Album Review

Escama Serrada – “La Reina Esta Mala” – [Tourette]

Thurston Hunger   6/24/2013   A Library, CD

Tourrette 2008/9 twins separated at birth, see also O Paradis’ “La Corte
del Rey Pescador.” This project is Sergio Mendez with some help from
the other side of Paradis. While reflecting a cinematic feel akin to
its twin, this is the more experimental, sound collage creation.
It does include slices of song, like the nostalgia easy 60’s pop
that collides with veering noise signal on the opener, #3 has a sort
or bass-driven private-eye alley rocker, the ghost of John Lennon is
re-Imagined on #5 after a brief rainstorm drives our ears to a fire
to dry out. Well first a marching band walks through. It is a
a confusing album, but I sense not a confused one. Mendez’s cuts
are too deliberate, too precise…so even if there is no actual film,
it does feel like there is a story behind the music and the evil
queen on the floor. How else to explain the final cut (the deepest
cut against the king?) where a hungry volcano rumbling and grumbling
for a sacrifice gives way as a horse canters in, wild dogs then challenge
the lullaby music box singing “Auld Lang Syne” to a disconsolate child.
The king is dead, long live the king…and the dark aquatic dreams
that haunt Escama Serrada.
-Thurston Hunger

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