Saturday, January 10, 2015

CUMBRES CARRASCOSA
"Silenced No" (Racecar Productions)



This tape holds six tracks of brittle droney bedroom-wave, all songs written and recorded by one dude over several years (in the Canary Islands of all places). The vocals are maybe above average for the genre, and certainly do most of the heavy lifting on these tracks, whereas the other instruments tend to loop endlessly and are more distinctive for what they do with timbre/FX than anything rhythmic or melodic. There's a vague lite psych feeling with the shifting echoes and droning organ parts that really comes to the fore on side 2, but the reliance on sequenced digital instruments and general lack of dynamics keeps most of the tracks from really taking off and reaching the astral plane.


-- Will Griscom

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