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NUEVO MEXICO

Prog Folk • Mexico


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Considered one of Mexico's first progressive groups, NUEVO MEXICO was formed in 1973 when an earlier band named ABRAHAM LINCOLN changed its name and added the eventually highly influential flautist Jorge Reyes. In 1975 they released their first album in 1975. Its emphasis on earlier psych and heavy instrumental workouts might have made it seem dated to some audiences, but in Mexico it was rather unique, and the playing pushed the boundaries of improvisation without clearly broaching them. The superb flute crossed stylistic lines from Tull-influenced to classical to early Latin American folk.

Unfortunately, by the time of the band's next and, essentially, final release, they were virtually unrecognizable, and Reyes was either absent or minimally involved, having formed AL UNIVERSO in 1976 and later the better known prog group CHAC MOOL at the end of the 1970s, both of which consolidated and buoyed his reputation. He enjoyed a lengthy and prolific solo and collaborative career as world renowned artist until his sudden death in 2009.

In the meantime, Carlos Matta carried on for a few more albums dubbed as CARLOS MATTA and NUEVO MEXICO that are generally not included in NUEVO MEXICO discographies.

The debut album of this obscure band remains a significant historic document and a worthy hard progressive folk opus in its own right.

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2.09 | 3 ratings
Hecho en casa
1975
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Ceramica
1979
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Rompe el Silencio
2008

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Hecho en casa
2006

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Nuevo Mexico Prog Folk

Review by apps79
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2 stars Nuevo Mexico, considered by authors as the first Mexican Prog band, were formed in 1971 by guitarist Carlos Mata, drummer Miguel Suarez and bassist Armando Suarez as Abraham Lincoln.While contacting a record company, they were pushed to change their name, thus Nuevo Mexico came onto surface and flutist Jorge Reyes was added in the line-up.Moreover their company started to infect the band's core, leading to the departure of Miguel and Armando Suarez (later they formed Al Universo) and the new formation included Raul Noriega on bass and Francisco Lopez on drums.The debut of the group ''Hecho en casa'' was eventually recorded in 1973, but for unknown reasons it was published only in 1975 on Orfeon Videovox.

Reputedly they were inspired by the music of YES, E.L.P., PINK FLOYD and other British monsters, but the only certain influences we can hear on their debut are JETHRO TULL with a touch of GENESIS in the long suite ''Sinfonia de rock No.1''.Otherwise the album is a mix of Hard/Psychedelic Rock with South-American Folk, heavily based on the flute work of Reyes and the psychedelic passages on guitars and rhythm section.Vocals are split in Spanish and English, a sign of the confusing period the band was getting through.The compositions are quite loose with many abstract parts and questionable structures, trying to get in the mix Classical-inspired themes with more loose offerings, which are dominated by percussions, guitar jams and hard-sounding rhythmic lines.The album still contains some piano and violins in sporadic moments in an attempt to come closer to British-styled Prog, but only the powerful flute exercises of Reyes are somewhat close to IAN ANDERSON's stylings with JETHRO TULL, especially in the groovy parts.In fact Nuevo Mexico's music tends to be quite experimental at times with an Avant-Folk mood often appearing in the horizon, another proof of their rather directionless musicianship.''El talon de Aquiles'' is propably the best of all tracks, somewhere between JETHRO TULL-esque Heavy Prog, Blues Rock and Folk.

Very uneven and unconvincing work.This was quite a daring group for the standards of the country, but the overall dated sound and the inefficient compositions are making ''Hecho en casa'' an album of limited interest, which should appeal to worldwide Prog collectors and die- hard fans of obscure Psych/Prog...2.5 stars.

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