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BLOPS

Blops

 

Prog Folk

3.44 | 25 ratings

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Hannibal_20
3 stars In my route across the Prog folk of my country i decided to stop a moment to analyze the work of an important Chilean band: LOS BLOPS, contemporary with their colleages; Los Jaivas and Congreso, but much less long- lived, "Los Blops" are a forgotten jewel, while Los Jaivas and Congreso are living legends.

This chilean musicians lived, just like Los Jaivas and Congreso, in comunity, which it was a kind of euphemism of "being hippie", but it also involved a certain way of being, of relating to people, of perceiving the world and to shape what is perceived in a musical work, Los Blops shared stage in more than one chance with this legends, also Los Blops incursionated in Chilean and American folk rock and had, like Congreso and Los Jaivas, a shift towards progressive rock, but unfortunately in this case, his great and beautiful progressive rock album "Locomotora" (1974) would not be another thing than his last album.

Although his first album did not come out until 1970, They started in 1964 (maybe that's why his music is very much inspired by the rock of the sixties).

Los Blops had many formations, this generated a lot of instability in the band, further the economic problems caused that the band was unsuccessful in time. Post-1974 formations do not have albums but they have some priceless video works highlighting "sambayé" (1979) WHICH, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ANY MUSIC LOVER, regardless of genre you like. It is a tremendous piece of art. The video of sambaye is actually not in PA (blops page in PA hasnt any youtube link), if somebody that read this review can update it please help me: i cant put likn here but, if you want to help, send a PM to me

Their first album "Blops" (1970), has a very calm, acoustic sound, away from the interests of prog fans, however, beautiful and valuable, does not sound very folk, it is because I am Chilean, and I know the folklore my country, indeed the music of this album and important part of the work of this band is very akin, on the one hand with classical music and on the other hand, with the rock of the sixties, the style of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, that is, western music, the folk element emerges strongly in its second album "del volar de las palomas" (1972).

The álbum "Blops" (1970) It is characterized by having Beautiful instrumental themes with an already defined style, with good harmonies of acoustic guitar and good traverse flute solos, with a classic touch, but more simple, that inspire peace and quiet, very delicious pieces like "barroquita" "la muerte del rey" "niebla", "patita", "atlántico" (especially the latter is one of the best).

The second number, the song "Los Momentos" is a very emblematic, known and essential piece of popular music in Chile, inflatable in school trips, street singing, and drunken evenings, but let us not be confused, we are not just talking about a popular song, but a very important song for its content, was composed by Eduardo Gatti and is, in fact, better known by Gatti than by Los Blops (as I said, the blops are a forgotten gem), I do not intend to translate all the songs, but usually it is necessary to translate a fragment, in that way, those who are unable to understand the song can, at least, understand the basic sense of it.

Tu silueta va caminando con el alma triste y dormida, ya la aurora no es nada nuevo pa' tus ojos grandes y pa' tu frente; ya el cielo y sus estrellas se quedaron mudos, lejanos y muertos pa' tu mente ajena.

Your silhouette go walking With the soul sad and slept, now the aurora is nothing new for your big eyes and your forehead; now the sky and its stars, they stayed silent, distant and dead for your taciturn mind.

This fragment tries to express how we go desensitizing, how we stopped to give value to the basic things, like simply to breathe or to admire the wonder of the sky and stars.

so emotional at this point, by sharing with you the meaning of this song,that is not so easy to continue with the review as usual, but i have to finish it, so I'll continue.

Sometimes, in the álbum can be easily seen the rock influence, for example in the song "Vértigo" with a passionate electric guitar solo, or the instrumental, "Santiago oscurece el pelo en el agua" where are highlighted the skills of Juan Contreras in the flute, which it is accompanied by electric and acoustic guitars.

"Maquinaria" (machinery) also presents rock elements, although they are closer of the end of the song, the melody is quite monotonous, the lyrics, are a metaphor of the dehumanization of human beings in modern life. However, it never reaches the intensity or significance of "Los momentos".

"Valle de los espejos", its another great song by Los Blops, and one of the best momets in the disc, a simple but wonderful melody, the music dialogues with the lyrics, that talks about the pass of the time and the life, the very blue sky, the clear air, the sun, wich watch us in silence, and the earth, wich slowly rotates, the music is very well achieved, the lyrics are well accompanied by a good rithm on acoustic guitar and soft drumming, keyboard and traverse flute, definitely one of the best songs of the album and of the band, excellent theme to close the disc and leave a pleasant and lasting feeling.

Well, the theme that usually is left for review at the end is often the least favorite one; "la mañana y el jardín" (the morning and the garden) composed and sung by bassist Juan Pablo Orrego, is the only number that I do not like of the album, its very hippie, but unlike "Valle de los espejos" o "Los Momentos", this song falls into kitschy and infantile.

This album isn't an amazing wonder of progressive rock, but it contains beautiful music that inspires peace and tranquility to those who listen it, besides having some historical value and being a cult album in Chilean music, it also contains some of the best themes of this band like "valle de los espejos" the emblematic "los momentos" and the beautiful instrumental "atlántico", This album will not appeal to most prog fans, but will appeal to that sensitive listener who wants to be thilled or simply enjoy beautiful music.

It's a shame what happened with this band, did not succeed in time, but if they had continued, perhaps they would have been as good as Congreso or even Los Jaivas, what is important is that they contributed, and although not being popular, undoubtedly his contruibution was important, transcendent, inspiring.

Hannibal_20 | 3/5 |

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