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Banda Elástica



3.32 | 9 ratings

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3 stars Banda Elastica is another worth band from Mexico, again i`d like to let them know and promote , this time in Banda Elastica you will find a complex RIO Avant Garde band, which is still alive fortunately. I had the luck of see them in concert one month ago, it was a short but nice concert, it was new for me because i hadnt seen an Avant Garde band like this before, i was amazed by the sound and musicians quality, it was great.

I also want to say that for me this isn`t their best album, at least i prefer other 2 more than this, so this is just a caution or introduction about this album and this review .

First of all (and the less important thing) i have to say that the cover art is awful, something like clows playing music and also the titles and colours are horrible; well if you dont know, Banda Elastica is a band which dont use vocals, only instrumental.

"Tambora" this album start with that song which is something like an introduction, less than a minute, you maybe will imagine like if you are in a circus or something like that. Next to it you will find a pack of 6 short songs called "Micropiezas", which in english means Little Pieces, all of them have it`s own name, but all toghether form only one song, nothing new, nothign to get excited of proud of, so many short songs the most of them are less than 1 minute. "Suite Regresiva" is an excellent song, for sure one of the best songs here, where you can appreciate the quality of the sound and musicianship, a thing that i enjoy a lot is the use of percussion, it gives ita nice and better sound , this song is divided in 4 pieces, and it`s the largest song in the album, also you will appreciate how they "play" with time signatures.

"Presentacion" (introduction) as the title say is another mid intro, horrible IMO becaus is only the sound of a host introducing something or someone. "Galeria de Pelafustanes" is the part of tha album that i enjoy the most, it is another pack of 3 songs with names of people, i like them a lot, elegant songs, with an exquisite guitar sound, and a superb sax dirung the songs, each one has a lenght of 3 minutes aprox, but very nice.

"Insomnio" is another great song, with a bit changes in the time and tempo, but nothing new to show us. I wont review the last songs, and maybe you`ll say im too lazy, but honestly all of them are quite similar, so i think i have nothing more to contribute to this review. You will find some influence of Univers Zero (not because of the dark sound) and maybe Gong.

As i said above, this is not my favorite Banda Elastica`s album, and i dont like it so so much, anyway i dont think it`s a bad album, so i recommend it only to people who already know the band, or who only wish to dig them more.

For me 3 stars, good but non-essential.

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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