Saturday 29 June 2019

Aquelarre - Siesta (1975)

The fourth and final album from this Argentine band.

The band was a quartet on this album with a lineup of guitars, organ, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion and Spanish vocals.

I am not a big fan of their previous three outputs.... albums. Plodding pop psych albums with not many good songs. So I was regretting even choosing this band for reviews.

I did not have any hope for Siesta either.

And the first listening sessions was not overly encouraging although Siesta sounded like an improvement on their three first albums. And it is.

The band has here merged some Argentine rock with symphonic prog and psych rock.

And they have also written some good stuff and gotten their sound and soundscape right.

This album has a pleasureful mood. The vocals and the vocal harmonies are good. Ditto for the organs and the keyboards. Not to mention the guitars.

The band has never really mastered the art of songwriting. But the sound and mood elevates this album to a good album. I am really pleased with this album and it deserves a bigger audience.

3 points

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