The Spanish Progressive Rock Encyclopedia

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 Gotic 

 From:

    Barcelona  

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


Rafael Escoté (bass), Jordi Martí (drums), Josep Nuix (flute) and Jordi Vilaprinyó (keys).


 Discography:



Escenes
(1977)

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Gotic is a very good symphonic band that remind me of Camel, yet have a lighter maybe more fusiony sound than them. Lots of flute, lots of cool melodies, and a great deal of Spanish culture are evident. (?)


This band melds the folk spirit of early PFM, the progressive classicism of Camel's Snow Goose period, and a healthy dose of light fusion into one of the best instrumental albums Spain has ever produced. The basic lineup is piano, flute, bass and drums, with guests on acoustic guitars, synthesizer, and percussion. Fans of the aforementioned will not be disappointed. (?)

Gotic's Escenes is a stunning album and one that is highly recommended. A quartet (with guests on a song or two), the main draw is the beautiful flute work, the fluid analog keyboards (moog, mellotron and piano really shine forth) and tasteful (though occasional) electric guitar solos. In particular, some of the flute/keyboard passages are simply inspiring. There is also violin heard now and again. Escenes is a is very lush symphonic, finely woven in detail. Though not sounding very similar, I am remind of Celeste's excellent Principe Di Un Giorno because of the pastoral nature of both these albums. Perhaps it is because of the shared heritage but some of the keyboard work reminds me very much of Chick Corea circa Return to Forever (electric formation but quieter passages) so there is a bit of a fusionesque air, as well. In other words, while I am reminded of Corea blended with the '70s symphonic Italian scene, as a whole Gotic sound like no one else. Again: very highly recommended! (?)


Escenes is a good example of Camel-like melodic instrumental prog. Very much like The Snow Goose, but periodically slow, still some very fine moments overall. Flutes and keyboards dominate the mix, there are guitars on three or four tracks only. "La Revolucio" uses piccolo and marching snare to create a sort of American Revolutionary feel. It and the beautiful ten-minute "Historia de una Gota d'Aigua" are the best songs. (Mike Ohman)


"Escenes" was re-released by Fonomusic in 1988.


Review of the record "Escenes"