Sunday, 21 February 2021

Cuasares ‎– Afro-Progresivo (1973)

Style: Psychedelic, Funk, Prog Rock
Format: CD, Vinyl, FLAC
Label: Pharaway Sounds, Calentito

01.   Cuasares
02.   Transmigración
03.   Colisión
04.   Mutación
05.   Ancestral
06.   Vertical
07.   Evanescente
08.   Amalgama
09.   Pentatonik
10.   Simbiosis

Composed By – Waldo Belloso

Long-lost gold nugget from Buenos Aires music seer that sent Latin festivity behind event horizon.

Argentinian prog rock from the early ’70s may seem like an alternative reality proposition to many a music aficionado, yet there’s nothing fantastic about this short album except for its expansive scope and gripping sound. Devised by keyboard player Waldo Belloso, the future conservatory professor and chair at the National Dance School, it was a bold attempt to find a place for traditional music in an era of grand experiments – impressively realized in the company of drummer Enrique “Zurdo” Roizner and a teenage six-stringer Tomás Gubitsch. Their polyrhythmia defies the trio format, though, because there’s so much going on it’s impossible to stand still.

If the infectious funk of opener “Cuasares” marries mundane flute to cosmic synthesizers and spices up such a heady mix with salsa, before rolling down barrelhouse piano and unhurried Santana-esque guitar into blues and sprinkling Moog magic all over it, the meandering “Pentatonik” takes Oriental grace to space. But while “Simbiosis” is a reckless, deliberately disjointed dance, “Colisión” gets weirdly abstract, the piece’s organ a mere garb for throbbing groove that’s steeped into crystalline fusion.

Delicately textured percussion peppering “Transmigración” helps other instruments outline retrofuturistic, yet not entirely exotic – thanks to marimba-kissed samba rhythm – landscape, but the balladry of “Mutación” is gently patinated, unlike “Amalgama” whose vibes drive the drift to the “Green Onions” sort of unpredictable delight. Likewise, whereas “Ancestral” taps into tribal instincts but this brief – clocking in about two minutes – carnival is vertiginous, the briskly romantic, albeit somewhat tentative, triumph behind “Evanescente” feels cautious, and the shimmering steps of “Vertical” bring on a beautiful intrigue.

The listener could guess it anyway, from the album’s title. A little treasure.
Dmitry M. Epstein /

Brise-Glace - When In Vanitas... (1994)

Style: Abstract, Noise, Experimental
Format: CD, Vinyl, FLAC
Label: Skin Graft Records

1.   Neither Yield Nor Reap
2.   Host Of Latecomers
3.   Stump Of A Drowner
4.   Restrained From Do And Will Not (Leave)
5.   One Syntactical Unit

Bass Clarinet – Gene Coleman
Guitar – Henry Kaise
Organ – Dave Grubbs
Percussion – Carolyn Faber
Tape – Christoph Heemann
Drums – Thymme Jones
Electric Bass – Darin Gray
Guitar – Dylan Posa
Guitar, Organ, Tape – Jim O'Rourke

BRISE-GLACE is the "cut-up" band formed by Jim O'Rourke, Darin Gray (Dazzling Killmen / You Fantastic!), Thymme Jones (Cheer-Accident / You Fantastic!) & Dylan Posa (The Flying Luttenbachers / Cheer-Accident).

In the tradition of CAN, THIS HEAT and FAUST, BRISE-GLACE is as much about deconstructing the functions of rock music, as it is operating as a rock band. Shifting moods and temper, BRISE-GLACE masterfully interweave disparate introductory "scenes" that simultaneously challenge expectations and question definitions. Also featured are Henry Kaiser, Christoph Heeman (HNAS) and David Grubbs.

"The most intriguing rock music of the 90's" - The WIRE