Wondrous Stories Journal # 109
For those that don’t know Patatgonia is the largely unspoil Southern region of South America shared between Argentina and Chile, including the Tierra del Fuego, an archipielago off the southern tip of South America ending at Cape Horn in the Antarctic Ocean.
This album is a collection of pastoral, almost new age styled, compositions which is not only beautifully written but is also a wonderful advertisement for the Argentine Tourist Board.
The CD cover features stories from the Region and some enticing landscape shot which had
me reaching for my travel atlas to see what it would cost to get out there.
The album itself consist of 7 evocative pieces describing different features of the land, its discovery, its people and wildlife. Modern keyboards and violin are complemented by traditional instruments of the Ona and Yamana Indian peoples of the Region. Several tracks incorporate the birdsong of native species to elaborate the ethnic and ecological metaphors. The closest comparison I can make to the music on this album is to yhe more relaxed aspect
of Jade Warrior’s Island years (e.g.Way of the Sun) and their final two albums without David Duhig.
Few bands were as successful at drawing the listener into landscapes and social behaviour as Jade warrior and it is a tribute to the skill of Bruno Sanfilippo that he has been able to create similar effects so well.The music has few, if any, sharp edges but never slip into the overt sentimentalism and quasi-religious undertones of many new age albums.
Enjoyable both as soothing background music and for more intense listening pleasure when the subtleties of texture and delicate touches of instrumentation can fully appreciated.