"On this follow up to 2008’s excellent Rotonova, Spanish guitarist Raúl Huelves (a.k.a. Razl) leads a power trio featuring bassist extraordinaire Bryan Beller and deep-pocket drummer Pepe Acebal—with cameos from guitarist Will Bernard and trumpeter Rubén Salvador. Coaxing super-seductive tones from both electric and acoustic guitars sans pick, Razl struts and grooves hard throughout, as compelling riffs, clever rhythmic twists, atypical harmonic touches, and an imaginative use of effects further flavor this savory sonic gumbo."
Barry Cleveland (Guitar Player magazine)
"I just had the pleasure of listening to Razl´s latest album, "Microscopic". I cannot think of a better use of your time than to listen to this guitarist play some of the most infectious grooves being heard on this planet"
Walter Kolosky (music journalist, author of Follow your heart-John McLaughlin song by song)
"Microscopic continues the trend set on Rotonova with nine slightly off-the-wall funk-inspired instrumentals with titles such as The Amazing Story of Al the Aardvark and Zombie Brew. What´s not to like?"
David Mead (Guitar Techniques Magazine)
Guitar player Razl comes back with a new work full of surprises. A psychedelic journey to a microscopic world that doesn’t exist. Razl radicalizes his flawed musical conception, mixing rough prog with dusty grooves, and aliens with circus freaks. Any element has a way into Razl’s damaged mind, although nothing is random. After a not recommended meditation phase, Razl ends up getting a hand on improvisation as the guideline for his music… from his particular point of view though.
His debut album Rotonova, counted with the collaboration of musicians such as Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller or Dean Brown and had an exceptional welcome in specialized media like Guitar Player Magazine "Great grooves, upbeat melodies, and tasteful solos!", websites like www.jazz.com
"This is Fusion with a capital F, proving that there's no shame in revisiting the past when the results are this good." and radio stations like Green Arrow Radio (where Rotonova was number three in the list of Best albums in 2008).
In this occasion, Razl is accompanied by Bass player Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, Mike Keneally Band, Metalocalypse) whose saturated music lines puzzles a confused audience, and drummer Pepe Acebal, whose determination to rebuild rhythmical bases and take them to a next level turns into an unusual rhythmical mass.
Besides, Razl has had two exceptional guests: guitar player Will Bernard (Stanton Moore trio) in the track Locksmith St. and trumpeter Rubén Salvador in Galactic Alignment and in The bearded woman meets Fedor the giant.
The mix is done by Lorenzo Matellán, a crazy scientist capable of breaking a glass with his whistle. Other than that, professor Matellán runs a music studio, Headroom Estudio.
Microscopic is based on the concept of power trio, with whom Razl usually plays live concerts, although taken into a studio and orchestrated with multiple textures and timbres.
His distinctive finger-picking style gives his sound more force and dirtiness, which goes with his will of getting away of any established cliché. The influence of progressive rock from the 70’ and vanguards jazz rock are filtered and reflected upon with the intention of making them sound like blues, psychedelic and funk.
In the recording process Razl has carefully chosen sounds and surrounded himself by an infinite number of vintage and boutique pedals: ring modulators, phasers and fuzzes to generate different textures, resonators and acoustic guitars played through amplifiers in order to give them an old fashion touch. Also solid and semihollow electric guitars to define the different layers of the guitar orchestration. Any devise that can be put on the strings and amplified catches Razl’s attention and will be part of this collection.
released March 1, 2011
Razl: The guitarist
Bryan Beller: The bass boy
Pepe Acebal: The drummer
special guests: Rubén Salvador & Will Bernard
My love for Alicia.
My deepest affection for my parents and my family (Marta, Toñín, Paula, Lucía, Lore, César & Cirilo).
A thousand kisses to Carola, for her alone.
Thank you to Oscar Catalán, Alfonso Martinez, Juanjo López , Julián Toledo, Diego del Saz, Marcos Salso, Miguel Carretero, Raquel Collar de Gibson, Mauri Sanchis, Blas Fernández, Iñigo Corcuera, Mr.G and Zeta for their invaluable help both material and intellectual.
Thanks to Pepe Acebal, Bryan Beller, Rubén Salvador,Will Bernard & Lorenzo Matellán for your amazing talent.
Pepe and Lorenzo, I have no words to thank you once again.
My gratitude to all of those who at some point crossed paths with my music, wherever you were in the world. Thank you for listening to it or write about it.
Razl is still Raúl Huelves… for now at least.
For more information about Razl, please check:
Warning! Highly infectious guitar-and-beyond ridden groove-a-thon!
All tracks produced, composed & arranged by Razl
Recorded & Mastered @ Headroom Studio (Madrid) by Lorenzo Matellán www.headroom.es
Art design by Juanjez www.juanjez.com
1.- I´M NOT ME
2.- GALACTIC ALIGNMENT
3.- LOCKSMITH ST.
5.- PROG PUG
6.- THE AMAZING ADVENTURE OF AL, THE AARDWARK
7.- ZOMBIE BREW
8.- THE BEARDED WOMAN MEETS FEDOR THE GIANT
Bryan Beller: bass
Pepe Acebal: drums & spoons
Will Bernard: guitar in Locksmith St.
Rubén Salvador: trumpet in Galactic Alignment and The Bearded woman meets Fedor the giant