say hello to the mul­ti­coloured Madrid prog­gers who are mak­ing waves in spain and beyond.

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It’s fair to say that Me­lange have a pretty fit­ting moniker. The Madrid prog rock­ers’ sound strad­dles myr­iad gen­res, in­clud­ing world mu­sic and jazz, but they man­age to do it with­out feel­ing lost at sea.

“It’s a very di­verse, tex­ture-based sound with a wide amal­gam be­tween dark and bright,” ex­plains key­board player and vo­cal­ist Mario Zamora.

“It also has in­tense and ex­plo­sive rhyth­mic sec­tions, match­ing with rich har­monies full of var­ied rem­i­nis­cences.”

The quin­tet’s lat­est re­lease, the trippy full-lengther Viento Bravo, is their sec­ond al­bum since of­fi­cially form­ing a few years ago. Opener Rio Re­vuelto sounds like Syd Arthur sun­loung­ing in the Mediter­ranean on a sum­mer evening, while there are lib­eral lash­ings of 70s prog strewn through­out, too.

“We met each other over 10 years ago but the first time we played to­gether was back in 2015,” Zamora re­flects. “Miguel [Rosón], who is our lead gui­tarist and singer, con­tacted the rest of us and we started play­ing his old demos, but later we were all mak­ing our songs to­gether.”

The group don’t feel there’s a dis­tinct ex­per­i­men­tal scene in their na­tive Spain at the mo­ment. “We can­not see any kind of prog scene in Spain or Madrid, but there are a lot of good Span­ish bands, such as MKM, Al­berto Mon­tero, Mo­hama Saz, Víc­tor Her­rero, Guer­rera, et cetera,” Zamora says. “There’s a lot of Span­ish pop­u­lar mu­sic in­flu­ence in our mu­sic, as well as lots of pop­u­lar and an­cient mu­sic from all over the world. There’s also some Span­ish Jewish me­dieval sounds, fla­menco roots, or other coun­tries’ miss­ing links, like Greece, Mali and West Africa.”

Me­lange’s ab­sorb­ing sound is a melt­ing pot of colour, but this ap­proach to song­writ­ing isn’t pre­med­i­tated or writ­ten as a box-tick­ing ex­er­cise in break­ing bound­aries and stray­ing from the norm. In­stead, it comes from deep within.

“We just want to feel free, hon­est and cre­ate our ‘in­ner folk’,” Zamora says. “It’s a heart’s im­pulse. To do what we want to do is sim­ply great and it gives us power and en­ergy to con­tinue. We’d love to do it for a long time.” CC

“We want to feel free, hon­est and cre­ate our ‘in­ner folk’.”


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