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Abrete Gandul


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4 stars One more interesting album from a Sourh American band!

This is the second album of Abrete Gandul, a band from Chile who was born in the late 90s- early 00s, a band whose name was the first thing that caught my attention, so I wanted to know their music. Their debut album was released in 2000, and this second record named "Cuentos para Dormir" saw the light in 2005.

This album features nine songs and a total time of 56 minutes. It kicks off with "No se metan con el Capitán Problema". The King Crimson tendencies are obvious since the first moments. The guitars and even the soundscapes remind me to some kind of Thrak moments. Later the song changes and a flute appears adding an extra flavor, in moments the song turns heavier but later slows down and continues as it began. At half the song there is a nice guitar solo and great use of keyboards. Great first track.

"Al fin y al cabo" opens with a happy-mood style due to those kinds of jazzy guitars. The rhythm is very friendly and nice, so anyone could easily enjoy this track. The bass work is very interesting and there is also a wind instrument over there. A couple of minutes later an aggressive guitar appears and the mood totally changes. Again, another Crimson reminiscence can be appreciated here. I dare say their were Abrete Gandul's stronger influence.

"Hay que volver a los Chinos (de nuevo)" I would say "hay que volver a la Discipline-era de nuevo" (We have to comeback to the Discipline era, again) You will understand why I said this, the guitars show that obvious influence. However, the song changes in moments but that Crimsonian element is almost always present. But let me tell you, that despite that big influence, Abrete Gandul is far from being a KC copycat, not at all. "Alguien Intrascendente" could have been the second part of the previous song, because it begins with a similar sound, though later it has some changes, both songs could fit in as one long track. Pretty nice instrumental music so far.

"Dr. Finger" is an interesting longer track with excellent guitars and keyboards, the sound in moments is symphonic, though the tag of eclectic prog is really accurate with this band, at least with this album. After two minutes, there is a nice guitar solo that marks the end of the first part of the song. Later it stops and new bass lines start with a softer rhythm and more relaxing mood. There is also a piano here, and with the sound of a flute, the song really turns gently and friendly. Just before minute six, there is a minor stop that will give pass to a guitar solo. There is also a synth effect as background so the atmosphere is quite nice. The last minutes are a bit heavier and emotional. What a great composition, an excellent song.

"Primanocte" has a soft and delicate start with guitar and flute. Later it progresses and accelerates a little bit, though it slows down seconds later, again. This structure continues for a couple of minutes until it makes another change. The addition of piano puts a gentler sound on it. There is stop before minute three, and then a new structure begins to be built up.

"La Ira (?de la novia de Byron) is a nine-minute song that takes again those Crimsonian guitar figures along with the synth effects as background. The atmosphere is nervous and dark in some moments, creating some kind of tension. To be terribly honest, this time I would say that this song could have fit in Thrak, because the sound is really similar. Later the song make some changes, and very interesting ones, the atmosphere keeps being tense and chaotic, the sound produced by keyboards and those strong guitars make it even better. Another great track.

"Dilemma" is the shortest track here. A gentle flute and keyboard oriented track at first, later with the addition of the guitars, puts again that KC flavor on it. And the last song is the longest one, entitled "Disminuyendote" it reunites all the Abrete Gandul sounds, I mean, it could be like a compilation of all the previous songs. This track would be an exceptional example of the band's music.

This is a very interesting album, though in moments it could sound repetitive, I believe they managed to combine their own style, with the clear KC influence, and the result was this sophomore and eclectic record. Another example of the excellent music created in Chile. My final grade is four stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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