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The term 'eclectic' in the context of progressive rock describes a summation of elements from various musical sources, and the influences and career paths of bands that take from a wide range of genres or styles. While progressive music can be, in a larger sense, eclectic, the 'Eclectic Prog' term is specially meant to reference bands that trespass the boundaries of established Progressive Rock genres or that blend many influences.

Eclectic Prog combines hybrids of style and diversity of theme, promoting many elements from different sources. The Eclectic category recognizes bands that evolved markedly over their career (in a progressive, evolutionary way), or have a plural style without a clear referential core.

The basic features lie within the music's variety, rich influences, art tendencies and classic prog rock elements. Among the representative bands are KING CRIMSON, VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, and GENTLE GIANT.

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4.62 | 3891 ratings
IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING
King Crimson
4.54 | 3079 ratings
RED
King Crimson
4.48 | 1875 ratings
GODBLUFF
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.42 | 2626 ratings
LARKS' TONGUES IN ASPIC
King Crimson
4.42 | 2000 ratings
PAWN HEARTS
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.36 | 1535 ratings
IN A GLASS HOUSE
Gentle Giant
4.31 | 1504 ratings
H TO HE, WHO AM THE ONLY ONE
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.30 | 1438 ratings
THE POWER AND THE GLORY
Gentle Giant
4.30 | 1766 ratings
OCTOPUS
Gentle Giant
4.29 | 1385 ratings
STILL LIFE
Van Der Graaf Generator
4.31 | 778 ratings
THE SILENT CORNER AND THE EMPTY STAGE
Hammill, Peter
4.28 | 1374 ratings
FREE HAND
Gentle Giant
4.26 | 1381 ratings
ACQUIRING THE TASTE
Gentle Giant
4.23 | 1284 ratings
VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE
Hackett, Steve
4.27 | 507 ratings
ANABELAS
Bubu
4.25 | 452 ratings
BANTAM TO BEHEMOTH
Birds And Buildings
4.25 | 385 ratings
MEMENTO Z BANALNYM TRYPTYKIEM
SBB
4.19 | 672 ratings
SLEEPING IN TRAFFIC - PART TWO
Beardfish
4.12 | 1972 ratings
LIZARD
King Crimson
4.15 | 801 ratings
SPECTRAL MORNINGS
Hackett, Steve

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Stringpurée Band
MAREK GRECHUTA & ANAWA: KOROWÓD
Grechuta, Marek

Latest Eclectic Prog Music Reviews


 Descending by GARGAMEL album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.85 | 92 ratings

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Descending
Gargamel Eclectic Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars Norwegian prog band Gargamel their debut album entitled Watch For The Umbles was released on Swedish Transubstans records in February 2006 and received great reviews in the international progrock press. Since 2002 Gargamel has gone through some changes of members. Gargamel has played at both OsloProg festival 2002 and 2005. In 2009 Gargamel released their second album entitled Descending.

1. Descending (9:55) : First a slow rhythm with distinctive electric piano runs and passionate English vocals, then a Pink Floyd sounding organ joins the party, followed by mellow synthesizer flights. Halfway a propulsive bass with a distorted, spacey guitar solo and a warm organ sound, culminating in a compelling final part that sounds like "Fleetwood Mac (Peter Green guitar) meets early Pink Floyd (dynamic drums and hypnotizing organ layers)", a good start!

2. Prevail (13:59) : A bombastic atmosphere with raw electric guitar riffs and powerful saxophone that first turns into mellow and then experimental, pretty adventurous but to me it sounds a bit fragmentic. In the second part I love the acceleration featuring violin-Mellotron, fluent drums and fat guitar riffs, it reminds me of fellow Skandinavian Anekdoten. After a psychedelic interlude with soaring organ and a great Hammond sound, this track is concluded with, surprise, a trumpet solo!

3. Trap (5:31) : This song (evoking early Pink Floyd and King Crimson) is wonderfully coloured with vintage keyboards like the Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer, Fender Rhodes electric piano and Mellotron along powerful electric guitar solos.

4. Labyrinth (17:40) : After an intro with the unsurpassed Mellotron, we can enjoy a lot of variety, from a slow ? and swinging rhythm to experimental with strong work on harder-edged guitar and vintage keyboards (Hammond and Mellotron), the final part is Prog Heaven featuring a bombastic climate with choir-Mellotron, propulsive drum work and fat guitar riffs, Gargamel at their best!

Unfortunately it turned out that this was their final effort, from promising Norwegian prog band with an adventurous and varied approach.

My rating: 3,5 star.

 Baby Scooter by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1997
2.95 | 2 ratings

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Baby Scooter
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars "BabyScooter" is another EP from Motorpsycho originally released in 1997. It was released as the first of a series of EPs, the 2nd was "Have Spacesuit Will Travel" and the 3rd was "Lovelight", all 3 released in very limited quantities. Later that same year, the 3 EPs were released together as the album "Angels and Daemons At Play", thus making the 3 EPs collector's items, but also rendering them obsolete.

"Sideway Spiral" kicks off this EP with a very psychedelic sounding tune. The vocals and supporting wordless vocals are processed and supported with a processed strummed guitar and other synth sounds. A nice organ finishes off the track with wild percussive sounds.

"Walking On the Water" is a more traditional sounding track with a great heavy guitar and bass riff starting off. This track sounds more like Motorpsycho of the past, but there are more progressive leanings here with some tricky rhythm patterns and a sense of psychedelia. This track is a very nice mix of traditional and progressive sounds and a wicked drum break. Excellent track.

"Heartattack Mac" builds itself off of a solo guitar playing at first, then the rest of the band suddenly erupting in what becomes a great stoner/psychedelic rock feel. That funky scratching sound in the background is a nice touch. This one also has the gruff vocals I love from this band. This track is very heavy, but I love it. The second instrumental break has some great dissonance in the beginning, and then dueling guitars play off of each other as they build to an explosive wall of sound before it all falls apart to a softer interlude and continuing hints of another explosion threaten, but never quite happen. At over 7 minutes, this could have even gone on longer.

"Pills, Powders and Passionplays" is a more psychedelic/jazz vibe. Nice acoustic guitar and drum circle sounding track which even adds a Beatle-esque sound when the sitar joins in, or it sounds like a sitar, but one isn't noted in the credits, so I'm not sure what it is.

"In the Family" goes back to the progressive/hard rock sound accentuated with a nice heavy bass. A great progressive interlude in the middle builds off of U2 style repetitive guitar notes, but with a lot more intensity. It all falls apart in a feedback frenzy and then an oscillating sound persists to the end.

This is an excellent EP with not a single weak track at all. However, it is a good idea to search for the full album, because this 23 minute EP will only leave you wanting more. Excellent music is what is on this EP and you hear the beginnings of the band experimenting with progressive and psychedelic music. If this EP wasn't obsolete, it would have easily won 4 or 5 stars, but don't pass it up if you do see it. This is quality hard progressive music. But get the full album if you can.

 Live@Barby, TLV by TELIOF album cover Live, 2017
4.00 | 1 ratings

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[email protected], TLV
Teliof Eclectic Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant, Crossover & Neo Teams

— First review of this album —
4 stars Actually I've been very curious how TELIOF would have reproduced their briliiant sound appearance launched upon their one-off studio-based album "Is It?". Suggest their play upon stage should be incredibly cheerful and delightful, and this live album could never betray me. Regardless of a live recording, their recording management, mixing, and production ... all are fantastic.

The first shot "Intro", getting started with a phrase via the last part of "It Is", sounds quite full of vivacity. Such an uptempo, dramatic, heavy but dreamy stuff lets me know another charm of TERIOF. Pretty complex, diverse but favourable and acceptable soundscape should be their musical basis really. Oh anyway, wondering why this album amazingly be veiled in more bluesy atmosphere than the previous album. "I Dream", featuring hard-egded female voices and flute drawing of comfort, is another rockin' heaviness indeed, but mysteriously catchy and much of fun.

"Twisting" cannot be heard ten years ago at all, filled with slowtempo, bluesy, but theatrical, heartwarming melody lines. I'm surprised they could (can) shoot such a serious melodic counterpart. Through "Never Really Here" lots of powerful phrases and sticky melodic attack knock me down completely. My pleasure, flooded with deep bombastic sound texture (but not simply heavy rock obviously), love this track much. The last one "It Is" is kinda real revival of their lovely suite, completely brought back to me into existence ... as if I would enjoy as an audience in front of their stage.

In conclusion, this album cannot win their previous "precious" album "Is It?" but should be worth listening to and attending. Hey Yuval, why not you come to Japan? ;)

 Wearing Yr Smell by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1994
3.00 | 3 ratings

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Wearing Yr Smell
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The 'Wearing Yr Smell' EP was released to promote the single of the same name that originally came from the full album 'Timothy's Monster' (both released in 1994). The EP features that track and also an edited version of 'Leave It Like That' also from that album. It also features 3 songs not available on the regular edition of the album, although they are available on the 4-disc reissue released in 2010. There are 5 tracks with a total running time of around 18 minutes, so the songs on this EP are short, none of them reaching the 5 minute mark.

'Wearing Yr Smell' comes first, and is in the original album version, except that it is mastered differently. It is a good, upbeat song with the trademark stoner rock feel.

'President Block' is original to this EP. It has a great guitar riff and thick bass. The vocals are growly, but retain enough melodic tone to not be considered in the black metal style, but almost. There are harmonies in there also. It is a harder song than the 1st track and a decent song for being an outtake.

'Jr.' is also original to the EP. It has a heavy riff, but with mellower vocals that contrast to the heaviness of the guitar. This gives it a 'Matthew Sweet' or 'Dinosaur Jr.' feel, which isn't a bad thing. Maybe that's why it's called Jr.

'Birds' is the third original track. It has the softer vocals and an acoustic guitar. About half way through, an accordion, or something similar sounding joins in. This one stays quite minimal throughout the track, but is quite a pleasant tune.

'Leave it Like That' is on the LP, but this is in an edited version. It has a little over a minute edited from the original version. It has a driving rhythm and a nice thumping bass. Vocals range from clean to that signature melodic growl. Another good tune, but, as I said, it's cut short.

All in all, this is a good EP, but it is just good, heavy music, nothing really progressive about it. Still, it's rather enjoyable, but the tracks are now available on other sources. It might render the EP obsolete, but it is still worth picking up if you find a cheap used copy somewhere. Even though the tracks are short, they are still well developed songs, especially for B-sides.

 Midori (with David Cross) by STICK MEN album cover Live, 2016
4.63 | 11 ratings

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Midori (with David Cross)
Stick Men Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

5 stars The reason for the "+" sign, is that here the trio of Levin, Mastelotto and Reuter have been joined by violinist/keyboard player David Cross. In April 2015 the quartet put on four concerts in Japan, and this double CD set captures the two shows from Tokyo, recorded on April 10th. With 19 songs, and nearly 140 minutes of music, this is very different indeed to the 'Prog Noir' studio album. What we have here are four top musicians pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable within music, refusing to compromise, and allowing themselves to fully explore the limits of touch guitar and stick. Given that three of the four have very close ties indeed with King Crimson, it isn't surprising that they also include some songs from that band, and each set closes with "The Talking Drum" and "Lark's Tongues In Aspic Part 2".

This is music for the listener to lose themselves inside, with all four seemingly going in totally different and unconnected directions, particularly during their improvisations, yet somehow it all still makes sense. This is where RIO, avant-garde, free jazz and progressive rock all decided to meet up for a brawl, with each of them getting the upper hand at some point, and the listener being the winner in the end. In many ways this isn't easy music to listen to, as it challenges the ears to accept what isn't often viewed as acceptable harmonies, but it is incredibly intriguing and I know that I for one am far richer for having heard it.

Strangely enough, I actually found this easy to get into the very first time I played it, and I would put that down to having well-trained ears, although my wife would probably say it's just because I'm weird (and she would know). But that's okay with me, all weirdos unite, and discover this incredible release which is perfect in just about every way.

 Prog Noir by STICK MEN album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.72 | 81 ratings

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Prog Noir
Stick Men Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars Originally formed in 2008 by Tony Levin (Chapman Stick, vocals), Pat Mastelotto (drums) and Michael Bernier (Chapman Stick, vocals) (hence the band name), the line-up changed in 2010 with the departure of Bernier and the addition of Markus Reuter (touch guitars, vocals). This 2016 album was their fifth studio album, and comprises songs that were specially composed for the purpose, as opposed to ones that they had worked through on the road. I must confess that the first time I played this I really wasn't too sure, as although the musicality on display is of course of the very highest order, I felt the songs were contrived and not allowed to expand to their full potential, while the vocals weren't doing anything for me at all.

But, as is often the case with music of worth, the more I played this the more it grew on me, until I found that my views were quite at odds with what I thought initially. I'm not even sure how quite to describe this to someone who hasn't come across them prior to this, as Pat and Tony are often taking the lead, with Markus providing additional tonal elements which often don't even sound as if they are coming from a guitar at all. Pat seems to have been at the top of the drumming game forever, while Tony is recognised as the world expert in the Chapman Stick, and they have been playing together in King Crimson for more than twenty years. This joined experience means that they know exactly what each other is going to do, where they are going to move, so it is no surprise that they fit together seamlessly. Then there is Markus, who adds additional tonal colour to everything that is taking place: I'm not sure how he always finds room among Tony's double-handed 12-string attack, but find room he does, creating a sonic assault that brings everything together.

Instrumentals like 'Schattenhaft' are simply stunning, while 'Plutonium' is a wonderful little song that is bound to bring a smile to any proghead. As I write this Stick Men are touring South America, and I just wish they would make the little trip over to Australia and New Zealand, as I would be great to see them play. There is a song on here called 'Leonardo', and there can't be many bands who dedicate a number to their manager, but richly deserved as Leonardo Pavkovic must be one of the hardest working people in the business and remains one of the nicest. This is an album that demands repeated playing, but more than repays the effort.

 Icebound by NOT A GOOD SIGN album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.85 | 41 ratings

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Icebound
Not A Good Sign Eclectic Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars With this, the third album release from AltrOck band Not a Good Sign, we see some lineup changes as founder Francesco Zago has moved onto other projects and vocalist Alessio Calandriello makes his final contributions before moving on. Founding members keyboard whiz Paolo "SKE" Botta, bassist Alessandro Cassani, and drummer Martino Malacrida remain, while familiar Gian Marco Trevisan (From a Distance and live performances since 2015) picks up the guitar and some of the vocal duties.

1. "Second Thought" (2:33) opens like a powerful MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA song. Wow! What an album opening! It then turns more avant/RIO at the 1:30 mark. (9/10)

2. "Frozen Words" (7:06) piano and Alessio open this one before the band joins in with kind of spacious ballad- support. The band is using an interesting, very different, recording/effect style on Alessio's voice for this one-- making it feel more human, more within the mix than out in front. In the fourth minute the song moves into a more up-tempo jazz-rock instrumental section while plenty of odd vocal and field samples get disbursed throughout. At 5:20 things quiet down again as distant violin and acoustic guitar provide the only sounds--not to last too long as full band and Alessio return for the heavier, up-tempo finale. (8.5/10)

3. "Hidden Smile" (9:08) a rock instrumental that harbors some very familiar NOT A GOOD SIGN riffs within the keyboard, percussion, and guitar performances. I love the shift at 4:25 whereupon the violin gets a chance to shine. The music in the delicate slowdown in the eighth minute is quite lovely. (8.5/10)

4. "As If" (0:58) instrumental flourishes and interludes: something SKE excels at. (5/5)

5. "Down Below" (7:41) what a gift is the voice of Alessio Calandriello! The introductory section is followed by a very solid and engaging instrumental section--and then again by Alessio's wonderfully fitting and perfected vocal performance. Very tightly constructed and performed. A top three song for me. These are the heights that I hoped for when I purchased this album. Interesting "descent" into silence in the seventh minute before the emotional instrumental return for the final minute. (9.5/10)

6. "Truth" (7:13) opening with lots of layers of delicacy and subtlety--especially from the drums and multiple keyboards. Inventive chord progression yields plenty of inspiration for melodic constructs through the first two minutes. Then everything shifts and opens up to a more spacious soundscape to make room for the brief but brilliant lead vocal performance. A VDGG/Canterburian instrumental section ensues over which guitar solos and drums shine. Toward the end of the fifth minute things shift but remain heavy; this VDGG theme and style plays out to the song's end. (9/10)

7. "Not Yet" (1:28) bass, odd percussives, and odd key sounds open this one before the whole band bursts forth in a beautiful melody. This could have gone on! (5/5)

8. "Trapped In" (9:42) again, a VDGG soundscape is employed for the base of this song. Alessio enters with his plaintive voice with female vocalists backing him. The dynamic shifts from loud and heavy to soft and ominous are so well executed. A powerful, peripatetic song! I love the soft interlude in the fourth and fifth minutes--followed by a build up and release for David Jackson's sax. I'm feeling some SEVEN IMPALE here, too! (9/10)

9. "Uomo Neve" (2:32) spacious piano and incidentals open this one before a low chromatic hit of the keys ushers in an eerie, almost creepy section with lots of small-crowd voices flowing beneath the bass, percussives, and keys. Closes out with a return and fading out of the spacious piano from the opening. (4.5/5)

4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece from an ever-evolving band of very talented composers and performers. Francesco and Alessio may have left the building but this solid band is still strong and standing tall!

 El Eco del Sol by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.06 | 6 ratings

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El Eco del Sol
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars As the 21st century churns on it's amazing how popular classic progressive rock has made somewhat of a renaissance with some bands like Gentle Giant finding surging sales of their ambitious musical gems that have been surpassing the sales of the initial releases of the 1970s. As the public tires of simple and uninspiring musical mediocrity and turns to the more complex constructs to get their fix, they will ultimately find themselves scouring the classic years to see what they've missed out on. While many a band struggled to stay true to their musical vision, most folded under the financial pressure and zero record company backing. However despite the hardship they endured, many managed to release some of the absolute best music ever laid down to any musical format.

While one can point to England, France and Germany as having the lion's share of classic prog, they were hardly the only game in town. While lesser known Argentinean prog may not have been as popular in terms of world interest, this South American country which is more famous for the tango than prog has indeed generated some top notch progressive rock with the Buenos Aires based BUBU possibly ranking as the best the country after having dished out their classic 70s prog in the form of their masterpiece "Anabelas." While the band was active from 1975-79, they only managed to crank out the one album and then disappeared into the ethers never to be heard from again. Well?.

?.until the year 2016 when founder, composer, bassist and band leader Daniel Andreoli decided he should jump on the bandwagon of prog rock's upsurge in world popularity and resurrected his classic band to catch the new prog wave hitting every corner of the globe. So resurrect it he did, however this is not a typical reunion of past members but rather Andreoli rounding up the talents of a whole new younger generation, whipping them into shape and showing them how prog was done in the good old days. While this may sound tantamount to herding cats in a tuna cannery, somehow his efforts on the 2016 comeback "Resplandor" were quite satisfying.

"Resplandor" was quite the teaser. Seemingly emerging from nowhere with no prior warnings, BUBU was back which offered the prog world an initial gasp of excitement only to be quashed by the fact that this was just a three track EP that hit the fifteen and half minute mark. While no guarantees were given that this was a teaser prognosticating a bona fide comeback album, it was a satisfying return to form for this Argentinean outfit so beloved by many a proghead around the globe. Well, lo and behold, it was an omen indeed that the great BUBU was back for a second run and finally in 2018 we see the release of the long awaited second album EL ECO DEL SOL (The Echo Of The Sun) a full 40 years after "Anabelas."

Yeah, many a classic prog band that released a single album has made a comeback in years past only to disappoint beyond belief including the greats like Maxophone, Gnidrolog and Cherry Five just to name a very, very few. What sounds like a great idea to latch onto the current trend of retro prog doesn't always pan out as many bands seem to lose the mojo that made their music great in the first place, however BUBU thankfully still got it! Yep, Andreoli has lost none of his prog chops in the least bit and even though he's working with an entirely new generation of musicians, he successfully ekes out all the required ebbs and flows that made "Anabelas" so utterly brilliant.

If you were expecting something radically new from the BUBU of 2018 then you shouldn't bother. EL ECO DEL SOL faithfully picks up exactly where "Anabelas" left off and i would imagine that Andreoli has been working on some of these tracks for the past 40 years and perfecting them until they shimmer in the sun like a diamond. BUBU retains its core essence in every aspect. Eclectic as ever, the new rendition of the band returns with all those beautiful progified riffs and rhythms laid out symphonically and augmented with flutes, saxes and violins. Once again the choirs are back in full effect and Andreoli has lost none of his magic regarding the dynamic and mood shifts that made "Anabelas" a classic of the ages. One little disappointment of EL ECO DEL SOL is that it contains two tracks from the "Resplandor" EP, namely the title track and "Omer" but since they are such great track i guess i can't complain.

Unlike "Anabelas" which contained two sprawling tracks and a third shorty at a near 8 minute running mark, EL ECO DEL SOL exhibits eight shorter tracks but they all run together quite remarkably giving the album an overall unified feel. There is nothing on EL ECO DEL SOL that sounds out of place or derails the beautiful feeling that only BUBU can provide. Once again, BUBU dish out all the expected influences ranging from King Crimson, Genesis, ELP, Focus and their classical hero Tchaikovsky. The music runs on symphonic prog mode but adds touches of jazz, classical and occasional bursts of rock energy. The album is noticeably less aggressive and bombastic than "Anabelas" and drifts in a more ethereal mode yet retains a heavy presence of rock instrumentation. While Argentinean, BUBU's closest musical lineage sounds like they would easily fit into the Rock Progressive Italiano scene of the 70s as there are no tango tributes or anything tying the band to their geographical homestead.

As far as prog comebacks go, EL ECO DEL SOL is a smashing success and delivers everything i could want from a classic 70s prog band. While it does not outdo it's classic predecessor in intensity and compositional prowess, it does nevertheless deliver the goods as a brilliant sophomore album that in all honesty sounds like it truly could have come out two years after the debut "Anabelas." This album easily captures the zeitgeist of the original timeline of BUBU's first rendition and although some could deem that too safe for its own good, i would argue that i'd rather hear an anachronistic album that is done brilliantly than something half-baked that the band was trying to capture and had no realistic ability to pull it off. Andreoli knows his strengths and on EL ECO DEL SOL he nurtures them well making BUBU's long awaited comeback an effort well worth waiting for. Do expect a mellower album than "Anabelas" in the overall scheme but the compositional constructs exude the classic vibe that made that album so great.

 Le Bateleur by ALCO FRISBASS album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.95 | 41 ratings

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Le Bateleur
Alco Frisbass Eclectic Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars AltrOck's almost-Canterburians are back with their sophomore album and it will not disappoint those who loved their first album. I, however, continue to be disappointed with the lack of full commitment to one style and lack of engaging themes over the course of an entire song (which continue to be long [inexplicably though not necessarily unjustifiably so]).

1. "Soufre Et Mercure" (9:33) a song heavily doused in thick, chunky bass and swirling organ play, this is Zeuhlish! Nice keyboard work throughout but the electric guitar chord play is a weak spot. The third minute's Spanish-theme is also a bit disconnecting. Still, the mood remains dark and heavy, even through the Renaissance-themed section in the seventh minute. (8/10)

2. "Le Bateleur" (11:24) a basic and likable jam presents itself and then tries to get quirky and funky. Very nice keyboard work in the third minute. Also, a very engaging acoustic guitar-based section in the eighth minute that develops into a great GENESIS-'-la France section before decaying into boring and mundane. (8.5/10)

3. "Arcane Majeur" (7:13) nice jam with sections ranging on chaotic interspersed within a highly engaging and melodic tune. Things go downhill a bit once the piano enters. (9/10)

4. "Les Cartes Vivantes" (8:09) simplistic rhythm base from bass, drums, and keys with guitar and keys and cornet taking turns to lead with the melodies above. Awesome section with electric piano soloing over bass and R&B rhythm guitar in the seventh minute. (8/10)

5. "Ombre Terre" (7:54) the most Canterbury-sounding song on this round of ALCO FRISBASS tunes; very Hatfield and The North The Rotter's Club-inspired. The only problem is that it never really rises to that level of excitement or refreshing originality as one would hope, yea, the second half even starts to elicit feelings of irritability or disappointment. (8/10)

Four stars; a solid contribution to the modern instrumental progressive rock catalogue.

 El Eco del Sol by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.06 | 6 ratings

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El Eco del Sol
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by SteveConrad

4 stars RADIANCE and TRANSCENDENCE

Una luz detrás de las puertas del Sol y detrás de esa luz la canción que vendrá por vos.

Mundos de gris a la luz de otro sol su color cambian.

Lo que alumbres será lo que verás y brillará más.

Algo viene del cielo Algo va

Las miradas Lo crearán Lo completarán

Al cruzar el eco del sol esplenderá de verdad tu verdad.

En tus pasos otra canción encontrará su lugar, tu lugar.

(A light behind the doors of the Sun and behind that light the song that will come for you/ Worlds of gray in the light of another sun its color changes/ What you illuminate will be what you will see and will shine more/ Something comes from the sky/ Something goes/ The visions/ They will create It/ They will complete it/ By crossing the echo of the sun, your truth will truly shine/ In your steps another song will find its place, your place.)

A HYMN of SPIRITUAL LONGING

Here is the return of BUBU, Argentinian eclectic progressive rock outfit, about 1 1/2 years after the comeback release of "Resplandor" in 2016.

As you can see from the lyrics above, of the second and title track, the theme of this album is wide and searching. I consider it in toto as a hymn, in the sense of "song of praise" to the infinite.

The longing is conveyed in the masterful use of mood, atmosphere, musicianship, diversity, and lyrics which suggest that there are radiances, universes- indeed, multiverses- losses, hopes, and ultimately faith in something beyond the mortal experience.

This is confirmed and elaborated in the lyrics to track 4, "Omer"- (And in the light of another sun we will be born in an endless infinite/ And the shadow will finally shine/ In the azure birds are weaving their flight/ They paint the salt with a color brought from a dream/ Small diamond of solitude in your voice is the song of the sea/ Small diamond drawing the sea.)

TITLES

The sense of spiritual longing and praise is also confirmed by the titles to these tracks, original Spanish title followed by rough translations into English.

1. Resplandor "Radiance" 2. El eco del sol "Echo (or emanation) of the sun 3. Ariel "gazelle, lioness of the divine, spirit of the air" 4. Omer "eloquent, long-lived" 5. Cielo Negro "Black Sky" 6. Penas "Pity/Shame" 7. Por la mańana "In the morning" 8. La vaca roja "The red cow" (symbol of purification, coming of messianic age)

MUSIC

This is eclectic progressive rock music, par excellence. There are liberal uses of choral passages, keyboards, a fine rhythm section, saxophone, flute, and violin, along with acoustic and electric guitars.

Music shifts and flows between classical, jazz, and progressive rock, and a highlight for me is the clean, crisp punchy bass guitar.

Sometimes there is stunning interplay as guitar, keyboards, and violin or sax or flute take charge. Instrumental sections are exceptional.

VOCALS

To my ears, the choral sections were lovely; the two tracks that have lyrics and vocal solos are weaker.

IN SUM

An excellent addition to any progressive rock collection, a soaring, lovely journey into the infinite.

MY RATING

4.5 out of 5 Emanations of the Sun

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