Vespero - Rito. 2007 Russia

Vespero are a space rock band from Astrakhan, a city on the northern shore of the Caspian Sea in Southern Russia, near the border of Kazakhstan. So, in effect, miles from anything familiar. And yet there are few bands today - or perhaps none - that have captured the European spirit of space rock, Krautrock, and progressive rock like Vespero has. Their music is at once exotic, and yet familiar. Somewhere between Korai Orom, Ole Lukkoye, Hidria Spacefolk, 60's Pink Floyd, Can, Ash Ra Tempel, and a yet-to-be-identified group from Kazakhstan. And with that, Vespero begin their studio recording career with the splendid Rito. Psychedelic guitar, spacey synthesizers, pulsating bass, echoed vocals, and pounding tribal drums are what you can expect here. And Rito features their finest track ever (as I write this in 2017) with 'Inna's Burst in Tears', a stunning piece of Agitation Free influenced Middle Eastern space rock with Lisa Gerrard styled wordless female vocals. This song alone leaves one breathless, and is reason enough to explore the entire band's canon. And they do not disappoint. Ever.

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CD: 2007 RAIG

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