The High Fidelity Orchestra: S/T (CD, 39:04); Smogless Records, 2011, 1984 E-mail: N/A Cyberhome: N/A 10 words or less: Good Mexican, instrumental, Avant ProgRock Elaboration: This Mexican instrumental ProgRock band released this debut album in 1984. The disc opens with a twisted little 9/4 number including RIO- style rhythm and lead guitars and doesn't really end but fades way too quickly, (cheap production). RIO-style keyboard playing permeates the disc. Track 2 is a more serene 3/4 maintaining the dissonant keyboards in the background. Track 3 is in 10/4 time with a kind of plodding monster movie feel and of course the dissonant keys and guitar leads, it ends in a frenzy of buzzing guitars. Track 4 is much more varied in time signatures and tempos keeping the listener off balance for much of the composition; quite interesting. Track 5 is in 6/8 with the twisted keys being more prominent; the addition of marimba adds another dimension to the sound. Track 6 sounds like The Ventures mixed with Ozric Tentacles/Pere Ubu psychedelic sounds before transforming to a more hypnotic slow tempo with a guitar arpeggio. Track 7 is a noodly, mellow, jazz sax thing with drums that don't match the mood; this RIO-styled piece doesn't work at all. Track 8 starts quite promising with a Crimson/ "Matte Kudasai"-style intro before kicking into a 6/8 melodic piece; arguably the best tune on the album. The final track is an electronic adventure with drum machine and cheesy Casio keyboard; the echoed guitar almost saves it but it's just too silly. ~ L Perez
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