The Best Prog Bands You’ve Never Heard Of (Part Nine)

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Sadly, this series, which I began all the way back in October, is coming to an end.  Let us enjoy numbers nine and ten, however, before we move on to other things.  The ninth band featured in this series hails from the land of monstrous windmills, otherwise known as Spain.  Gotic, the brainchild of Catalonian flautist Jep Nuix, released  one album, the instrumental Escenes, in 1977.  Although I always enjoy vocals on a good prog album, Escenes benefits from a wonderful mix of keys and flute, which drive all of the songs.  The pastoral cover of the album (featured above) conveys tranquility and beauty, and is similar in style to the nature inspired album covers of Roger Dean.  The album is not very long: there are seven songs, all of which but one are under 6 minutes in length.  There are four that I find especially pleasing to the ear:

Imprompt 1: the second song on the album is up-tempo compared to most of the other pieces, with solid, fast paced drumming and even a brief guitar solo

La Revolucio: the fourth song on the album is probably the heaviest piece (the songs are no heavier than any of Camel’s works) with solid bass throughout and, about halfway through, the band entertains with a brief fife and drum duet

I tu que ho vienes tot tan facil: the sixth song on the album and probably the best; features acoustic guitar, more fantastic flute work, and even some synth a la Wakeman or Emerson

Historia d’Una Gota d’Agua: the final song on the album and also the longest (about 10 minutes in length); opens with beautiful classical guitar and flute which, combined with piano, make this song a “comfortable” listen

Unfortunately, Nuix died before his time and Gotic split up, never to record another album.  Escenes is most certainly worth a listen, however, especially if you enjoy softer prog with a slight jazzy feel to it.  Take some time to listen to these proggers from southern Europe.  Viva la prog!

Here is La Revolucio:

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