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APERTURA

Eternidad

 

Prog Folk

3.43 | 14 ratings

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3 stars Argentinian band's Eternidad roots can be found in a Folk Rock duo, established in 1971 by brothers Daniel Mendez (guitars, harmonica, vocals) and Roberto Mendez (guitars, lute, vocals).This early outfit would evolve into a 5-piece line-up around mid-70's, featuring also Claudio Pedra on various keyboards and piano, Robi Massarotto on bass/vocals and Luis Yanes on drums/percussion.With the help of guest musicians Antonio Agri on violin and Dino Saluzzi on bandoneon they recorded their sole album ''Apertura'' in 1977 for the Cabal label, the main distributor of Pastoral's albums.

While they went widely unnoticed, Eternidad played an intricate Progressive/Folk Rock with impressive changes between electric leads and acoustic experiments, often overpowered by the symphonic-oriented keyboard work of Claudio Pedra.They somehow come as a mix between PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI, PASTORAL and LA MAQUINA DE HAJER PARAJOS, offering intricate folky soundscapes, sensitive multi-vocal lines and quirky, symphonic keyboard themes with the organ and piano in evidence.Actually the longer tracks remind me a lot of YES with some very rich instrumental parts, based on complicated structures, usually breaking into acoustic paths with flute and mandolin in the forefront.The superb alternations between the STEVE HOWE-like guitar chops, the smooth folky interplays and the more grandiose keyboard textures are definitely worth investigating.The shorter pieces are more deeped into Folk music with romantic vocals, lots of acoustic guitars, some Clasical-drenched violin and keyboards in the background as a supporting instrument.But even these tracks contain their own charm, calm and dreamy soundscapes with a flawless lyricism and a soft, pastoral atmosphere in a light rural style.

Shortly after the album's release Luis Yanes was replaced by Daniel Torrigiane, who was the drummer of Eternidad during the presentation of ''Apertura''.However the band would not live much, as they seem to have disbanded not long after this line-up change.

''Apertura'' was reissued on CD by the Mardel-X label and is a great example of symphonic-inclined Folk Rock with dense, interesting arrangements and mellow acoustic underlines.Strongly recommended to fans of the style and groups like PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI, HOELDERLIN or Germans EDEN...3.5 stars.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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