Emotional Rescue returns with the third album in a series based around the music of Luis Delgado and Javier Bergia. After a collection of Javier’s best music, the reissue of their Ishinohana collaboration, here presented in ‘Vathek’ is Delgado’s debut solo album.
The second release on his El Cometa De Madrid label after Ishinohana, the LP is an avant-garde step forward from that collaboration, their work in Finas Africae and also, his previous Mecanica Popular project.
In a sense, Delgado is the link that brings many of the country’s music of that period together. A multi-instrumentalist he played his first concert at 14 before becoming an in-house engineer for RCA that led to Mecanica Popular with fellow engineer Eugenio MuNoz (Randomize) and the projects following.
The colder electronics of that project belie Delgado’s Andalusian Folk/Rock and Ethnic Fusion compulsion, as came to prominence with Luis Paniagua in their Babia releases and via the later success of Finas Africae.
In Vathek, Delgado pushes beyond these projects to utilise the studio and explore his interest in Eastern music. Subtitled “Procesos Electronicos Para Instrumentos Acusticos,” the premise was that even with all the machines, the knowledge to use them is not realized and therefore, the goal was to go deeper within these processes to create an new encompassing sound.
The ten pieces should, therefore, be seen in this exploration, yielding a deepness not associated with this golden period of Spanish music. A truly experimental album that is meditative and mesmerizing; a mastery of instrument, studio and thought.
As with Javier Bergia’s ‘Eclipse’ and Ishinohana before it, Vathek comes with wonderful hand-illustrated artwork by Finn Campbell-Notman, from his studio in the Andalusian foothills.