Carta Marina is the first collaboration between the guitarist, composer and visual artist Ángel Ontalva (October Equus) and Russian space-prog rockers Vespero.
Inspired by images and visions of the "Carta marina et descriptio septentrionalium terrarum", the first map of the Nordic countries to give details and place names, created by Olaus Magnus and published in 1539.
released July 9, 2018
Ángel Ontalva – guitar
Alexander Kuzovlev – guitar, mandoline
Vitaly Borodin – violin, dictophone loops
Alexey Klabukov – keys, synths
Arkady Fedotov – bass, synth, noises
Ivan Fedotov – drums, wave drum
All music by Ángel Ontalva & Vespero
Recorded by Alexey Klabukov and Alexander Kuzovlev
in march – april 2018, at Vespero's Mobile Studio, Astrakhan
Mixed & mastered by Alexander Kuzovlev
Original graphics by Ángel Ontalva
Design by Alexey Klabukov
Ángel Ontalva :
"...This is overwhelming music. Mindblowing music. Brilliant music. When concept and music marries in this way there is really nothing that soothes my soul in the same way. This is a truly breathtaking album, a breathtaking journey and a breathtaking listen. I love it. I really do. I find no faults. Splendid instrumentation and execution. And if I feel this way after just a few hours, how much more will I find after weeks of listening? I dare say more. I can't rate it higher than five stars but that is the only thinkable rating for me. Thank you, Vespero and Angel Ontalva...."
"... The great thing about Carta Marina is that Ángel Ontalva and Vespero achieve the rare trick of sounding together unlike their music when played by themselves without the other party present. Fans of psychedelic progressive rock with impressive guitar skills and a certain knack for jazz fusion will be delighted by this quality hour retro feast. I must confess that I was afraid that this would turn out to be too much on the improvisational side, but the musicians were smart enough to put enough thought into the songwriting to allow Carta Marina to become an outstanding album!..."
Pascal Thiel from www.disagreement.net
".... FAZIT: Sirrende Synthesizer und gar nicht so stoische, aber leicht nervöse Grooves der treibenden Sorte vereinen sich auf "Carta Marina" mit einigen auf spektakuläre Weise am Abgrund balancierenden Gitarreneskapaden zu einem musikalischen Kuriosum zwischen Psychedelic Rock und Freiform-Musik. VESPERO demonstrieren einmal mehr ihre Furchtlosigkeit als Künstler und haben in Ángel Ontalva einen Bruder im Geist gefunden, der ihr Repertoire um eine weitere Nuance bereichert. ..."
Andreas Schiffmann from musikreviews.de/reviews/2018/Angel-Ontalva--Vespero/Carta-Marina/
"...Constantly stunning, 'Carta Marina' is an album strongly recommended! I'm sure all involved musicians will have extended their musical horizon during the recording process..."
Uwe Zickel from www.progarchives.com/Review.asp