Algaravia — Breve e Interminável
(Progressive Rock Worldwide PRW 034, 1996, CD)
by Mike Ohman, Published 1997-02-01
The title of the first track, "Crimsoniana," ought to give you an idea as to this new band's sound, but it doesn't tell the whole story. Algaravia's line-up consists of two guitarists (one doubling on keyboards and vocals), bass, and drums plus an auxiliary percussionist. Certain elements sound a mite familiar: the Discipline-esque dual-guitar, the parallel tritones, the bits of Keith Tippett jazz piano, the bit of phony synthesized Mellotron at the end of "Cellula Mater," etc. But unlike other Crimson "influenced" albums (e.g.: Anekdoten's Vemod), this is no mere quilty-patchwork of recycled Crimson riffs. Besides, the guitar tone is totaly different from Fripp's (or Belew's, for that matter). In fact, the guitar tone is surprisingly dry, hardly any distortion devices were used at all. And while percussionist Vladimir Ricardo borrows one obvious technique from Jamie Muir (i.e. the ubiquitous temple-block fills), his style is altogether more Latin, as evidenced in each timbal hit and conga roll. Apart from the obvious Latin touches, there is also a strong element of jazz, reminding at times of the well-liked German band Kraan, but not as spacy. As a whole, Algaravia's debut is quite promising, and I expect even bigger and better things from this band in the future.
Related artist(s): Algaravia
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more