SNOWDONIA Pallas

by Mellow Records MMP358

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This Spanish group presents an album of warm retro
symphonic prog with neo and folk accents.
Apart from the variety of keyboards including prominent Hammond played by Gonzalo Sanz, the main feature is M. José Millon
delightful voice which is equally expressive in Spanish and English,
as demonstrated by "Silencio" and "The Grave & Stern Decorum" respectively.
The melodies are simple and effective, carried higher by the abovementioned contributors and some nice fat lead and
rhythm guitar by Daniel Galera, which verges on pyschedelic
more than once, but always harmoniously.
"Bleak December Part 1", is sung in Spanish by Millon with a
middle section sung in English by Galera, and features beautiful organ sometimes played in an almost circus style, giving way
to a brief cacophony of guitars before mellowing out again.
Yes this is a mellow album.
The instrumental Part 2 is jazzier, with pleasant electric piano,
and lots of fun to listen to. Snowdonia knows how to vary the pace without compromising their position. "Lenore" is an acoustic guitar driven ballad with a well-placed flute break.
While comparisons to various classic bands are inevitable,
the group really defines its own style, with echoes of the past.
The closer, "A Demon That's Dreaming", is especially intriguing because of the wordless vocals above the exuberant old style guitars.

credits

released June 25, 1995

Lineup:

Christie Love: violin on "Bleak December (part I)"
Daniel Galera: electric guitar, acoustic 6 & 12 strings, vocals
Ester Rojas: flute on "Lenore"
Jorge Escavias: cello on "Preludio"
M. José Millon: vocals
Pablo Bagazgoitia: drums on 2, 4, 5, 8,& 10
Parra: drums on 1, 3, 6 & 9
Pepe "el Vibora": flute on "Something's wrong"
Roberto M. Oliva: electric banjo
Gonzalo Sanz: mini-Moog, Harp, Leslie Hammond, Fender Rhodes, Mellotron, Solina, Yamaha cs-40

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