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

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

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

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

imago, Sunday, 15 April 2018 18:51 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) Permalink

Easier if you don't.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 16 April 2018 22:42 (three months ago) Permalink

i like this very much!!

calzino, Monday, 16 April 2018 23:17 (three months ago) Permalink

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

calzino, Monday, 16 April 2018 23:20 (three months ago) Permalink

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

imago, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:27 (three months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

album of the year. I don't speak spanish but I know the sound of someone wrestling with the burden of their dasein servitude when I hear it

ogmor, Saturday, 7 July 2018 12:54 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah I was wondering when you'd get to this

imago, Saturday, 7 July 2018 14:19 (one week ago) Permalink

interview in el mundo about authenticity and cultural appropriation. does anyone know who he's referring to with the 'three kings/magi' thing?

ogmor, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 13:51 (yesterday) Permalink

cosmic folk allusions correct; reminds me a LOT of Richard Dawson

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 16:22 (yesterday) Permalink

xp to ogmor That would be the Spanish equivalent of saying father christmas doesn't exist, no? Since the magi bring the gifts in Spain.

brain (krakow), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 22:05 (yesterday) Permalink

ah! ty, getting obsessed with this record is proving to be highly educational

ogmor, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 22:47 (yesterday) Permalink

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