Review: SAVATH Y SAVALAS // La Llama

December 4, 2009

Savath & Savalas - La Llama

Savath & Savalas - La Llama

Classic breathy Spanish melodies set against glitches and keyboard bleeps, argeggiators, and found sounds. Also dubbed Catalin acid-folk. Seems appropriate. For the uninitiated, its like crossing the Gilberto family (Astrud, Bebel, et al) with DNTEL.

La Llama is the most complex Savath & Savalas album yet. As the previous, they are inspired by the psychedelic music scene that flourished in Recife, Brazil during the 1970’s. This album lacks the organic immediacy of Apropa’t (one of my favorite albums ever), but provides a deeper headphone listen. And it more elaborately deconstucts its folk inspirations, devolving into noise and broken melody courtesy of producer/guiding light Guillermo Scott Herren (aka Prefuse 73).

On this fourth Savath album, Prefuse 73 is re-joined by singer Eva Puyuelo Muns – the voice of Apropa’t. Rounding out the lineup is multi-instrumentalist Roberto Carlos Lange, replacing Chicago indie luminary John McEntire.  Artwork by the great Jeff Jank, Stones Throw Records’ longstanding design wiz.

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