Album Review

Los Piranas – “Toma Tu Jabon Kapax” – [Vampi Soul]

Thurston Hunger   7/19/2013   12-inch, A Library

Three squeeze-toys from Bogota. Mario Galeano on bass and Pedro
Ojeda on drums are a pretty committed ritmo section, with Galeano
definitely willing to work a grove until the grave…or until you start
dancing. Ojeda is a complete party behind the drums and timbales,
ride ’em cowbell. But the super genius here is Eblis ??lvarez on guitar
by way of computer. It allows him to get really clean dirty sounds,
“Vuestro Bohia” definitely super squiggly guitar writhes like a cartoon
theremin, hyperglissando… Frequently he scatters notes in outer
space arpeggios rather than let a whole chord fly. Check out the
spy moves the trio pulls the trigger on “Caperuzo” and the “Lambada,”
the latter sounding like Marc Ribot dancing on a fake prosthetic leg.
Those tracks are dappled in reverb, but not so byte tweaked as others.
??lvarez’s guitar can whistle, whirl, bray like a donkey, sting like a bee.
There’s as much here to connect to tripped out, blipped in Bachelor
Pad music as there is to Cumbia…and Trout Mask Replicants can
take heart with the art on display. Colorful and dorky, shrill and
melodic, clever with all the right levers. Recorded (at least partially or
the audience was amazed to speechlessness at times) live in 2010,
but a pristine recording. “Marco Polo” has those two words and no
others as its lyrics, still it’s as fun as the pool game of the same name.
These Piranhas like their namesakes are tiny, cute and ferocious. Feed your
ears to them!

-Thurston Hunger / KFJC

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