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Traffic Sound


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.14 | 11 ratings

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Sean Trane
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3 stars Born a few months before the Junta took over Peru's control and declared many occidental novelties enemies of the "Peruvian heritage", Traffic Sound managed some four albums in a difficult context between censorship and the underground life. By the time of Lux, the group had become quite an accomplished one, especially with their previous album, Tibet's Suzettes; but here with this stunning solar & planetary gatefold artwork, TS grows another dimension and dares to become Peruvian.

Although the album starts on the 60s-ish title track (can't deny their garage roots), the mood is exploratory, progressive and Andean as Gusano can attest,. Although badly recorded (the vocals are really bad), the track is enlightened with a sweet flute and some Latino percussions, and there is a slight bossa nova feel in the rhythm. Up next are White Deal and its badly recorded sax intervention and the very percussive Poco, then almost a reprise with Big deal. Ending the album's first side, Inca Snow is a bluesy manner.

Opening the flipside is the album's centrepiece is the 10-mins+ Marabunta with tons of flutes and saxes (Magnet is clearly the better musician in the band) , then almost dies to lead into an organ solo and some Machiavelic folk to cap it all off. Past the unremarkable Survival track, Beautiful Day is quite an enthralling piece and features some fuzz guitars. The closing Revolution is probably why this was their last album, and a good way to close up.

Well my South American adventures had not strayed this far up north, if you'll except Brazil's Bacamarte, as like most progheads, I stuck to the Southern tip if Latin America, which were more Occidentalised during the 70's than was the more-Amerindian countries. Despite its horrible sound, Lux is a worthy album, but it's nothing all that exceptional either and I suggest trying their previous effort first

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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