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Pentecostes Vibrations : Spanish Xian Garage Psych & Beyond [coll] – [Hundergrum]

Thurston Hunger   1/23/2011   12-inch, International

Okay, so 13 tracks of Christian rock, which artist is going to be the
Judas? Hmmmm, we’ll get back to that, first the story on this is that
Hundergrummers in their digging up the “Andergraun” of Spanish sonic
soil from the 60’s/70’s noticed a thread developing in some of the
less overpowering items. A certain omnipresence if you well, you know
the X in Xian. Dios tuyo, pero no mio. Another unifying thread might
be that the vocals are a little more scrubbed/refined than you might
find in other psychedealings. The Spanish scene works in some horn
charts, on Los Mil-lers and Los Cirros. Units here are lead by a
dewey-eyed femme that earth folkers still will worship to this day.
Keyboards/organs appear, never the full-on church full-stop organ,
but meandering lines on that Los Mil-lers track and wobbly, warbly
ones on Enarat. Bremen’s “Mundo de Hoy” has a hint of power-pop
twinkle that comes out of its bassy bopping beginning. There’s a
tidiness, not necessarily sanctity, that restrains this, but it’s
a nice sonic capsule of one element of Spain post Vatican II. If
not in the garage, maybe in the rec room behind the igleisa?
Little oral blurbs “Spiritus Sancti” start each side and end
the second (stronger in my opinion) side.

-El Hombre del Hambre.

PS Not sure how much Pablo y Richard (note: not Ricardo) were paid, maybe 30 pieces of silver?

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