Electric Asturias — Fractals
((Not on label) AS-0003, 2011, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-04-01Asturias began in the late 1980's as essentially the solo project of bassist Yoh Ohyama, who played nearly all the instruments on the first three albums Circle in the Forest, Brilliant Streams, and Cryptogam Illusion, with the help of some guest musicians and vocalists. Then, a long silence of twelve years, after which a real band emerged – first an acoustic version, beginning in 2005 with several albums to their credit at this point, and now 'Electric Asturias,' involving different players than the acoustic band, and picking up essentially where Cryptogam left off, featuring Ohyama on bass, and other members on drums, guitar, violin and keyboards. But make no mistake, with Ohyama as the primary composer and arranger, this is still very much his project, yet the band provides top notch support throughout, with expressive and emotionally charged playing, as well as providing a means to present the electric material in a live setting. This is instrumental progressive rock at its finest, full of the complexity, subtlety and sheer brilliance that has set the genre apart from all others. Folks who know some or all of the band's previous works will find plenty herein to enjoy, and for those who are new to the band, this is as good a starting point as any.
Related artist(s): Asturias
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more
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