Sunday 7 August 2016

Bandhada - Open Cage (2009)

The second album from this Chile based band.

The band was a quartet with a lineup of bass, guitars, keyboards and drums.

I believe their first album, their self titled debut album, was released back in 1993. And we have not heard anything more from the band after they released Open Cage, either.

This band is one of those fusion bands who stands with half a foot in the symphonic prog genre. Hence this album.

The music has it's roots in jazz. Indeed, we get a lot of very elegant jazz here. Polished, stylish and elegant. There are also half a leg of symphonic prog and classical music on this album.

Camel springs to mind. So does Return To Forever too from the jazz side of this album.

The album is almost one hour long and we get a lot of piano, half acoustic guitars, bass, drums, and some saxophone sounding keyboards. Oh, the saxophones are real, I have just discovered. There are also some shorter guitar solos here. Everything here is mid-tempo. 

Elegance is the word here. But there is also a lot of substance here. The band comes from Chile in South America. That is very obvious on this album as it has got a good South American feel.

The end result is a good album which does not tear down any houses or becomes too offensive. Everyone will find something good here. Hence, this album is more like a lamb than a wolf. And I prefer wolves.

3 points

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