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 years ago) link
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 years ago) link
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 years ago) link
Easier if you don't.
― xyzzzz__, Monday, 16 April 2018 22:42 (three years ago) link
i like this very much!!
― calzino, Monday, 16 April 2018 23:17 (three years ago) link
I'm just glad it sounds nothing like frigging cosmic folk tbh!
― calzino, Monday, 16 April 2018 23:20 (three years ago) link
yeah the previous album is passing fun; this one is a feast
― imago, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:27 (three years ago) link
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 (three years ago) link
yeah I was wondering when you'd get to this
― imago, Saturday, 7 July 2018 14:19 (three years ago) link
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 (three years ago) link
cosmic folk allusions correct; reminds me a LOT of Richard Dawson
― sean gramophone, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 16:22 (three years ago) link
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 (three years ago) link
ah! ty, getting obsessed with this record is proving to be highly educational
― ogmor, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 22:47 (three years ago) link
seeing him moan abt the taxi strike on twitter I come to the sad realisation not even heterodox flamenco is left unsullied by politics, there is no escape in 2018. it's a great album but, at least through google translate, he's a pompous bore
― ogmor, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 11:11 (three years ago) link
nunca sigas a tus héroes
― imago, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 11:30 (three years ago) link
he's such a turd.
following him on twitter provides an interesting window into the workings of contemporary spanish complacent chauvinism.
his stuff on cultural appropriation was eyebrow raising but now i see him revelling in his provocations and defending ppls rights to make jokes about gypsies, a fuller and uglier picture has emerged. being full of shit is obv useful for an artist and I like this album of centrist flamenco
― ogmor, Tuesday, 28 August 2018 17:41 (three years ago) link
this is nothing compared to me still liking 'the voice of steel' by nokturnal mortum, last seen headlining a nazi festival
sometimes turds have tunes. hell, musical vision
― imago, Tuesday, 28 August 2018 20:28 (three years ago) link
ah the man is an asshole?
have been obsessed over this album all week, it's amazing. the scope of it. woah.
― Ludo, Sunday, 17 February 2019 18:20 (two years ago) link
we only found out he was an asshole (of a common/garden variety) because we liked the music enough to find out
it really is a brilliant work
― imago, Sunday, 17 February 2019 18:31 (two years ago) link
new album is pretty striking. i like it
― imago, Friday, 24 May 2019 10:05 (two years ago) link
appropriation and all
― imago, Friday, 24 May 2019 10:06 (two years ago) link
idk if I'll have the patience for the whole album but Europa off his latest one is sounding incredible, a sort of Spanish answer to Wire's The First Letter (the song) or something
― imago, Friday, 8 October 2021 11:41 (two months ago) link