Album Review

Psychedelic Rock Mexican [coll] – [Orfeon Records]

mann   7/16/2013   12-inch, A Library

This is a three band compilation of funky Mexican psyche rock from the late-60s-early 70s. Think Os Mutantes and Os Brazoes but Mexican not Brazilian, closer to LA if you will [pssst: organs]. A signature of American soul drumming was what Bernard Purdie called ghost-notes, or grooving on the 16th. American psyche bands, like say Blue Cheer, didn’t really apply this technique, but Mexican/South American psyche bands didn’t leave anything out, driven by their native sounds, and mixing in anything dripping down the continents from frequency to frequency. Sure the guitars are mad fuzzed out like your shirt when you pull the new sweater off, but then it also sounds like they got Clyde Stubblefield from James Brown’s band in on the groove sesh. This psyche rock with soul-drumming style is best exemplified on the Los Papos track: I See You Very Lonely. As well, the song’s open drum break is probably already a must have for break record nerds and beat-smiths. So you can drop blotter and twirl in circles to this trippy rock, but your moves better be on the one, jack! Plays at 33. Mann the General.

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