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A kaleidoscope of musical sounds that all maintain that Spanish slant on the Melodic Rock sound.

Spain seems to be a current hotbed for Rock music right now. The likes of The Val, Eldorado and Showbiz are all making their mark on the European music scene, whilst all maintaining their own unique sound; Jordi Castilla & Carta Magna is no exception.

'Mirate', which translates into 'Look At You' in English, is the bands third release but I must admit to not having heard of the band before. The five-piece band, hailing from Seville, consists of band leader Jordi Castilla – who contributes vocals, guitar and keyboards – alongside the rhythm section of Marc Cirera (bass) and Pablo Estevez (drums) as well as two additional vocalists in Daniel Hidalgo and Ana Perea who do a fantastic job of building each other's sound.

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The album is sung entirely in Spanish, a language I only have a basic understanding of, yet I found myself imaging lyrics that went along with the beautiful rhythm's that managed to Rock as well as make you feel laid back and transported to foreign shores. Highlights are the title track and 'La Ultima Cancion' which also features a guest appearance from Harem Scarem's Pete Lesperance. The song is also repeated as the last track with a guest appearance from highly respected Spanish artist Rafa Martin.

'Mirate' is a kaleidoscope of musical sounds that all maintain that Spanish slant on the Melodic Rock sound; at times incorporating some Flamenco Rock and showing the influence of early Santana whilst still keeping a Modern Rock slant. The multi-layered vocals of the trio give the album a real depth aided by top class production that makes this album a very easy listen. If you can get over the fact it is entirely in Spanish, the music is well worth exploring.

The sound of a Spanish summer might not be everyone's glass of Sangria, but if you give it a try you might just enjoy the rhythm.

Mick Parry

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