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José Luis Fernández Ledesma



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4 stars J.L. Fernandez Ledezma's "Al Filo" (2002), is intricate and enticing. It will be a shame to just pin it down to a specific "tagging".

Song writing progresses in each track to opposite moods. From the "dark" chorales of "Las Siete Columnas" its first track, to an immediate change of pace with the beautiful single acoustic guitar composition "Presencias". Both worlds come togethet in its third track "Oniromante", where all time collaborator Margarita Botello displays her talents in "invisible" singing. "Espejismo" the fourth track, as its name suggests, is an almost ethereal track, full of minimal hypnotic structures, which turns to be an exquisite background for both electric and acoustic guitars to come forward and then just vanish. These songs could be enjoyed by any kind of Prog-audiophile.

Next comes the mysterious 5th track "El Triangulo" this one is closer to electronic/acoustic experimentations. What makes it tick, is the extraordinary structure constructed solely with long flowing flute notes and menacing eerie lament like choruses, which makes it quiet clear why this musician was included in the RiO/AV prog sub-genre.

As the tormentous sky clears away, comes "Ojo de Venado" the sixth track, a more dynamic even festive song, with a blend of up-front Rock and a rain of not very Rock likely instruments vanishing all borders with his always great sense of musical composition and arrangements. The heavy 'RiO" bass is delightful.

After the "party" things slow down again in probably the most beautiful song along with track 2, "Las Cuatro Imagenes" ("The Four Images") the seventh track. Its minimal intrumentation brings it close to the best kind of "ambient" music. Again the marvelous voice choruses, the recurring guitar theme into a parallel harmonic environment even more "naked" than its introduction, but with the howling grief of a distant sax and its counterpointing sister flute. As the song evolves the "third" image" appears, to shower the track with an up-beat rhythm and "close to heaven" musical arrangements and song writing. To wave the day goodbye comes along the ephemeral dark closure, the "fourth image". Full of chaotic yet distant choruses. The 5 star song of this project .

To end things up track 8 "El Enyerbao", a mixture of prog/electronics and "native" music, which sounds as an extremely refined ritualisic "Residents" tribute. Short and fun.

I highly recommend this album to any follower of prog, but with a taste for the Avant Garde!

****4+ my review, PA stars.

admireArt | 4/5 |


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