Band: El Tubo Elastico

CD Title: el tubo elastico

Website: www.eltuboelastico.bandcamp.com

Label: Independent Release (2015)

Rating: Great Stuff 4/5



This Spanish quartet is really good at what they do and what they do is play instrumental Progressive Rock with hints of fusion. The opening track of this forty-five minute CD is a killer. It’s entitled “Pandora” [6:50] and features all the right proggy elements of shifting time and tempo, powerful musical thematics,  exhilarating crescendos and loads of great guitar solos and riffing interspersed throughout. In fact these seven instrumental tracks do just about everything right. Most of them clock in over six minutes in length which allows for the band to run through plenty of musical change-ups, but what I really like about these guys is that while they love to constantly change things up they also like to come back to the song’s core theme or melody line. They also seem to excel at writing some really wonderful segments that get repeated just enough so as to not overstay their welcome.  I’ve said in the past that it’s tricky with instrumental music to avoid sounding samey, and one of the ways thatEl Tubo Elastico avoid this pitfall is by writing rather intricate compositions that rely on many different sounds and styles from the guitars and keyboards. As I said at the outset, I really like this band. Their music is never tiring, full of complex momentum with something different around every corner. They avoid the usual clichés and write music that ebbs and flows, weaves and bobs and just plain shakes things up, all the while creating compositions that hang together ever so neatly. It’s really good stuff and I urge you to check them out. Recommended