Alpha III — Voyage to Ixtlan
(Mellow MMP 130, 1990/1993, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 1996-08-01
Amir Cantusio Jr's Alpha III project has been a Brazilian mainstay since the early 80s. Voyage to Ixtlan is Cantusio's eighth album under this name and has gone from independent productions to Mellow for his first CD release. In all truth, Alpha III's previous albums were either mediocre or worse. His early releases like Sombras or Agartha were possibly his best – electronic / symphonic efforts of few distinguishing characteristics that got fewer as time went on. Voyage to Ixtlan, however is a much different affair, a collection of studio improvisations from 1990 (except one from 1985) in a space rock vein – you know that stoned-in-the-studio feel with heavy shades of Ozric, Gong, Ash Ra, and Tangerine Dream. If you're a musician who remembers those types of sessions, then music like this may either be nostalgic or too close for comfort. Those into the Ozric free-form space rock vein would probably be pleasantly surprised. This is definitely Alpha III's best release to this date although there has been one since released (The Edge) that should be reviewed in a later installment.
Related artist(s): Alpha III
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more