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    Posted: September 11 2012 at 02:20
There doesn't seem to be a current thread for Guapo so I feel the need to start one!

Why?

Well a new album and gigs are imminent (October 2012) so that's enough reason.

Info seems hard to come by on them. I know the album is going to be through Cuneiform but that's about it.

Any fans out there????

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^ Really enjoyed Five Suns but that's all I've heard. Although quite abstract and experimental, they somehow sound unmistakably English to my ears? Traces of Crimson, Magma and Univers Zero in places.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote infocat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2012 at 04:04
The only thing I know about them is the little I heard in the Romantic Warriors II documentary.  But I certainly liked what I heard!  Recommendations?
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^If you prefer the more quiet first six minutes you should start with Elixir, if you prefer the complex rockin' four last minutes maybe Black Oni and if you thought it made a flawess whole I'd reccomend my own favorite Five Suns


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Five Suns and Black Oni are near essential.

Looking forward to a new album from them, thouhg it's hard to imagine what they'll sound like now without Daniel O'Sullivan, who went to join Ulver.
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Five Suns, Black Oni, and Elixirs are all great, in different ways.  They made a few albums before that, but from what I've listened to, they're nowhere near as good as these last three.  Guapo reminds me a bit of some of the most extreme Miles Davis fusion - lots of ring modulated Fender Rhodes electric piano.  They also use prominent, lightly distorted bass guitar like Magma and other groups like them.

I also know next to nothing about them, but I originally found out about them while looking up info on another band, Miasma and the Carousel of Headless Horses, who shares a bandmember with Guapo.  They're really cool too, though pretty different from Guapo.
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Originally posted by infocat

Recommendations?
Five Suns, Black Oni and Elixirs would all be on my desert island discs.
 
The first two seem musically related but all are quite different.
 
Reference points from my own experience would be This Heat, King Crimson, "Ummagumma" period Floyd, Egg, Hatfield and the North. Very British, very creative...
 
Five Suns is like standing behind a jet engine. But in a good way.
 
Black Oni is like a civilised re-visiting of Five Suns.
 
When I first listened to Elixirs I really didn't like it. With hindsight this is because it is so different to the first two. Five Suns in particular is very primal, very primitive, whereas Elixirs is often more like lying in a rowing boat on a sunny day floating on calm waters, while the universe dances all around...
 
(and Miasma is like a Gothic take on Guapo...)
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I saw Miasma classified as "antique prog" in a writeup somewhere.  A cool concept if you can imagine.
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Like them a lot & really looking forward to the new release, it will be a CD/DVD combo with live footage from Nearfest. Steve F of Cuneiform talks very highly of the new release.
 
5 Suns in my favorite of theirs and is pretty much flawless. Elixir & Black Oni are both excellent albums.
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I'm probably the only person here who likes (or has even listened to?) Guapo's pre-5 Suns albums
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dogen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2012 at 17:02
Oh wow yes a dvd too!!!

I think my favourite Guapo is whichever one I'm listening to at the time; but when it came to getting a T-shirt printed I chose Five Suns.
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Originally posted by Triceratopsoil

I'm probably the only person here who likes (or has even listened to?) Guapo's pre-5 Suns albums



I've not seen them available but would be interested to hear them.
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^ Thats mostly my issue as well. I do have Great Sage... which is pretty cool.
 
But yes...Guapo is excellent. Five Suns is their peak I think, but Black Oni and Elixirs are quite good. Been waiting for theuir new one forever.
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Originally posted by Saperlipopette!

^If you prefer the more quiet first six minutes you should start with Elixir, if you prefer the complex rockin' four last minutes maybe Black Oni and if you thought it made a flawess whole I'd reccomend my own favorite Five Suns


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Wow!  Loved it all!  Gonna have to get me some of that!  The bass/drums/piano starting at 6 put me in mind of Happy Family.  Too bad I just placed a lasers edge order last night, so it will have to wait.
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 didn't even realize they had a new one coming out until I clicked this thread, good news 
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OK, it's nearly November and I don't see a new album. The tension is getting to me!
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I have Five Suns and I dislike it a lot, a really terrible investment. The whole albums sounds like you are chainned to one dark cold room all alone without anything to do.
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Time to splash the dosh!!!
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Originally posted by CCVP

I have Five Suns and I dislike it a lot, a really terrible investment. The whole albums sounds like you are chainned to one dark cold room all alone without anything to do.
Sounds wonderful ClapSmile

That's exactly what I want from this type of music.
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