Album Review

Tension: Spanish Experimental Underground 1980-1985 [coll] – [Munster]

Laethaka   5/9/2012   CD, International

18 reverberations of western cultural revolutions in this pretty good variety of pretty good experimental noise/rock

#1: upbeat and English vocals and lots of synth

#2 and 4 and 13: aggressive Spanish and rock

#3 and 5: mostly Spanish vocals with some sax

#6 and 7 and 8 and 10 and 12: laid back Spanish, synth, beats; #12 trips in and out

#9 and 11: builds into screeches and wildness with a synth background, #11 has a super creepy dental intro

#14-18: instrumental experimental temperamentals, you will really like exactly one of these

one of the artists self-defines his work as “nihilistic primitivism that could take elements from punk, but also a certain virtuosity from other things that were taboo like funk, jazz, or progressive rock.” The booklet’s neat snippets include Barcelona’s ‘Radio Pica’, an experimental station that bloomed for two years before getting axed by the government in 1987.

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