On 2005's MAR DE SUENOS, flamenco guitarist Armik continues where his previous efforts AMOR DE GUITARRA and CAF쳌 ROMANTICO left off. Like these other two albums, Armik's virtuosic guitar is featured in a slickly produced setting. He is backed up by Latin percussion, light keyboard accompaniment, and punchy electric bass on most of these tracks.
Armik's technique dazzles throughout. Predictably, each composition on MAR DE SUENOS is firmly entrenched in the Spanish guitar tradition, although some attempts have been made to bring out the music's inherent romantic qualities and pop sensibilities. For example, songs such as "Azul" and "Moorea" have a distinct dance feel to them, given their strong backbeats. The solo guitar piece "Intro To Sole" is the most beautiful track on this release. A reflective work, Armik blends gentle lyricism with flowery scalar movements. Additionally, his extensive use of arpeggios gives this piece a harp-like quality. The title track sees Armik once again showcasing his lightning fast finger-picking. This composition also has a rather steamy dance feel to it. Like Armik's previous releases, MAR DE SUENOS is a very passionate musical offering. In a word: caliente.
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