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3 stars A very nice effort!

Once again I took advantage of internet facilities and got this album by Argentinean band Risotragia, which is free to download. This new group released last year (2011) their eponymous debut album in which they let us know what kind of music they create, as well as their quality as composers and performers, it is always healthy to know new people are working hard to share something positive.

This album contains seventeen short songs that oscillate from 1 to 4 minutes average, with the exception of a couple of tracks with 5 and 7 minutes length each. The music in general is an interesting mixture of genres, with an inherent mellow and soft touch in all their compositions, with some symphonic moments, some jazzy oriented ones and even a couple of bluesy moments here. The vocals are pretty good, delicate and very Argentinean (hope you get me).

"La cima desde el mar" has that soft symphonic sound with delicate touches, it is a very good opener song that let us know about the mellow and sweet sound they have. "Eclosión- intraludio" has a very good atmosphere and a dreamy landscape, some water flowing can be appreciated here. In "Las Puertas" we can listen to a wonderful song, an instrumental first-class symphonic track where keyboards lead, but where all the instruments are relevant and essential for the success of the track. The bass is wonderful

A considerable change comes with "El gran salon de los espejos", where a ballad-like structure appears, with a very good string choir and a flute as background. The sound is very mellow, even beautiful and peaceful in some moments; vocals are included here. "Infraludio" is a one-minute instrumental track with a pastoral sound due to the flute, but with also some dark moments made by keyboards. Then we have "Eclipse y alineación en cruz cosmic", another short track where vocals return and offer a very enjoyable minute.

The whole album flows beautifully, every little piece is necessary, every single passage is different but crucial. "Infraludio deterritorializado" continues with that pastoral sound, and then all of a sudden a faster rhythm appears implemented by keyboards, followed by bass, guitar and drums in a new song called "La ola de calor", which happens to be the longest of the album, reaching the seven minutes. After the first minute its sound changes, it is softer, with nice atmospheric background while percussion makes its work. Later bass creates a repetitive but addictive structure in which keyboards can show off a little bit. This song is a highlight here, without a doubt their most accomplished work.

"La voz del fuego" is a blues-oriented track, with the four elemental instruments, as well as the voice and a cool flute over there. This is a sweet moment of the album. "Infraludio a medianoche" is a short but rich instrumental track, the first part is a delicate jazz section, while the second creates a nervous atmosphere. It leads to "Psompié" in which the jazz-like tune returns right away. "Providencia" is a short guitar oriented track, nothing more. A favorite song comes with "Ajenjo", here that particular Argentinean sound returns once again; I love the vocals, the organ and the strong bass that is always there.

In "El Nuevo sol" that soft style continues, but here we have some fast and brief changes that show the complexity of the composition, which is of course, well executed by the musicians. "Punto de fuga" is a nice instrumental time in which the repetition is the key; here the bass creates addictive lines that are followed by the other instruments. "Anexión" is the shortest track, it has 30 seconds of a tense atmosphere created by violins. Then it all of a sudden changes into a charming passage with nice vocals and a positive vibe in "Coda", the song that finishes the album.

What an original, fresh and cool album Risotragia has released, I am really happy with it. Now I encourage people to go and download it for free (not piracy, the band itself shares it), you will have a good time while listening to it, I am sure. My final grade would be 3.5 stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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