Album Review

Los Caballos De Dusseldorf – “3” – [bimbo tower records]

abacus   8/15/2012   12-inch, A Library

Group of silly Spaniard spinsters messing with hacked and recycled electronic circuitry and circuit-bent old toys and gadgets (they call em ‘doorags’) to make what they call DIY experimental electronic trash punk, but sounds like a bunch of mashed together classic video game music on tweak. All sorts of overlapping and looping computer generated sounds that have a very kitschy feel, and would be cheesy if they weren’t all thrown in a mixer together to create this smorgasbord of awkward, jittery rhythms and odd, noisy collages of sound. The beats are steady making this a very approachable album with something for everyone; we got some funky drum breaks (10), robotic bird sounds and galloping horses (2,7,12), warped and broken alphabet recitation or distant hallway voices (3, 14), telephone dialing or fuzzy buzzing melodies (4), even some final stage boss battling amidst marching saints and sugar plum fairies in a raygun firefight (11!). There’s really too much going on to name it all, but check out the longer tracks for a traffic jam of wind-up toys and a chaotic closing war scene leading to funeral ballad (5,15). Get your bounce on and jiggy!

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