AULAGA FOLK – A Menos Cuarto 2011
Aulaga is a Spanish folk Group from the Extremadura region. Founded in 1999, this is the groups third release. The nine band members mix traditional regional music with rock and general folk influenced music. This double CD and DVD set is a beautiful way to discover the fine folk-rock music of Extremadura both audible and visually. The main ingredients of their music is the deep male vocals, the more earthy female vocals, the sound of the flutes, violin, accordion and really nice percussion that shows influences from both the Southern and the Northern parts of the country. Which is, seen the geographical position of Extremadura, actually very logical. The musicians show on this CD that they choose the more popular approach, no long traditional/acoustic parts, but just solid and accessible folk-rock with lots of traditional elements. On the second CD you can even hear some African influences, nicely blend with the sound of the band. The DVD shows a bonus track, a video and a documentary which gives a nice picture of the way the group works and of its popularity in their region. This three disc set is a very nice release with nice folk-rock music and including an interesting extra DVD to complete the whole music experience.