Sunday 11 August 2019

Viaje a Ixtlan - CALMA I & CALMA II (Album Review)

Release date: May 20th 2019. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Calma I – Tracklisting

1.El Puente 05:50
2.El Rio 06:32
3.Sueño de Agua 06:52
4.Atemporal 04:41

Calma II – Tracklisting

1.Ruhe 09:42
2.Motorico 07:02
3.Autopista 03:41
4.El Aliado 05:50


Mariano Bertolazzi – Bass
Andrés “el Jeque” Raffo – Synth
Fernando Figueiras – Guitar
Leonardo Aldegani – Drums


It’s quite ambitious for South American Psych Rockers Viaje a Ixtlan to release a double album with Calma I and Calma II. It would have been better to release the album as one overall package. Though I’m hear to review the music and not how they’ve been released.

Viaje a Ixtlan play a wild blend of Psych Rock, Krautrock, Post-Rock and Stoner Rock that works for the majority of both albums. The sound can be too experimental in places but Viaje a Ixtlan have written some excellent out of this world sounds. The albums sound quite similar to each other but vastly different as well with Calma I being the heaviest of the two albums and Calma II being the more quiet and less forceful release.

The albums are superbly produced with Viaje a Ixtlan playing a wide range of different moods and emotions. The vocals are quite personal in places and feel restrained especially on Calma I. There is a lot of sonic experimentation on both albums and Viaje a Ixtlan are quite adapt in marrying off different sounds and genres that shouldn’t really work but they pull this off with effortless style and grace.

You can hear some cool sounding “Jazz” influences being played on different parts of both albums and it has quite a chilled out effect before the Space Rock grooves appear and return Viaje a Ixtlan to their heavier Post-Rock/Stoner Rock vibes.

Even though both albums are quite on the short side each running for 25 minutes. You are treated to some fantastic progressive sounds. If you’re a fan of EARTHLESS then you will find much to admire here.

Viaje a Ixtlan have released two superb albums that have every emotional need and mood covered with their Psychedelic/Spaced Out journey into the cosmos.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe


Calma I 

Calma II