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jueves, 17 de diciembre de 2015

Casa das Máquinas - Lar de Maravilhas (1975)


Sinfónico pero en un estilo más cercano al italiano es lo que propone Casa das Máquinas. Sandy trae su mejor disco, en el show de resubidas de progresivo brasilero.

Artista: Casa das Máquinas
Álbum: Lar de Maravilhas
Año: 1975
Género: Rock sinfónico / Prog Related
Duración: 43:31
Nacionalidad: Brasil

Lista de Temas:
1. Vou Morar No Ar
2. Lar De Maravilhas
3. Liberdade Espacial
4. Astralização
5. Cilindro Cônico
6. Vale Verde
7. Raios De Lua
8. Epidemia De Rock
9. O Sol/Reflexo Ativo

Alineación:
- Netinho / drums & percussion
- Simbas / guitars, vocals
- João Alberto / bass and vocals
- Pisca / guitars, vocals
- Marinho / piano, piano fender, minimoog



Creo que este es, desde lejos, el mejor álbum de esta banda, donde llegan a un estilo cuasi sinfónico
A partir de la portada del álbum, podemos relacionar a "Lar de Maravilhas" con los álbums de Premiata Forneria Marconi. No es que este álbum sea parecido a "Per un amico", pero hay algunas similitudes. Y quizás su música siga más o menos por el mismo camino: un rock algo suave, en formato canción, pero con un claro enfoque progresivo. Algunos juegos avanzados entre guitarra acústica y eléctrica, y el órgano, el Moog más esos ritmos complejos que le imprimen tanta personalidad aunque no se sepa nada de música.
Ya he presentado a este grupo brasileño que incorpora diferentes elementos que van desde The Beatles y Led Zeppelin, hasta Yes y Pink Floyd. Aclaro que no me parece un álbum de canciones excepcionales, y parecen reflejar una voluntad ingeniosa para imitar a los ídolos de los músicos de la banda, aunque tiene algunas melodías realmente buenas, y también lo son algunos lirismos de la guitarra ("Astralização" es una pequeña obra maestra, pero todo el trabajo de la guitarra es exquisito). El álbum es sin duda muy agradable en su conjunto, sobretodo con canciones como "Vale Verde" sin que sea un álbum memorable, es muy lindo de escuchar.


Eu vou dormir
Para sonhar
Poder sair e me elevar
Vou viajar
Num beija-flor entre canais espaciais
Rumo à lua verde, vamos rumo à lua verde
Lar de maravilhas eu vou me purificar
Rumo à lua verde, vamos rumo à lua verde
Lar de maravilhas eu vou me purificar
Lar De Maravilhas

Aquí los dejo con una obra que seguramente a muchos, a la mayoría, le va a gustar mucho, pero que más que nada muestra (como muchos de los discos de esta época) todo un entramado geográfico-social-cultural-político afiebrado, como fue el vivido en la década del 70. Para ello nada mejor que prestarle atención al siguiente comentario:

Estábamos en 1975, la represión política y la posterior restricción del derecho de expresión y otros actos de rutina fueron consideradas legítimas por los gobernantes, los Medici (1969-1974) y Geisel (1974-1979). Para aquellos que no habían nacido o eran muy pequeños, es muy difícil de entender el contexto político y social de esa época.
Sólo para ejemplificar, no se podía leer lo que no estaba en el interés del poder constituido. Yo mismo sólo podía leer algunos de los ejemplares de la alguna revista que contaba con una plantilla de respeto como: Paul Francis, Tarso de Castro, Jaguar, Ziraldo, Millor Fernandes, Henfil, Gullar y muchos otros. Gracias a la astucia del vendedor de periódicos de esquina, que a veces podía ocultar un sólo ejemplar antes de que sea retirada de circulación la edición. El pelo largo era sinónimo de guerrillero o subversivo, un enemigo marginal. Una simple conversación o discusión en un bar podía ser el pasaporte para una reunión involuntaria con la gente del "Destacamento de Operações de Informações" o el "Centro de Operações de Defesa Interna".
Bueno, toda esta charla pretende mostrar lo difícil que era vivir y crear en ese tiempo, sobre todo para las artes, ya sea literaria, musical o gráfica.
Pero vayamos al grano. Casa das Máquinas, con su segundo LP consolidó el concepto de lo que debe ser el verdadero artista progresivo brasileño. En mi opinión, fue el mejor trabajo de la banda y, sin lugar a dudas, una de las mejores bandas de rock progresivo, si no la mejor que Brasil ha tenido.
"Já se pode sentir embora longe, os reflexos de uma revolução biológica, que vai se agigantando a cada momento que passa. A vida esta se modificando. A luz da transformação vem de todos os espaços, vem do infinito, onde máquinas e homens jamais conseguirão registrar ou ver, vem também do interior do próprio homem, onde Raio x de ciência alguma poderá revelar.".
B.J.Aroldo
Creo que lo anterior, tomado de la cubierta interior del LP, es suficiente para mostrar cómo era esa temprano mentalidad de los miembros de esta fantástica banda. Las excelentes letras, los arreglos de buen gusto y el sorprendente virtuosismo de los músicos, son constantes durante todo el LP.
Por desgracia, probablemente bajo la presión de la etiqueta (Som Livre) y la nueva formación de la banda, Casa das Máquinas no siguió la línea progresiva, dando mayor énfasis al rock.
Mercenário Maldito

Así, que desde mi perspectiva, estos son documentos que traspasan lo musical. Aunque algunos sólo lo puedan apreciar desde el lado musical, aquí viven más sombras detrás del cristal del que se puede ver a simple vista.

This is their best effort! A truly prog gem! Great album! So beautiful!
Liberdade Espacial and Vale Verde are the best tracks, but all are wonderful. The Lyrics are a mix of non-sense, heavy drugs in the vein (lol) and some esoteric/spiritual. Of course you have to be familiar to the portuguese language, but if you are not don't worry... the instrumental is very good and worth the price!
I used to sleep listening to this album, it is a incredible journey! Very relaxing.
Art Rock/Symphonic Prog with some hard rock, space rock and pop/rock moments it's a resume of this brilliant album. The songs are not too complex, but are very very very creative! The feeling of rock and roll is very high, and the band put their heart on this!
Vocals, guitars, bass, drums and keyboards in perfect simetria!
Marcelo Moretti Eichler

At their second album, the band Casa das Máquinas dropped almost completely the hard rock (almost because the second to last song is a hard rock song) and went to explore the experimental and psychedelic side of music that was blossoming in the 70's (specially the mid 70's here in Brazil), probably influenced by Os Mutantes and O Terço. Besides Lar das Maravilhas being a good album, it never received all the attention it should, and that is probably because the brazilian prog giants released their albums in the same year (or almost in the same year) as Casa das Máquinas released Lar das Maravilhas: O Terço released Criaturas da Noite (their so called magnum opus), Os Mutantes released Tudo foi Feito pelo Sol and Terreno Baldio released their debut, also entitled Terreno Baldio.
In this album, as i said before, they went for a more experimental and psychedelic approach, concerning their music. However, at least here in Brazil, the psychedelic stuff had a big deal of hippie influence. That can be seen on almost all of Os Mutantes albums and in this whole album, except the song Epidemia de Rock.
About the songs, musicianship and other features there are some thing i would like to state:
Casa das Máquinas don't show us any sign of extraordinary musicianship in any part of the album. However, the songs don't require any kind of extraordinary musicianship because their most important feature is the feeling. In fact, i can see (or listen, i don't know) here many influences from prog giants like Supertramp, Yes, Os Mutantes (mainly lyric-wise) and Pink Floyd (mainly music-wise). Also, this band is only at PA because of this album and i don't understand why it is classified as prog-related since it has so many clear influences from the crossover and psychedelic prog.
Grade and Final Thoughts
Although i think this albums is unfairly underrated i must be fair and give it a fair grade, according with my feelings. I really wanted to give it the 5 stars grade, but it is simply not worthy. It hurts me to say, but this is a 4 stars album.
Caio "Dot" César

Casa das Máquinas (house of machines) is an art-rock band (in my opinion). They recorded three Long plays. I think it is the best of Casa, I means, it's the most progressive. The best song is "Vale Verde". The last one, "O Sol/Reflexo Ativo" is very good music, but with very poor lyric. "Vou Morar No Ar" and " Lar De Maravilhas" is very good too. Other songs are a mix of progressive and rock and roll. Well, three stars: not the best, but very good album, with instrumental passages, beautiful melodies and good rock and roll!
Flávio Zimmermann

Most of the tracks on this album feature an ear-pleasing combination of electric piano and moog, with the former giving a slightly celestial feeling and the latter inevitably marking this as a ‘heavy’ band. Which they are really, based on their other studio albums. This appears to be the most reserved studio work by the band, and even here there are a couple of tracks where the boys kick up their heels a bit.
I don’t actually know anyone who knows much about this Brazilian band, but their albums all seem to be available on CD, so they must have a fan base somewhere. There aren’t too many Portuguese-language symphonic bands in my collection, mostly because I don’t know the language and I’m one of those music fans who likes to know what someone is singing about.
But that’s not particularly important on this album since the themes are fairly obvious, and none of them are overly deep or complex.
Like the band’s debut, this album treads pretty wide territory, ranging from symphonic to light psych to heavy rock, and even to pop ala ELO or the Beatles (“Epidemia De Rock”).
Most of the tracks though are fairly heavy on keyboards, and like so many South American bands, most also feature copious amounts of plucked acoustic guitar. The one exception is also the best track on the album – “O Sol Reflexo Ativo” (er…, something about the Sun). This one opens with a lengthy piano and acoustic guitar intro that is accompanied by some spoken-word ramblings, presumably about the Sun given the title. After a quasi-psychedelic transition of the voice and keyboards using digital manipulation, the moog and electric guitar come in for three or four minutes of extended instrumental noodling that is actually quite engaging as it slowly builds to a rather frenzied pitch before an abrupt drum roll and crashing cymbal bring it all to a finish. Like the rest of the album, there is nothing new, innovative, or particularly complex here, but I get a distinct sense of upbeat energy being exhibited by the musicians, and I’ve managed to play this a half-dozen times or so and find new little nuances, particularly in the acoustic guitar and piano, that catch my attention and make me think these guys put an honest effort into this collection of tunes.
This isn’t a masterpiece by any means, but it is a pretty decent record, and recommended to those who enjoy acoustic guitar with their seventies keyboards, and very loose arrangements that are pretty much devoid of the typical blues or jazz stylings one could expect from this time period and geographic location. Three stars is reasonable.
Bob Moore

After their eponymous debut album, here's Brasilian five piece band Casa Das Maquinas their second effort. The sound is warm, alternating and in general rooted in the Seventies progressive rock tradition but with some surprising sidesteps. We can enjoy symphonic prog in the tracks Astralizacao (wonderful keyboards and Hackett-like gutiar work), Vale Verde (fluent rhythm and again beautiful keyboard play) and O Sol (moving Grand piano intro and a great grand finale with howling guitar and powerful organ). It's rock and roll time in Libertade Espacial (raw guitar and fat synthesizer sound) and Epidemia De Rock (strong organ solo and fiery guitar), mellow acoustic guitar play in Raios De Lua and lots of shifting moods and nice musical ideas (like flamenco guitar) in the titletrack, the absolute highlight of this pleasant and melodic CD.
Erik Neuteboom

Vamos con el disco y basta de chácharas.



3 comentarios:

  1. Download: (Flac + Cue + Log + m3u) http://pastebin.com/EqgXG7WH

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  3. Gracias Sandy :D Me lo llevo.

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