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3.17 | 9 ratings | 4 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1980

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ingurutxu (4:14)
2. Katu Beltza. Txalopin Txalo (5:52)
3. Ni Hiltzen naizenean (4:40)
4. Karrakan Trakatan (4:50)
5. Prakamanen Itsasoan (3:01)
6. Ilhun-Nabarrez (4:27)
7. Ariniketan Arin (3:01)
8. Hilbehera (7:33)

Total Time: 37:38

Line-up / Musicians

- Fran Lausen / violin, guitar, voice
- Luis Camino / guitar, percussion, voice
- Aurelio Martinez / flute, goxoak
- Joxe Korkuera / guitar, voice
- Odile Kreuzeta / keyboards, xirula, voice
- Xabi Laskibar / bass

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
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IZUKAITZ Otsoa Dantzan reviews

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Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This album was my first introduction to the Basque folk music genre, which is yet mostly a mystery to me. I'm not sure how representative album "Otsoa Dantzan" is in the style of this genre, but after some cautious tasting I must admit that I like this record quite much! Judging with non-professional understanding on just basis of this album, it seems that the Basque traditional music elements have interacted with other European traditional musical styles, as the themes run on familiar sounding scales and the thematic structures don't sound very foreign when compared. There only very little connections to any kind of "rock music" here, maybe only occasional amplified electric basses and acoustic guitars. I have not heard their first album, but I have understood that their first "Izukaitz" titled record has more rock elements in it. In addition of joyful medieval sounding tunes there are also some ethereal passages, little resembling the moody floating of some ECM label jazz records. The album is opened by "Ingurutxu"; A happy flute and guitar interplay conjured by bright sounding percussion. A male voice announces the changes of the song parts which bring interesting rhythmic content to the composition. The melodic themes are quite comprehensive with many details. "Katu Beltza. Txalopin Txalo" introduces the lovely female voice bringing forth delightful melodic passage along with violin and flute following the guitar chord progressions' rhythms. Later male voice enter, and in the end all singers present and final chorus, preceded by a faster guitar/violin/flute theme. "Ni Hiltzen naizenean" builds up from vocal chorus, and I think the theme is some kind of "battle song". This theme is varied with violin backed up with guitar, later joined by the fiddle, and these sequences are repeated three times. "Karrakan Trakatan" is one of my favorites here with the second track, having a nice raw amplified acoustic guitar running aggressive scales. Later percussion, pipes (some of the Basque instruments?) and singing join the song.

"Prakamanen Itsasoan" is enriched with sounds of distant waves, and the fragile composition builds up from beautiful piano and flute notes, creating a dreamy landscape, pleasing me highly. "Ilhun-Nabarrez" has a nice melody by a fiddle. A medieval European sounding flute melody introduces the singers and an acoustic guitar and violin. This number is more based on repeating pretty melodies than many other more detailed numbers on this record, and this is a very pretty song too, having a nice saxophone solo in it. "Ariniketan Arin" is a fast violin driven number with percussion, male vocals and neat fast acoustic guitar playing. The last song "Hilbehera" is the longest track of the album, running seven and a half minutes. It starts with bagpipe sounding fine melody (the mysterious for me Basque invention?), slowly gaining more layers of different instruments. Later the song transforms to resemble very much the softer parts of the first track of the album, bringing front fabulous flute passages. Then there are some great amplified acoustic guitar solo pickings. In the end there are the only rock/jazz drumming of the whole album, making the music sound like more conventional 1970's flute driven folk prog. In addition of the authentic Basque instruments used here (with exotic sounding names in the musician list, goxoak & xirula for example), I don't know the Basque language either. But still I'm able to enjoy the aesthetical qualities and feelings which this album creates, and I would recommend it warmly to anybody interested of European traditional artistic folk music! I also predict that this won't be the only and last Basque folk album I'm going to check out.

Review by kenethlevine
2 stars This second and final production of IZUKAITZ is somewhat more significant from a progressive perspective than their debut. Occupying the Venn Diagram intersection of STEELEYE SPAN, TRI YANN, and ITOIZ, they lack the potency of the former, the engaging personality of the second, and the haunting and lucid songwriting of the latter.

Again, I have no beef with the group's playing and even singing. Tracks 3,4 and the finale are especially strong, and the keyboards along with the pipes, fiddles, whistles, and enthusiastically strummed acoustic guitars, occasionally transcend musical boundaries into a realm we can only call prog, even if Track 5 veers decidedly into new age posturepedic territory. It's the staying power of the material that I continue to call on the carpet - for an ostensibly timeless genre, most of the music of IZUKAITZ is as ephemeral as the most transitory of pop. Perhaps they really play a live style which needs to be experienced with all the senses, but I doubt we will ever know.

This disk has the potential to be a hit with those who enjoy sprightly traditional music that acknowledges the significance of the progressive rock of the time without fully absorbing it. It's the recommended IZUKAITZ album, and warrants 2.5 stars, but I am rounding down due to aforementioned weaknesses.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars ''Izukaitz'' did not have a great success regarding its sales and even according to the band's members they maybe hurried a bit to publish their first work.During the summer of 79' Izukaitz played in a number of music festivals around the Basque country and in September 79' they started working on their second album with a refreshed line-up.Bassist Jesus Mari Aranburu and guitarist Bixente Martinez surrounded the remaining trio of Kruzeta, Lasuen and Aurelio Martinez and in 1980 the second effort ''Otsoa dantzan'' saw the light, again on the Xoxoa label.

This sophomore work of Izukaitz follows a more progressive mold, even if the style of the band remains largely acoustic with strong Basque Folk influences and limited rockin' content.However the album contains plenty of interesting interplays between acoustic guitars, flutes and violins, creating rich, traditional soundscapes, as most of the tracks appear to be reworkings of old Basque songs.The few moments with the presence of electric guitars appear to have an evident psychedelic and outdated sound, which still sounds interesting next to the heavy display of acoustic interplays.Some of the tracks retain the intense, poetic nature of the band's debut, based on ethereal female and more lyrical male voices, which is pretty good in my books.There are obvious attempts by the band to deliver a more diverse and intricate approach at moments: Light piano lines, slight symphonic influences, scarce sax melodies and more stretched instrumental ideas are offered in the album.However ''Otsoa dantzan'' is heavily grounded in the Basque Folk tradition and its progressive content relies mostly on the excellent interplays between the instrumentalists.

By the time the interest of the audience for Folk Rock and the lack of appropriate fields for live appearances seem to have affected the group's future, even if the new album was warmly received by the press.Izukaitz continued their way into more electric explorations, adding even some jazzy lines in their sound, but their supposedly third work was reputedly recorded but never released.Internal tensions between the members eventually led to the disbanding of the group in 1981.

Decent Folk Rock with lovely interplays and expressive vocals.More balanced than their rather lyrical debut and a recommended work, especially for fans of more traditional listenings.

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4 stars After reading the review about this album, I thought it could be some kind of folkish Itoiz, but it reaches the limit of what I could call progressive. I wouldnīt define it as a prog-rock album, it lacks electric instruments and percusion (there arenīt any drums) and even the lyrics show the fol ... (read more)

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