Thursday, March 3, 2011

PEDRO MAGINA - "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five" C35 (NNF)



This kind of sprawling, minimal electronic noodling is pretty much everywhere these days.With some amazing acts like Emeralds, Oneohtrix Point Never and Arp churning out such massive and well received records as of late, most things of this nature get tagged as "ripoffs" and such, and are quickly discounted and pushed aside.But, every so often, something comes along to remind us that big things still come in tiny packages.Such is the case with Pedro Magina's latest cassette, "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five".The faded old credit card imagery on the cover doesn't give any real insight to what you will hear, which made this listen all the more worthwhile.Magina shows his love for the 80's at every turn, with a literal slew of synthesizers, electric organs, vibes and analog sounds of future's past.It's not entirely too heavy on futuristic retro junk, or generic nostalgia whatsoever.Instead, Magina's created a focused and full-bodied collection of songs, and each one is more compelling and memorable than the last.His miniature epics are like gentle streams of subtle melodies and bright arpeggios, trickling down into a much larger riverbed of strings and deep chord structures.Nothing repeats itself all that much, but this is far from "jamming".A surprisingly fresh and fun take on a somewhat overexposed genre.Highly Recommended.

Head over to NNF and pick one up.