Exposé Online banner

Nirgal Vallis — Y Murio la Tarde
(Musea FGBG 4164.AR, 1995, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-08-01

Y Murio la Tarde Cover art

This Mexican quintet dates to the early 80s, to Mexico City's blossoming underground progressive scene. In 1985, they recorded one side of an album, In Principio / Y Murio la Tarde, shared with a side by Arturo Meza. The lineup, at that time, featured violin / mandolin, acoustic & electric guitars, drums, keyboards / piano / kalimba / recorders, and a female vocalist. Their sound is a gentle, acoustic based rock with a strong folk motif, a rich and majestic style that, while quite unique, could be easily find comparison in the earliest edition of PFM in the way the musicians blend acoustic folk-based ideas with symphonic embellishment. Keyboardist and bandleader José Luis Fernández Ledesma penned all four tracks on this original album side. Sadly, by the end of the decade, even though all of the musicians involved were still active in the Mexican music scene, Nirgal Vallis as a band was all but forgotten.

But that's not the end of the story. Musea had expressed interest in re-releasing the original four tracks, which inspired the band members to reunite in 1995 and record four new tracks – essentially the missing side of the original album. The new material picks right up where the original side left off, one would be hard pressed to say the recordings were made ten years apart! For the new tracks, a regular bassist was added to the lineup, filling in the sound at the bottom end a bit more. Hopefully this all means that the band may continue to work together in the future. Even if it doesn't, this long forgotten gem is at least available once again. Could the albums by Nazca and 0.720 Aleacion be far behind?


Filed under: New releases, Issue 10, 1995 releases

Related artist(s): José Luis Fernández Ledesma Q, Nirgal Vallis

Latest news

2021-01-18
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

2020-10-14
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

2020-10-06
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


Previously in Exposé...

Happy the Man - Live – Although this live set would have been much more meaningful had it been released closer to when it was recorded in 1978, it stands today as evidence that this DC area quintet was as tight on-stage as...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues