Tuesday 10 October 2017
Espiritu - Crisalida (1975)
The debut album from this Argentine band.
Espiritu was a quintet with a lineup of keyboards, bass, drums, guitars and Spanish vocals.
Argentina has had a lot of very good symphonic prog bands and also a very good scene. There is still coming some very good bands from that scene. Nexus is one of the new bands and you can find a review of their latest album somewhere else in this blog. Crucis was another great band.
Espiritu was one of the first bands from this scene. Their first two albums is regarded as cult classics.
The music here is indeed symphonic prog heavy influenced by the Italian symphonic prog scene. That scene again heavy influenced the Spanish symphonic prog scene. Besides of the same language, it is easy to note the Spanish symphonic prog influences here too.
There are a lot of Yes influences here too as the music is pretty complex and technical. Much more than the likes of Genesis.
There is a lot of South American culture and sound here too. And there is some hints of folk rock too. But mostly from Yes and the Italian scene.
The music is complex and full of technical details from all the instruments. These forty minutes is indeed full of dense music with some very good vocals on the top. And the sound is good too. In short, this is a good album and one well worth checking out.