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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
(Eduardo García Salueña)
Review of the record "Amoeba Split" (in Spanish)