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 Amoeba Split 

 From:

    La Coruña  

 Musicians: (original line-up and changes between parenthesis)


María Toro (vocals and flute), Ricardo Castro (piano and Hammond organ), Pablo Añón (sax), Martín Blanes (guitar and stick), Alberto Villarroya (bass), Fernando Lamas (drums)


 Discography:



Amoeba split (demo)
(2003)


Dance of the Goodbyes
(2010)

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Amoeba Split are a very promising ensemble from Galicia, that mix jazz echoes, classical music (mainly contemporary) and progressive rock, with a special attention to the Canterbury scene (such as Soft Machine or National Health). Their beginnigs were a psichedelic band named RAMA LAMA FA FA FA, where some of the current members were in, that evolved to a more complex style, until they dissolved in 2001.

The recording of three so different tracks is a good presentation card for the band: long compositions (between 9 and 10 minutes each) and a very broad musical range. There are a lot of references to all jazz varieties (swing, big band, cool, jazz-rock...), as can be heard in the instrumental "Turbulent Matrix", plenty of tempo changes, and with a good work of the ensemble. María Toro's vocals also contribute, on different registers, classical and contemporary. The first and third pieces show progressive elements, with a melodic taste. "Perfumed garden" reminds me to Hatfield & The North, with flamenco touches with the spanish guitar. The start of "Blessed water" present minimalistic ambiences by the piano and also Genesian influences (flute included)).

Nowadays they have a web site in construction and they can be reached through amoebasplit@hotmail.com . (Eduardo García Salueña)


Review of the record "Amoeba Split" (in Spanish)