Aris­to­crats TRES CA­BALLEROS

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Guthrie, Bryan and Marco re­turn with a new stu­dio al­bum that is full of the feel and tempo changes you would ex­pect. It’s a mu­si­cal tri­umph that will keep you in­trigued from start to fin­ish while be­ing over­whelmed by the abil­i­ties of these guys. Again, it’s an all in­stru­men­tal af­fair but there’s so much tex­ture in what they play that the brain has no time to switch off. As a re­sult it can be pretty full-on at times but the oc­ca­sional softer sec­tions, like the open­ing of Pig’s Day Off and the aptly named Pres­sure Re­lief, pro­vide a lighter side. The ex­per­tise and qual­ity of play­ing is way off the scale yet this has that‘ car­rot to the don­key’ ef­fect that keeps you want­ing to move along with them. Smug­gler’s Cor­ri­dor has a lovely retro feel about it that wouldn’t sound out of place were it re­leased back in the hey­day of Bri­tish guitar in­stru­men­tals. It’s this abil­ity to switch ef­fort­lessly be­tween tech­ni­cal prow­ess and sim­ple melody that puts this band into a class of their own. In fact, this track would be an ex­cel­lent start­ing point for those who are a lit­tle in­tim­i­dated by these par­tic­u­lar ca­balleros. So, come on, give it a try – you know you want to!


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