Exposé Online banner

Cast — Mosaïque
(Musea FGBG 4647.AR, 2006, 2CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2007-03-01

Mosaïque Cover art

I’ll admit to a certain amount of suspicion of artists who seem overly prolific. It’s not that I believe they’ve made a deal with Beelzebub, I just worry that they can’t keep up a level of quality when they focus on volume. So seeing a double CD from Cast after so many other releases – I get concerned. Maybe I should have more faith. Not that this is an hour and three-quarters of flawless brilliance: there are a few stumbles, but they’re minor, and the high points are quite good. Overall, it’s pretty much what we expect from Cast. Good, solidly played modern progressive rock, mostly instrumental, heavy on the keyboards, with a big sound and impeccable production. There are a few new elements this time out. The first that stands out is the clarinet, which lends an unusual flavor, especially in the middle of a prog workout like “Azteca Imperial,” where it sounds like a refugee from Mardi Gras thrown in from another album entirely. But that’s the kind of thing that, jarring as it is, I suspect might grow on me and eventually seem normal, or at least an integral part of that piece. Other times when the clarinet appears, it lends a jazzy, gypsy or Middle Eastern flavor, things I don’t recall hearing from Cast before. The flute (and even sax) that shows up elsewhere seems more at home. Cast has been through some personnel changes over the years, and this time out, there are so many people involved I don’t even know who’s in the band and who is a guest. There are four different vocalists, three guitarists, two bassists, two drummers, and two percussionists on the various tracks; only Alfonso Vidales on keys and Pepe Torres on wind instruments appear on all tracks. That’s not a complaint, just an observation. This is a fine example of 21st Century Progressive Rock.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Cast, Alfonso Vidales

More info
http://castoficial.bandcamp.com/album/mosaique-double-cd-2006

Latest news

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - Dancing on A'a – What started out as an arty project composed mostly of ex-members of Boston noise-band Mission of Burma seems to have become primarily the vehicle for keyboardist/composer Erik Lindgren. Lindgren...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues