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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. If you like complex music with plenty of horns and a female vocalist who can sing with power you need to check this band out. Hailing from Chile and born from the ashes of the great FULANO this is a band who checks all the boxes for me. If not for that one song I'd be giving this the full 5 stars. Still an album that will be high on my final "best of" list for 2017. I was disappointed to see that Arlette the former singer for this band and FULANO is no longer here but the new singer who has been part of this band for years anyways is more than an adequate replacement. There's so much going on with each track, there's a lot to describe that's for sure so bear with me.

"Mc Entere Por Facebook" builds to a nice groove with horns. Love the female vocal melodies. Great sound here. A calm around 2 minutes with the drums and bass standing out. Electric piano joins in as we get some beautiful sounds. Dissonant horns before 4 1/2 minutes as the bass and drums impress. Those vocal melodies are back late to end it.

"Bombas En El Aire" opens with horns honking including a bass horn as the vocals arrive with drums in tow. She starts to sing with power a minute in as the music also gets heavier. A calm before 2 minutes as vocals and drums take over. She sings with power once again as themes are repeated. A nice dissonant guitar solo starting before 3 minutes. Horns are back then vocals before 4 minutes to end it.

"El Sofa" is led by the drums early on as we get these random patterns. Complex is the word including the intricate guitar that joins in. So impressive! Horns arrive around 1 1/2 minutes. The vocals before 2 1/2 minutes are kind of jerky like the guitar and drums here. It kicks into a steady groove before 3 minutes and she's singing fast here. The horns are back as the vocals stop. Vocal melodies before 4 1/2 minutes with driving drums and bass. The guitar joins in as well. So good!

"Mi Ego Me Odia" is heavy with guitar to begin with and check out the drumming. Male vocals and horns join in before a minute. Catchy stuff. Intense is the word as the horns join in. Passionate vocals are back to end it.

"Perfectible" is my favourite and it makes me laugh as we almost get her rapping the lyrics. It opens with horns but soon the guitar is ripping it up as the bass throbs and the drums impress big time. So much going on. Incredible! A change before 2 1/2 minutes then those amazing vocals sing with attitude almost spitting out the lyrics, and almost rapping as it were. Head-banging time. Discordant piano around 5 minutes. A mind blowing track.

"Deterioro Plausible De Los I Conos Erroeos" is where they slow it down as we get a beat with keys to start. It kicks in hard with horns just before a minute then settles back as male and female vocals arrive. It kicks in after 1 1/2 minutes but I'm not big on this although it settles again quickly as contrasts continue. My least favourite song by far.

"Wikistan" opens with bass and atmosphere then the drums kick in followed by vocals and horns just before a minute. Her singing is brief and what follows is complex. She's back after 2 1/2 minutes but not for long. I like the drums and horns after 3 minutes then the bass comes to the fore. Electric piano and horns standout after 3 1/2 minutes over the bass and drums. So freaking good as they seem to jam hard here. Guitar only echoes to the end.

"Mediabanda" opens with pulsating piano as the bass and drums join in. Soon vocal melodies arrive then horns as they replace the vocals. She's back before 2 minutes. Love her singing after 2 minutes and check out the bass that follows. The tempo picks up at 3 1/2 minutes, vocal melodies too.

This really is a must if your into adventerous music. Everything about this recording impresses me in a big way. One of the best from 2017!

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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