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Alejandro Villalón Renaud


Progressive Electronic

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It is wonderful to be surprised by a man from your own country, and I say this because when I saw Azafrán Media released this album by a man called Alejandro Villalón, the first I asked to myself was "Alejandro who?" but none of it matters when I listened to the album and knew he is a Mexican man creating great music. So surprise, we have talented musicians in all the parts of the world, we just have to give them a chance so their music will rise. In this case, I am sure fans of progressive electronic music will have a ball with this album, whose name is "Simbiosis" and contains six tracks for a total time of 44 minutes.

The name of Tangerine Dream will come to your head, I believe that iconic band was an inspiration to Villalón Renaud. It starts with "Caos" which is slow in the first two minutes, but man, be careful because later it explodes and you can have a heart attack if you are not prepared for this drastic changes. Now you can feel on space, floating, flying, looking for a place to land, but at the same time you feel unsecure, with some nervous and a chaotic feeling, so the name of the song is actually reflected on the music. The track brings different passages, and the music is very visual, so you can close your eyes and put images on your mind, you just have be relaxed and open, the music will do the rest.

"Espectro" offers a bunch of textures and nuances since the very first second, the several synths' sounds create wonderful atmospheres, which are greatly complemented by a soft guitar that can be heard here and there. The track flows and progresses, different sounds can be heard even some bells after four minutes, so the inclusion of new noises is good and helps the music not to be plain, actually, it is far from being plain. "Foresta" is the longest track reaching 8:30 minutes. Though it is alike to the previous track, this one brings a salad of sounds, it takes us to another galaxies where we get on well with different species that surround us. The quantity of things I imagine is tremendous, which means the music succeeded, at least with me.

"Revelaciones" seems to be more chaotic than the first one, here I listen to a ton of sounds that in moments my senses can bear, I cruised the line and entered to another galaxy, where my eyes witnessed things they never watched before. But at minute three in my dreams I fell asleep for some seconds, when I woke up a bright light appeared, I was floating and some strange beings were surrounding me, watching me, I did not say anything, just stare at them and feel the light glowing, entering in my soul until a strange calm covered my body and felt tranquilized.

Now it is time to dream again, so "Sueńos" appears with a much calmer sound, a friendlier and gentler one, here I remembered a bit to Rick Wakeman's Aspirant trilogy. This one track could actually fit in the relaxing music category, I really feel calm and easy with in spite later it brings more sounds and atmospheres, the calm remains. "Transmutaciones" is the last track, a piece that sums up what Simbiosis offers. It is a cool way to finish this spacey album made by this Mexican genius which has nothing to ask to the same Klaus Schulze. And though I do not consider it to be a true masterpiece, it is a solid album that fans of electronic prog and even from other styles of prog will enjoy, just like I did, because it is a great album without a doubt.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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