Exposé Online banner

Flor de Loto — Medusa - En Vivo en Buenos Aires
(Azafrán Media AP 1526, 2015, CD+DVD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2016-01-29

Medusa - En Vivo en Buenos Aires Cover art

Recorded live at Sala Alcatraz in Buenos Aires in November 2014, this documents the Peruvian septet's live show, drawing material from their second album Madre Tierra going forward to the most recent Nuevo Mesias from 2014. This is a CD and DVD set, the latter with a couple videos and several extra live clips from other recent shows. Their stock in trade (at least from the standpoint of this live show) is progressive hard rock, occasionally veering toward prog-metal, only kept in check by some of the extra features of their sound like flute and a female backing vocalist Agustina Gonzalez, although she is woefully low in the mix and only gets a leading role on one track “Desapareciendo.” Guitarist and singer Alonso Herrera is a powerful vocalist and a master at his instrument, although on the DVD the front-row posing with bassist Alejandro Jarrin and second guitarist Ignacio Flores tends to get a little tiresome. That said, the band is extremely tight and drummer Alvaro Escobar holds it all together well, shifting gears at will and, together with Jarrin supporting the band in every facet of their sound. Keyboardist Daid Lopez Gutierrez seems a bit underutilized and seemingly overrun by all the guitars, but he does get a few cool solos in here and there. The real star of this band, and what makes them completely unique is Junior Pacora, who plays flute, quena (a traditional Andean wooden flute, played similar to a recorder), pan pipes, charango (a traditional ten-stringed instrument about the size of a tenor ukulele) and also does backing vocals as well, along with Gonzalez. The sound quality is excellent, but still a little shy of the band’s studio releases. If you’ve never heard Flor De Loto before, this may well be a good place to start as this live set culls some of their best material across four previous albums.


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Flor de Loto

Latest news

2020-09-09
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

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
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


Previously in Exposé...

Steve Howe's Remedy - Live – The live DVD documenting Howe's touring band featuring two of his talented sons is a testament to the guitarist's artistry and identity. Howe had hinted many times in the past how much he would like...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues