Posts Tagged ‘Mexico’

Perhaps the best thing anyone can do with a legacy is build on it. A change of scene certainly helps to avoid getting stuck in the ever diminishing returns of routine, churning out the same result every time, but with ever less inspiration. So when Lorelle Meets The Obsolete swapped the sprawling chaos of Mexico City for the wide open Baja peninsula, Mexico’s remaining bit of California, it turned out to be a very smart move. The formal inclusion of members of their live band, drummer Andrea Davi, José Orozco on synthesizer and bassist Fernando Nuti, into the creative process broadened the sonic palette still more, with the net result that their fifth album, often a marker by which time only diehards have maintained any interest, is their most fully realised and beautiful to date.

It’s not as if they’ve abandoned their past mind. Wigout wildness is still very much to the fore in “Unificado”, for example, but change is apparent after the crawling menace of album opener “Ana”. “Líneas en Hojas” introduces itself with a bassline on the verge of breaking into “Billie Jean”, gritty guitar lines and pretty distorted vocals before a bright, clear chorus sends a shaft of light and warmth through the clouds. Perhaps the album’s highlight however is the mesmerising “La Maga”, where the gentle rolling shimmer of the opening three minutes shifts into a drifting, sunset glide of undulating keyboards and repeating guitars that build softly on…and on…

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All music by Lorena Quintanilla and Alberto González
All words by Lorena Quintanilla

Lorelle: vocals, electric guitar, synths, combo organ and percussion
The Obsolete: electric guitar, synths, combo organ and percussion
Special guests: Andrea Davi (drums, percussion and vocals), Fernando Nuti (bass and vocals), José Orozco Mora (synths and combo organ)

Recommended if you like: Moon Duo, Death And Vanilla, Psychic Ills.

 

Mexican duo Lorelle Meets The Obsolete return with their fourth album, ‘Balance’, which was released in September via Captcha Records and Sonic Cathedral. ‘Balance’ was recorded by the band at their home studio, before being mixed by Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas) at MINBAL in Chicago and mastered in Melbourne by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring).

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The title track and opener blows away the layers of dusty psych from 2014’s ‘Chambers’, the duo’s previous album, to reveal a sparse and spare sound, embellished with new wave keyboards that wouldn’t sound out of place on one of the early Magazine albums; ‘The Sound Of All Things’ is a mini-epic, opening with a two-and-a-half-minute soundscape, before roaring into life; ‘La Distinción’ is a driving drone-rocker, not dissimilar to ‘What’s Holding You?’ but with the addition of a surprisingly soulful chorus. Lorelle Meets The Obsolete count Robert Smith, Mani and Sonic Boom among their fans, but the most enthusiastic is Henry Rollins. Here’s what he said about ‘Balance’: “It lives up to its name by achieving a balance between fuzz and clarity, nuance and throttle. The mix, which is incredible, utilises the brilliance of the component parts of each song, with a subtlety and dexterity that is not nearly as frequent in the albums that came before. It feels more like there was such an accumulation of captured dreams and their interpretation, that eventually it filled an album.”

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Carla Sariñana is not just one of Mexico’s most prominent and hard-working musicians: her alter ego, Silver Rose, is someone you will want to affiliate yourself with. Not just a purveyor of mind-nourishing, fantastic music – an intelligent and inspirational human who is aiming to put Mexican musician on the map. When we think of nations like Mexico, we have perceptions and misconceptions. The fact is this: allow that to cloud your senses and you miss out on a world of great music.  Silver Rose touches on the Mexican music scene and reappropriation measures; how her career got started and what we can expect from her new E.P. We also look at the new single, and what the coming year holds for Silver Rose’s Sariñana.

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Contemporary Shoegaze and Dream Pop music project born in 2015.

Mexican shoegaze band Car Crash Sisters on the excellent Ride covers compilation released by The Blog That Celebrates Itself, Leave Them All Behind. That cover drew me to their new EP, The Crystal Garden, which dropped in early May and is available on their Bandcamp page. The EP runs the gamut of the band’s influences and ranges from smashing shoegaze to dreamy musical sequences. The band’s two married guitarists, Kique and Alma, agreed to answer some questions about the band’s past history and the recording of their new EP.

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With your grand cover of Ride’s “Here and Now”. How big an influence is Ride, and would you also count Swervedriver as a big influence? Because some of the songs on your new EP, like “All My Friends” and “Automatic”, seem like Adam Franklin snuck into your studio.

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The actual concept of Car Crash Sisters was formed in 2013. We’ve been since producing the songs from our first EP “The Crystal Garden” which will be released in 2015.

Mexico’s Car Crash Sisters, who’ve finally dropped their new EP, The Crystal Garden’.

great band name, Taken from the album “Chambers”

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete have announced their eagerly awaited return to Europe and the UK for a lengthy tour, which begins in Italy next month, immediately after the release of their third album Chambers which is out now on Sonic Cathedral Records since March .

The Mexican psych duo of Lorelle (aka Lorena Quintanilla) and The Obsolete (aka Alberto González) will be joined by the rhythm section from Italian band The New Candys”for the tour, which will also take in shows in Spain, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and a slot on the French festival Les Femmes S’en Melent .