Album Review: Tryo – Antologia Elétrica – 30 years (to be released)

Synths of Eden is a big supporter of progressive rock, as we launched the Spotify playlist Brasil Progressivo, with the best all-time Brazilian progressive rock and  its influences.

Chile is a hub for creative artists, when it comes to all-genres. A place well-know for its beauty, great affordable wine and  artists, such as Pablo Neruda for poetry and Alejandro Jorodowski for the cinema. It also comes in my mind the indie-pop with artists such as Javiera Mena and Alex Anwandter. Chile is well-know for its high amount of metal bands, as I recently discovered with this graphic.

Tryo, a progressive-fusion band from Valparaíso, on tour around the world, to celebrate their 30 years are releasing an anthology, called Antologia Elétrica.  The album was recorded by: Ismael Cortez, guitars, keyboards and vocal; Felix Carbone, drums; and Francisco Cortez, bass, vocals and cello. The albums also feature other guess artists in different tracks. Some songs have short vocals, others are mainly instrumental; however, when the band sings with lyrics, they are amazing poems in Spanish. The instrumental looks much alike the first works of Yes, such as the bass from late Chris Squire.

In a total of 13 tracks, some of them long others short, around 3 or 4 minutes. The album starts with an amazing track called Valparaíso Psicodélico (shared on Soundcloud). Starting with samples, of the seaside, proper of Valparaíso, that then shifts to keyboards, drums and guitars that bring up all the best of progressive rock tradition. Including a cello. After that, the album is followed by Viaje Cosmico, Órbitas and Círculos. Songs that also open their album Órbitas (available on streaming in Spotify). There are amazing vocals and instrumentals.  Followed by smaller quasi-instrumentals, such as Ventana and Tierra, to again proceed to a full-7 minute song Vive, more mellow, that reminds the progressive phase of Iron Maiden. Latino reminds a lot the works of Carlos Santana in the early phase of his career. Niebla is a instrumental, it makes justice to its name, meaning ‘fog’ in English. As for Condensiación, starts pretty much as an ambient song with guitars and ends incredibly with energetic vocals:

“Juntos sí, juntos como uno (Together, together like one)
Juntos sí, juntos somos uno” (Together, yes … together we are one)”.

The thematic of the lyrics remind a lot Brazilian rock from the 80s, that brought themes such as social justice and important political facts, such as empowerment of the people against oppression. As much as for transcendental travels.

The last three tracks are live: Nueva Época, Justice and Bloques.

While the album is not officially released, their previous 3 albums (Órbitas, Dos Mundos, from 2002, and Viajes)  are available in streaming platforms.

 

New Music: Darko Richards – Point of Departure (2018)

2018 has been revealing new artists to follow and different creative material. Synthwave is a nice style that bring back analogue synths and try to give a revival to the creative synthpop from the 80s; however, it can also get over-saturated with repetitive works as much as it happened before with brostep or the overflow of deep house some years ago, not more of the same please. Happily, this is not the case for Darko Richards and Point of Departure, where synthwave is summed with electric guitars riffs. His debut album shows interesting material to listen when it comes to this genre.  Synths of Eden is here to appreciate artists that do things out of the curve.

Point of Departure has 11 tracks, some of them posted on Soundcloud. Anima is an interesting material that has evolving bass lines, electric guitar and samples.  It is modern electronic music, influenced by rock with a retro feeling, that even adds riffs with distortion at some points. Searching, Proximity (with distinctive electronic-rock drums) and Who You Are features the vocal of Cassandra Lark.  Richard Valds, from Miami-USA, aka Darko Richards claims his material is cinema-inspired, with influences that range from Kavinsky to Radiohead and Muse. If you are a rock fan or appreciate nice electric guitar riffs, Not far from the Tree is a track for you.

 

 

Station to Station (1976) – Tribute to David Bowie

Once there were mountains on mountains
And once there were sunbirds to soar with
And once I could never be down
Got to keep searching and searching
Oh, what will I be believing and who will connect me with love?
Wonderful, wonder who, wonder when
Have you sought fortune, evasive and shy?
Drink to the men who protect you and I
Drink, drink, drain your glass, raise your glass high

Station to Station, David Bowie. Released on 23rd January, 1976.
Read full lyrics here.

Last year David Bowie left us. The man who one day came to earth is no longer in this planet. Nevertheless, if he was still here with us, it would be his 71 years old birthday. This blog cannot let this date pass without any honourable mention to this singular personality of 20th century music. Therefore, we are publishing here this track that is considered one of the best works ever made by him.

Station to Station is a transitional album, from the Young Americans phase to his Berlin trilogy, where he shifted from USA funky to his electronic phase influenced by Brian Eno.  Also, that’s the phase when he was abusing cocaine in Los Angeles and adopting the controversial persona of the Thin White Duck, associated with his character on the film released in 1976, The Man Who Fell to Earth.

It is possible to identify a certain kind of influence from krautrock and germand bands such as Neu! Station to Station is also the album from Golden Years, another one of Bowie’s greatest success. The album was recorded on Cherokee Studios, in Los Angeles, by the end of 1975, in a couple of months. Produced by Bowie himself, that went in a tour in the begging of 1976 to promote the new release after that.

Bowie has gone, but his legacy remains with us.

Streets of Rage – Soundtrack

Coming back to theme of videogame soundtracks on my blog, I found myself listening to soundtrack of Streets of Rage, the famous Mega Drive game where you had to beat everybody on the street and that was completely difficult at the same time.

This is just gold.

Album Review: Four Tet – Morning (2015)

One of the best discoveries I made recently when it comes to good electronic music is this album, Morning/Evening, by Four Tet (producer Kieren Hebden), released in July 2015. I know he has been around producing good music for a long time (as it’s his eighth album), but the sample with the voice of the indian singer Lata Mangeshkar stroke me deeply. Morning side is an unconventional 20 min track that has been considered Hebden’s second greatest streaming, it’s not by coincidence that one day Spotify discovery algorithms suggested me this.

This album is a proof that electronic music has no boundaries and that the genre limitation is always possible to be corrupted with the producer’s creativity. Four Tet has been attributed as IDM, Intelligent Dance Music, very controversial. For me, I still prefer to think that electronic music, and music in general, should not be limited to a few types of genres where artists should be limited inside them, that’s why each decade more genres arise with talented artists. Genres are important, as they give ideas of how to proceed, but corrupting them shows the talent and creativity of artists.

Morning has an expansive vibe, with emotional synthesizers and drums, that can be dancing and yet evolving for mere listening at home. I would suggest listening it in the morning. As the name says by itself.