sent me this CD you have made me discover this great band from Chile.

Back to Top
avestin View Drop Down
Special Collaborator
Special Collaborator
Avatar
Honorary Collaborator

Joined: September 18 2005
Status: Offline
Points: 12620
Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 30 2008 at 22:07
bump
Back to Top
avestin View Drop Down
Special Collaborator
Special Collaborator
Avatar
Honorary Collaborator

Joined: September 18 2005
Status: Offline
Points: 12620
Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 20 2008 at 16:36
bump
Back to Top
avestin View Drop Down
Special Collaborator
Special Collaborator
Avatar
Honorary Collaborator

Joined: September 18 2005
Status: Offline
Points: 12620
Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 28 2009 at 22:02
Originally posted by avestin avestin wrote:

bump
Back to Top
Man With Hat View Drop Down
Collaborator
Collaborator
Avatar
Jazz-Rock/Fusion Team

Joined: March 12 2005
Location: Neurotica
Status: Offline
Points: 55445
Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 28 2009 at 22:51
Ha...when I first opened this thread I had no idea I already responded to it.
 
But I did find the album, and although I haven't listened to it in awhile, I remember it was quite good. It was quite original and I loved the electronic elements to it. However I am fuzzy on details about it. I believe my favorite tracks were Enrique and Treme...but all were Thumbs Up
 
I'll have to give it another listen soon!
Dig me...But don't...Bury me
I'm running still, I shall until, one day, I hope that I'll arrive
Warning: Listening to jazz excessively can cause a laxative effect.
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Forum Software by Web Wiz Forums® version 11.01
Copyright ©2001-2014 Web Wiz Ltd.

This page was generated in 0.109 seconds.