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Prog Folk

2.54 | 8 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
3 stars This debut from the Basque folk duo Duhalde-Ducau is a rather pleasant surprise for the proghead. Their type of rock holds many interesting twists and a full instrumentation of a group, even if they are presented as a duet. All of their songs are sung in Basque (the counter-shock of Spain's deliverance of the Franco regime and the sudden provincial or local traditions allowed again) and are translate in the booklet in French and Spanish. Funnily enough and as expected from Basque, they chose to first paste the French translation before the Spanish ones. The na´ve artwork depicts a map of their ideal land with the waters of the lakes spelling out their names watering/milking the land.

While the songs have a definite folk rock flavour, but more in the 60's west coast rather than the traditional folklore with ancient music, the album is anything but groundbreaking, but remains pleasant. All of the tracks feature a predominantly acoustic guitar duo, but a good deal of them have some interesting bass works, and some other twist: the closing Euzkadi (their region in Basque) hassome Gregorian ambiances. No real stand outs but no stinkers either.

Hardly an essential album really, but if you have a chance at spinning it (even for sampling), it might just be worth your trouble. But if you are into Basque influenced music, you might want to try out Ametsaren Bidea, first.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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