Pablo "El Enterrador" — Pablo "El Enterrador"
(Progressive Rock Worldwide PRW 020, 1979/1995, CD)
by Mike Ohman, 1997-02-01:
This is a well-known symphonic-prog album from late-70s Argentina. I am personally of the opinion that its reputation is rather over-inflated: no album with a song as annoyingly commercial as the obnoxious "Accionista" should deserve the term "classic." Otherwise, though, it is quite a strong, melodic album of symphonic keyboard progressive. "Carousell de la Vieja Idiotez" starts off the album immediately on a good foot, with a classically-inspired dual keyboard arrangement chugging away, making the album instantly likable. It sets the tone for the rest of the album, which (save for "Accionista") is more or less equally enjoyable. A classic? Perhaps not, but it does grow on you.
by Alan K. Lipton, 1995-07-01:
Argentina, 1979. In the middle of the military oppression (1976-1983) there was a band that went by the name of Pablo "El Enterrador." Paul was a gravedigger in a dissident cemetery in the city of Rosario where the band was rehearsing. Pablo, the gravedigger who buries injustice, repression, and persecution. The music is finely crafted around the two keyboardists, in much the same vein as the Italian band Locanda delle Fate. Bass is not always present as Jose Maria Blanc also plays electric and acoustic guitar and sings. The lyrics are of socio-politic concern, sung in Spanish. This is a music that gains more and more at each listen, as the interwoven flowing melodies spreads their gracious web. The band came back together last year in Buenos Aries for a concert and it seems new material may be looming. We can only hope that the spirit will be carried over.
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From the press release:
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water takes from Echo Us' past and spins it into a whole new direction, one closer to traditional acoustic Celtic music than ever before.
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water was composed and recorded during the first few months of 2017. Although Celtic influenced and comprised of a number of re-workings of Irish folk tunes and Breton aires, the album is still in large part new and original Echo Us music that fits right in the Echo Us ‘canon’. “Wake” is a natural progression from “A Priori Memoriae”, which was released to critical acclaim in Europe in 2014.
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is Echo Us’ ‘Celtic’ album that was planned for a long time but never executed because of the work on the trilogy that came before it. The album title is a typical ‘Echo Us’ play on words which one can find their own meaning.
“It is also both evocative of the Oregon rain, which I am told is not too unlike the rain in Ireland.”(Matthews)
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is also a comment on conception- which was unintentional when the lyric was written. Matthews surprised himself a few months after writing it, realizing that the song was actually about the nitty gritty, biological workings of what happens when a child is conceived. The folk song it derives from musically describes a courting ritual, one that even today we can all relate to in our own way.
“Come With Me Over the Mountain" in acapella was the musical inspiration for the song, and came into my consciousness after the lyrics were written a few months prior. “ (Matthews)
As with all Echo Us recordings, a number of seeming coincidences resulted in connections being drawn where prior there were none. Another experience of similar capacity was found in oboe samples from A Priori Memoriae that echoed the traditional “May Morning Dew’, also reworked for guitar on the new album.