Saturday, May 10, 2008

El Guincho - Alegranza

Coming from Calatunya in Spain, El Guincho is a one-man-project of Pablo Díaz-Reixa that is slowly getting the recognition it deserves outside its own country. Practicing a sort of colourful psychedelic pop with tropical influences, the most obvious comparison should be with Animal Collective, due to the primitive and almost childish atmospheres that both projects explore, but the similarities end there, as "Alegranza" actually lives in a place of its own. Looped sounds, tribal rhythms and dub techniques are used to create frenetic mantras with Spanish chantings on top, where hypnotic harmonies are inserted while melting in a multitude of different layers that take the listenner into a delirious mental journey. To top it all, its geographic origins lend a fresh and sunny perspective to this music...and as summer is almost here, this fact alone makes "Alegranza" just perfect to start the season. (8/10)

El Guincho - Kalise (video)

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