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Gregorio Paniagua

Batiscafo

Munster

Released: 27th March 2020



"Batiscafo" by Gregorio Paniagua is one of these elusive treasures. First released in 1980 on Hispavox, the album disappeared after a short run and no further editions in any format have been available until now. Paniagua is a classically trained musician and scholar of music with an extensive and fruitful history of researching, recording and rediscovering ancient music and has toured across the world to great critical acclaim. In 1980 he shut himself off from the world every night for a whole month to record "Batiscafo": a record that seeks to emulate Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells and which vanished all too soon, becoming the Holy Grail of Spanish experimental music. "Batiscafo" anticipated a wave of avant-garde Spanish music in the 80s with key figures such as Suso Suiz, Pep Llopis, Ishinoana or Finis Africae who are now being rediscovered and admired outside Spain. It is a highly original and imaginative record that continues to surprise listeners forty years on, with its bold combination of early electronic music, classicism, experimentation and psychedelia. Reissued here for the first time, includes facsimile artwork and extensive liner notes. Remastered from the original tapes and pressed on 180g vinyl.