Niño De Elche (deconstructed flamenco)

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New album is *amazing* and completely crazed in the high tradition of Spanish modernism. I can't find a satisfying enough thread to bump, so he gets his own.

Album cover feels like a total pisstake, designed to wrongfoot classical music buffs...although from what I can tell this is getting pretty breathless press in Spain, so maybe the listeners (and Sony) haven't been gulled, and something like this is what the flamenco fans have all been waiting for

https://e.snmc.io/lk/o/l/f77f947e4bfd43e4f13e566f2900a7e1/6884518.jpg

A sample track? I mean, you should hear the whole thing as no two tracks are remotely similar, but...idk, try this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1YEMCfDM3c

...or, if you want something a bit more straightforward

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONVBS6hkE_Q

I'm excited to check out his earlier solo work (he's also in Exquirla)

imago, Sunday, 15 April 2018 18:51 (one week ago) Permalink

OK, his previous album (Voces del extremo) is pretty much...Krautrock! Much more straightforward (and less folk) than the new one but lovely stuff nonetheless - it's like a slightly more obscure take on the cosmic folk phenomenon we're seeing in UK and US music (Gwenno, Circuit Des Yeux etc)

imago, Sunday, 15 April 2018 19:19 (one week ago) Permalink

this is a lot of fun even without having a clue what's going on. a rigorous cataloguing of flamenco styles in 'historiographical order'?

ogmor, Monday, 16 April 2018 09:47 (six days ago) Permalink

I also liked it precisely for this mix between retaining traditional rigor / gusto and its irreverent playfulness, stretching the genre and pushing it into unknown territories. Not everything works, some of those instrumentals bring little past their 'novelty', but I found Niño de Elche's voice constantly interesting, the guy is obviously passionate about it. I don't mind to have this much material when it's that fun to jump from one snippet to a grave number to another snippet / saynette. And so I don't even feel bad towards pure traditional flamenco (not as if I owed it anything, I'm not Spanish).

Nabozo, Monday, 16 April 2018 10:20 (six days ago) Permalink

this sounds promising, but am I allowed to listen to it if I know virtually nothing about flamenco?

the yolk sustains us, we eat whites for days (unregistered), Monday, 16 April 2018 22:27 (six days ago) Permalink

Easier if you don't.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 16 April 2018 22:42 (six days ago) Permalink

i like this very much!!

calzino, Monday, 16 April 2018 23:17 (six days ago) Permalink

I'm just glad it sounds nothing like frigging cosmic folk tbh!

calzino, Monday, 16 April 2018 23:20 (six days ago) Permalink

yeah the previous album is passing fun; this one is a feast

imago, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:27 (five days ago) Permalink


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