Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Secta Sònica ‎ “Fred Pedralbes"1976 + "Astroferia” 1977 Spain Catalan Prog Jazz Rock


Secta Sònica ‎ “Fred Pedralbes"1976 + "Astroferia” 1977 Spain Catalan Prog Jazz Rock 
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Secta Sònica ‎  was one of the groups of the scene laietana that arose in the 70s in the orbit of the combo formed by the Barcelona label Edigsa, which brought together the vast majority of the most restless artists in the city, and the local Zeleste room directed by Víctor Jou where the aforementioned musicians met and that at that time was located on Platería street, near Via Laietana. 

But this story begins with the return to Barcelona of Xavier Pérez after his unsuccessful search for a record contract at a London label. Once in Barcelona he goes through different formations such as the country-rock group Sloblo and Gato, a pop-rock group with a strong Anglo-Saxon influence. But none of these styles like it too much, in the words of Xavier himself " we did not want to do cançó, of course, nor did we want to abdicate from rock, but neither did we fall for noses in the mere copying of English-speaking groups, as we had done with Gato ". Then Xavier joins Rafael Zaragoza , with whom he had played in Sloblo, and lover of jazz-rock soundsThey had emerged in the city in the early 70's. Both, along with Jordi Bonell and Víctor Cortina , formed the most stable nucleus of the band, through which different percussionists passed. At first they had the name of Sect of the Star Wisdom but later they changed it by what would be its definitive name, Sonic Sect. 

For their debut album "Fred Pedralbes" (Edigsa, 1976) they have the help of other artists of the label such as Jordi Sabaté, Lucky Guri, Música Urbana component , or Xavier Batalles who played in Orquesta Mirasol , among others. In it the most progressive sounds prevail , approaching at times the symphonic rock , and vindicating the use of the electric guitar as a melodic instrument. 

The following year they released their second and, in the end, the last album "Astroferia" (Edigsa, 1977) , a more risky and experimental album than its predecessor and where the different concerns of the group's components are most noticeable. 

After this work the group disappeared. Xavier Pérez was clear about his goal: " I wanted to tell the things that happened to me in three minutes and I looked around, but I could not find the formula. It was very clear, of course, that singing in English was silly and that it did not make any sense to tell stories about surfers . " That formula would be found thanks to Jordi Vilella , drummer of the group, who took Xavier to the parties in the Gràcia neighborhood. Once there he discovers the Catalan rumba , being so fascinated that he decides to adopt it as his form of artistic expression. At the end of that year, like Gato Pérez , he launched "Carabruta" (Belter, 1978), that gave the beginning to a race with which it would end up becoming one of the maximum exponents of the Catalan rumba biography by Roberto Macho....lafonoteca....~ 


Secta Sònica ‎ “Fred Pedralbes"1976


To christen their debut album they decide to use the name of the wealthy neighborhood where the high bourgeoisie of Barcelona lives, the neighborhood of Pedralbes. In him, the band is sister with other groups of the same seal, they start off of a base of progressive rock with strong influences jazzies taking their music in some moments more until arriving at the symphonic rock , that already had practiced other foreign groups like Yes or The Alan Parsons Project. 

A curious element in the constitution of the group is the inclusion of three guitarists, that although in some subjects they played separately, in the majority they sound of joint way as in the ballad ” I left my heart in El Aaiun “, demonstrating that one of his strengths were both mastery and the perfect execution of his instruments. 

The sound of the band goes from songs as vibrant as the song with which they open the album, ” Violentos las stratas “ or ” Acoyte “, that they are joined by another group from the scene like Iceberg , to more folk songs like ” La terra is flat “ 

In the most experimental part of the album is ” La Palmèria “, where the group is closer to symphonic rock , as in ” Puré de rissos “ where the theme is based on the acoustic sound of the guitar and ” Wad-ras “, Whose use of wah-wah gives a very funky air to the subject. 

The main danger with which we find ourselves in the instrumental discs is that listened to continuously in the long run they end up getting tired, and this "Fred Pedralbes” is not an exception, despite the quite remarkable attempts of the group and that of first surprise. The album wins if you listen from time to time, allowing time to discover the different nuances and appreciate it in all its splendor….by Roberto Macho …lafonoteca….~

In truth, it is fair and necessary to remember those Catalan groups, Iceberg  Máquina , Fusion , Compañía Eléctrica Dharma , etc., that during the decade of the 70s were in charge of raising the musical culture of this country. Of course  Secta Sònica was one of those Laeitanian music groups. I had the opportunity to check it many years ago at the festival “First six hours of rock of Zaragoza”.
The group was created in 1975 by the hand of “Gato” Pérez . Years later it would become very popular for the Catalan rumba. At first his name was somewhat mystical, Sect of Star Wisdom , but soon they changed it by Sonic Sect . In 1976 they record their first album, Fred Pedralbes , containing in their training no less than three guitarists. A year later his second and final album, Astroferia , would arrive , a more experimental album than the previous one. 

The record was recorded by the company Edigsa, record company that united a large part of the Catalan groups of the time. The nine songs that it contains are instrumental, with a sound control of the guitar, how could it be otherwise. The sounds we find are a mixture of rock, jazz, something progressive and some droplets of folklore (“La terra es plana”) . Some illustrious Catalan musicians participated in the recording, Jordi Sabaté , Lucky Guri , Xavier Batalles , etc. The topics that I would highlight without a doubt would be “Violentos las stratas” and “Acoyte”....~


Credits 

Bass – Xavier Pérez* 
Bouzouki – Xavier Batllés (tracks: B2, B4) 
Congas – Noel Mújica 
Electric Piano – Dave Pybus* 
Guitar – Jordi Bonell, Jordi Sabates (tracks: A3, B2, B3), Rafael Zaragoza 
Percussion – Krupa Quinteros* 
Piano [Steinway] – Lucky Guri (tracks: B1)

Tracklist 
Violentos Los Correas 5:51 
I Left My Heart In El Aaiun 4:50 
Renato Sabrosone 4:17 
Wad-Ras 2:00 
La Palmeria 4:17 
Acoyte 4:04 
Puré De Rissos 1:35 
La Terra És Plana 3:17 
Aquàries 3:46







Secta Sònica ‎ “Astroferia” 1977

In this second album the group is more ambitious, the whole is much more complex than its cover letter “Fed Pedralbes” (Edigsa, 1976) , and it shows the different concerns of the members of the band, ranging from the Latin sounds - due to the taste for them by Xavier Pérez - to the most experimental side of the band, leaving aside its more symphonic vein and converting this “Astroferia” (Edigsa, 1977) into a very interesting album. 

It starts with the vibrant “ Castrelos ” which, together with “ Romaço de la ribera ”, are the most continuous themes of the group, giving a spin on “ Malambo by Rafael Barreti ”, a hard jazz-rock song where they sound more forceful and aggressive, or “ Mulatas de fuego ”, where they mix the Spanish guitar with a Latin rhythm and the characteristic sound of the group’s guitars, which are among the best of their career. These Latin rhythms are also noticed in “ Reggae de les regates ” and in “ Al bar petxina la cuca cuina a ritme que es cosa fina ”, also introducing metal sections to give more weight to the compositions. 

Following the path of experimentation we find pieces such as “ 84 ” and “ El tresor de Port Lligat ”, but among all of them, the theme that gives the name to the album, “ Astroferia ”, where Secta Sonica approaches Scattered Music in one stands out of the most risky topics of his career. 

It is praiseworthy that the group tried to break away from the usual monotony of instrumental discs, but the main problem that can be attributed to this album is that its music is too heterogeneous, from songs that follow a continuist line to other themes that completely break with the previous schemes of the group, which lead us to think that a union of all these concepts would convert this “Astroferia” into a disk with more packaging….by Roberto Macho…lafonoteca….~


Credits 
A&R – Dave Pybus* 
Arranged By – Secta Sònica 
Bass – Xavier Pérez* 
Congas – Noel Mújica 
Drums – Jordi Vilella 
Electric Piano – Dave Pybus* 
Guitar – Jordi Bonell, Rafael Zaragoza, Victor Cortina


Tracklist 
Castrelos 3:43 
Mulatas De Fuego 2:43 
Romanco De La Riber 3:30 
Al Bar Petxina La Basca Cuina Un Ritme Que Es Cosa Fina 3:03 
Astroferia 3:04 
Malambo De Rafel Barrett 2:34 
84 2:26 
Reggae De Les Regates 3:54 
El Tresor De Port Liegat 6:18 
Matraca I Fuga 4:25 



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