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History of the Visitation was one of my top 5 albums of 2013, and I think it provides an excellent point of entry to Guapo's music for non-Avant fans - mostly because, as Chris pointed out, is subtler and not as powerfully, unabashedly in-your-face as Five Suns.
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Originally posted by Syzygy Syzygy wrote:

Originally posted by dogen dogen wrote:

Anyone got Guapo's latest, History of the Visitation? I'm quite disappointed by it. Not sure the new personnel has matched up to the previous incarnation.

Yes - and it's an album that repays repeated and close listening. I have seen the current line up perform material from it twice and I think it's the strongest incarnation of Guapo yet; Five Suns may be their most immediate album, but subsequent albums are stronger in terms of composition and subtler in terms of performance.
I am on this page as well. Different band really from Five Suns and Black Oni, with a different approach, but it's a record that has a lot of depth. Given a chance it can really grow on you. Even that little repeated ascending guitar figure that I found quite annoying to start with...now fits perfectly.
 
There's certainly no shortage of intensity when they play it live - I went to the album launch gig at Corsica Studios and they tore the roof off. Put it this way, when you've got James Sedwards in your band and he doesn't even play guitar, that's probably a killer band.
 
 
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Originally posted by Syzygy Syzygy wrote:

Originally posted by dogen dogen wrote:

Anyone got Guapo's latest, History of the Visitation? I'm quite disappointed by it. Not sure the new personnel has matched up to the previous incarnation.

Yes - and it's an album that repays repeated and close listening. I have seen the current line up perform material from it twice and I think it's the strongest incarnation of Guapo yet; Five Suns may be their most immediate album, but subsequent albums are stronger in terms of composition and subtler in terms of performance.
 
Interesting. I've always thought Black Oni was their tops in terms of pure composition. This lineup is definitely subtler though. No doubt about that.
 
 
Either way, I'm looking forward to what they do next!
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I was at Corsica Studios as well, as indeed was Daevid Allen - they tore the roof off that night, and Stars in Battledress were pretty impressive too.
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Originally posted by Syzygy Syzygy wrote:

I was at Corsica Studios as well, as indeed was Daevid Allen - they tore the roof off that night, and Stars in Battledress were pretty impressive too.
 
I noticed a guy who looked like he might be Daevid Allen. Then later realised that it was.
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Originally posted by Syzygy Syzygy wrote:

I was at Corsica Studios as well, as indeed was Daevid Allen - they tore the roof off that night, and Stars in Battledress were pretty impressive too.
Gong were supposed to perform in Israel last year but canceled because of Allen's health situation, the concert as for now is postponed. Can't wait to see them again! Last time they came was with Steve Hillage about 3 or 4 years ago and that was one hell of a show!
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He and Kavus Torabi had already become firm friends, although I don't think Kavus had joined Gong at that point. Daevid Allen stays in East London when he's in the UK, and shortly before the Guapo album launch the pair of them were somewhat inebriated in Cafe Oto when Korekyojin played there. Daevid Allen has some impressively funky dance moves for a man in his 70s!

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