April 25, 2016

Jorge Reyes & Antonio Zepeda - A La Izquierda Del Colibrí, 1986


A La Izquierda Del Colibrí ("to the left of the hummingbird," named after Huitzilopochtli, an Aztec deity whose name translates roughly to "hummingbird's left") is a collaboration between Mexican prog and ambient cornerstone Jorge Reyes (who has collaborated extensively with Steve Roach) and Antonio Zepada, a dancer, free jazzer, and ambient musician. Both had a strong interest in pre-Hispanic instruments, and they're used extensively here (ocarina, teponaztli, and omichicahuaztli, among others) alongside a slew of synthesizers. A La Izquierda is mostly instrumental and heavily percussive, dense with tribal drums, purply synth pads, and rainstick textures. It also goes real hard on the wind instruments and field recordings of birds, so if you're not excited about pan flutes, you should probably skip this one. Otherwise, take it for a drive and enjoy! Note: the last track doesn't seem to be listed on any of the pressings that I can find, and I can't find any information about it, but it's really good so I'm including it anyway.


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