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12 Nov 2016

Vespero “Lique Mekwas” 2016 Russian Prog,Space,Psych Rock,Experimental

Vespero  “Lique Mekwas”  2016 Russian Prog,Space,Psych Rock,,Experimental
Russian folk/psychedelic/progressive rock band Vespero are streaming their new album Lique Mekwas at the official Bandcamp location of R.A.I.G. Records. …… 

Vespero are back with their 14th album, not including Eps etc.. A very productive Russian band that started back in 2005. I have to say this is the best thing I have ever heard from the band and have been spinning this album a lot lately. Wow.. The album is a little over 70mins long and features 7 tracks. The band is also 7 members including violin, sax, wave drum. The Course of Abagaz starts things off with some tasty guitar that is complimented by some great percussion and drums as it slowly builds and the layers start to come together with space sounds and grooves with great solos. The track dies out around 7mins and they head into a new direction and an almost dub like groove starts but the music is really spacey. Cool stuff in this 17min track. Ras Dashen features some beautiful saxophone playing and complimented with synths, violin and cool drumming. It slowly becomes very eastern in feeling. Oromoo’s Flashing Eyes is driven by the drums and violin to start and a really groovy bass line. About 2 ½ mins in the sax kicks in… Some great guitar playing as well. Abyssinian Ground speeds things up and has a very cool drum rhythm and groove over which the violin, keyboards and other sounds mingle well. Intense. Around 4mins the guitar really kicks in. Isidore’s Prophet starts with some spacey synths, hand drumming and sax as it slowly builds. Very jazzy and a killer groove on this one. Follow the Fitawrari is another super grooving track where everyone gets to make a cool solo and play a part, starting with the violin! A sort of Moroccon like thing going on. Gnawa… Next up guitar and what a solo around 7mins.. Cool stuff. Amazing bass playing on this track as well. This one really blew me away. The CD ends with the Emperor’s 2nd Self and this is much more relaxed but some of the guitar is pretty psyched out, while the sax and violin in laid back. Pretty awesome 70 min record…by..Scott aka. Dr. Space ……… 

“Lique Mekwas – an official noble title of impersonators or doubles of the Ethiopian Emperor, who accompanied him far and wide. Two trusted and highly favored officials were given this title at the same time. They always walked or rode on either side of the monarch in battle, or in public processions, dressing as magnificently, or even more magnificently then The Emperor, in order to distract assassins, enemies, and all ill-wishes.” 

“Lique Mekwas” is the 7th studio album by VESPERO. It’s all instrumental musical burlesque telling the story of a young man who was appointed to serve the Crown Prince of Abyssinia as a guard-impersonator, and after the years of hard trials and adventures got to know that he had always been a true King of his country. 

“This Russian band is mining the same vein as classic Ozric Tentacles, spaced-out grooves that combine electronics and other instruments. But Vespero has a lot going on that lift the music about mere grooving… They know how long to ride a groove before switching it up, sometimes ramping up to double-time, sometimes dropping down to a more floating feel, varying the textures to build tension and release it. Lique Mekwas is great fun from start to finish.” – by Jon Davis at “Exposé” (USA) ……… 

Finally, Vespero gets back on track to fulfill the amazing potential that they had shown through the Naughties with their Liventure live albums and especially through their wonderful 2010 studio album, By the Waters of Tomorrow. Every move the band makes here shows maturity, confidence and sensibility. Great melodies, great changes of pace–even in the middle of songs, not as much reliance on the psy-reggae rhythms of the recent past. It’s a long disc coming out at 75 minutes but it is very rewarding listen–no fluff, all substance and intrigue–and with an awesome story being told in concept album form. Guitars, keys, bass, sax and violins are all strongly present with the prominently featured creativity of master rhythmatists, Ivan Fedotov and Alexander Timakov. This could be a masterpiece. Let me get to know it better. 
1. “The Course Of Abagaz” (16:18) opens with bass rapid harmonics play which quickly turns into some awesome rapid firm bass and rhythm guitar lines to support soaring sustained guitar notes performing the leads for the first three minutes. Tenor sax takes front and center over the next two minutes before giving way to more electric guitar. The awesome rhythm section sustains its breakneck speed throughout the first seven minutes of this long song–it sounds kind of like a SANTANA jam–which could be a problem in monotony were it not for the various soloists performing their interesting expositions. At the seven minute mark all instruments stop save for the spacey sounds produced by keyboards and flanged and other treated instruments. What sounds like a Mellotron (but is more likely a heavily treated violin) and Reggae-ish bass establish themselves as the new leads in this cool, slowed down section. PINK FLOYD and HAWKWIND come to mind here–especially as the synths take more of the foreground presence. Violin, guitar and sax solo at the same time, weaving their melodies into the spacey soundscape. What a trip! At 13:36 the music slows and a guitar signals a return to the SANTANA-like jam of the opening. Distorted keyboard has the first solo before echoed sax takes a brief turn, but it is the keys that carry it home to the end. Great song. (9/10) 

2. “Ras Dashen” (9:31) opens slowly, establishing a nice laid back groove with bass and congas and other hand percussives, with some HACKETT-esque volume pedal controlled soloing over the top for the first two minutes. Violin gets the next turn as guitar and keys establish some spacey weave beneath. Then its tenor sax in the fourth minute. Pause in the middle of the fifth minute allows a recalibration and then return to original pace only this time with full drum kit, staccato bass play and muted guitar chords providing that foundational weave for first keyboard solo and then violin. Drums get to shine a bit in the final two minutes. Probably my favorite song on the album. (9/10) 

3. “Oromoo’s Flashing Eyes” (10:00) opening with a nice little moving groove within which spacey synth noises and violin get to weave their sounds. In the third minute the song stops and restarts with drums and rhythm section establishing a new somewhat polyrhythmic direction (syncopated drum beats) over which tenor sax takes a turn. By the time the screaming electric guitar takes over the lead in the fifth minute the whole-band rhythm has again congealed into an insistent and unified thrum. Violin and guitar take turns with soli as the foundational music massages and hypnotizes the listener. (9/10) 

4. “Abyssinian Ground” (8:20) is perhaps the odd song on the album as the folk melodies and odd rhythms and unorthodox time signatures force one to wake up and take notice. Who said Russians don’t concern themselves with rhythm or time? Vespero are here proving them wrong. (9/10) 

5. “Isidore’s Prophet” (10:23) long and steady but not enough change, development or nuance. (8/10) 

6. “Follow The Fitawrari” (8:49) has nice development with sax, violin, synths and incredible bass play. There is an awesome spacey section in the sixth minute. The seventh minute puts some PERCY JONES-like bass play beneath the jazz guitar lead. (9/10) 

7. “The Emperor’s Second Self” (11:39) has a very nice slow pace and development from the eerie, spacious opening to the end of the sixth minute. Up to that point all instruments seem to be floating around in their own daydreams. Then the instrumental threads congeal and weave into a cohesive expression. By the 8:00 mark the music is beginning to sound like a meditative/breathworks jam intended to take both listener and musician into altered states of consciousness. Beautiful and awesome! (9/10) 

Overall, an awesome excursion into the spacey, rhythmically massaging world of Kosmisches Musik–done in a jazz fusion style!… BrufordFreak…. 

Hey, then you are on a right track on this occasion. Maybe you won’t believe, so please, give it a try from start to finish! VESPERO are offering something rather perfect here. Which means, this is either recommended for the tripped-out late hours of your next beach party (yep!) … or alternatively, in the same way, for a secret solo session by handling a bottle of wine and headphones (another yep!). Living in Astrakhan maybe causes a special inspiration - more than ever I’m wondering how they are able to realize such high quality albums, quasi in a row, since more than ten years now. 

Although still deriving from a space rock fundament, there is a further step towards a jazz/fusion attitude to state overall. The embedded drive is based on the collaboration of two percussionists here, apart from core member Ivan Fedotov, Alexander Timakov is on board too. Great presence by all means! The special ‘Lique Mekwas’ event is starting with The Course Of Abagaz, driven by afro beat, dub, jazz, mellotron and what else, equipped with an Ozric Tentacles feel somehow. 

Besides the violin - melancholy here and Vital(it)y there - the saxophone is very present too, there’s no mistaking. Over the course of seventyfive minutes playing time I can’t detect anything decreasing, the niveau remains on a top level. Strangely enough it took some time for me to concentrate on this album. Strike! I get a kick out of it! 'Lique Mekwas’ proves that VESPERO are real top scorer when it comes to the progressive rock genre. Excellent musicianship taken for granted. Every album differs, they have successfully avoided to repeat themselves until today. 4.5 stars!….by Rivertree….. 

Performed by: 
Ivan Fedotov – drums, percussion, wave drum 
Alexander Timakov – percussion, wave drum 
Arkady Fedotov – basses, synths 
Alexander Kuzovlev – guitars, electric piano (1, 4) 
Alexey Klabukov – keys, synths, noise box «Cacophonator» (1) 
Vitaly Borodin – violin 
Pavel Alekseev – tenor saxophone 

Songs / Tracks Listing 

1. The Course 0f Abagaz (16:18) 
2. Ras Dashen (9:31) 
3. Oromoo’s Flashing Eyes (10:00) 
4. Abyssinian Ground (8:20) 
5. Isidore’s Prophet (10:23) 
6. Follow the Fitawrari (8:49) 
7. The Emperor’s Second Self (11:39)

Vespero “Subkraut: U-Boats Willkommen Hier" 2012 Russia Prog Rock Kraut Rock ,Space Rock

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