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Biography

This fiery 6-piece Basque outfit from the mid-70's released a couple of folk-prog albums similar in style to STEELEYE SPAN, PENTANGLE and FAIRPORT CONVENTION. They integrate many progressive elements to their sound (especially on their second album) but their material is predominantly folk, with male and female vocalists alternately singing solo or in chorus. As compared to many Spanish folk bands, however, IZUKAITZ make comparatively minor use of percussion. Instead, they'll treat you to the usual guitar/keyboard/bass set with some flute and fiddle, plenty of acoustic guitar, some percussion as well as local (Basque) instruments such as goxoak and xirula.

Their first (eponymous) album is not exactly progressive but it is still an excellent piece of pure Celtic folk with some rock tinges; predominantly acoustic, its electric elements are reduced to a few bass and keyboard lines. On the other hand, the sizzling "Otsoa Dantzan" is truly a prog-folk album, its atmosphere lying somewhere between latin psychedelic-folk and the medieval folk of GRYPHON. Overall, the album sounds a lot like ITOIZ's first album.

Recommended to fans of ITOIZ, PENTANGLE, FAIRPORT CONVENTION, GRYPHON and particularly STEELEYE SPAN.

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