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For 20 years this British rock trio has straddled the boundaries of progressive, noise, minimalism and avant-rock here in a 3 part 43 minute long work in a scenic journey through loud New York minimalism, celestial drones, avant rock, kosmiche-noise, rockin' riffs and much more.
 

Guapo
Obscure Knowledge

Guapo: Obscure Knowledge (Cuneiform)

Label: Cuneiform    
Released in: USA    


"Guapo is a British trio that plays an intense music that straddles the boundaries of progressive, noise, minimalism and avant-rock. Their sound has been compared to such artists as Magma, Boredoms, King Crimson, Univers Zero, This Heat, Ruins, Sun Ra and Terry Riley. As Sound Projector put it, "Guapo come on like all the hellhounds of Magma, Eskaton and Ruins were after them...on a par with Magma's Kohntarkosz or Univers Zero's Ceux Du Dehors".

The group started their life as a heavy bass/drums duo playing post-hardcore, noisy rock, but in the two decades since, they have expanded their instrumentation and their stylistic references to become one of Europe's most highly respected 'muscular and modern' experimental/progressive rock bands.

The album's 43 minute long track is a dynamic, fluid beast that takes the listener on a scenic journey through loud New York minimalism, celestial drones, avant rock, kosmiche-noise, rockin' riffs and way beyond.

Smith, who is also a sculptor as well as drummer, looks after the aesthetic considerations of Guapo and is keen to provide a backstory for their albums. Smith explains: "The title of the piece of music and album is derived from the psychoactive rituals of various Native American people who are said to 'tap into obscure knowledge' when performing certain rituals and rites of passage."

The album's 43 minute long track is a dynamic, fluid beast that takes the listener on a scenic journey through loud New York minimalism, celestial drones, avant rock, kosmiche-noise, rockin' riffs and way beyond.

Smith, who is also a sculptor as well as drummer, looks after the aesthetic considerations of Guapo and is keen to provide a backstory for their albums. Smith explains: "The title of the piece of music and album is derived from the psychoactive rituals of various Native American people who are said to 'tap into obscure knowledge' when performing certain rituals and rites of passage." "-Cuneiform






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Product Information:

UPC: 045775040424

Label: Cuneiform
Catalog ID: CUN-CD-404
Squidco Product Code: 20862

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Orgone Studios, North London, June 5-7, 2014. Additional Recording at The Elms, West Pennard.

Personnel:

James Sedwards-bass

Dave Smith-drums, percussion, keyboards

Antti Uusimaki-keyboards

Mike York-woodwind

Kavus Torabi-guitar

Emmett Elvin-keyboards, synths

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Track Listing:

1. Obscure Knowledge I 25:39

2. Obscure Knowledge II 4:39

3. Obscure Knowledge III 12:40