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Spc Eco: Don´t say (Ep, 2012)

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Personalmente, y desde hace mucho tiempo, me encantan esas poses tan cool que adoptan ciertos músicos no sólo ante el público en sus conciertos, sino de alguna manera, ante la música y su manera de concebirla e interpretarla. Algo así les ocurre a Spc Eco, una banda conocida por estos lares y que a finales del año pasado editó su segundo álbum, el genial You tell me, que hizo las delicias de nuestros ávidos oídos Shoegazers. Entonces decíamos que Spc Eco poseen el toque y la mezcla justa de Shoegaze y Dream-Pop. En este Ep, titulado Don´t say (2012), retoman el camino iniciado e incluso lo mejoran, puesto que eliminan algo de la hojarasca que enturbiaba la visión distorsionada de aquel, para concentrar en un formato reducido, lo mejor de su música: la distorsión, los loops, guitarras espaciales, los ritmos cadenciosos, las atmósferas creadas entre las voces de Rose Berlin y los instrumentos…
Un todo perfecto que llega quizás demasiado pronto con respecto a su antecesor, pero que desde luego será un disco altamente apreciado por aquellos amantes del género. Nosotros ya nos hemos enamorado.

Spc Eco – Don´t say (Ep, 2012)

“I’ve been meaning to review these for AGES. I even got as far as creating a word document on my laptop but all it says in it is: “Following in the somewhat frustrating tradition of having UK bands pointed out to me by someone who lives 5,000 miles away, I was introduced to the London based group SPC ECO [pronounced Space Echo].” With their new EP release Don’t Say and their recent signing to XD Records, I thought it was about time I got on with it. The main members are Dean Garcia, formerly of the band Curve, his daughter Rose Berlin, and guitarist Joey Levenson. Guest musicians appear throughout, including Chris McCormack on “Heavy Fucking Guitar”.
When I first heard their music in early 2011, I couldn’t work out whether they were still an active band or not, but with subsequent releases [that I also didn’t get round to writing about] and now this latest one I can fairly safely say that, yes, they are indeed still active. SPC ECO describe themselves on their Bandcamp as alternative, ambient, dream-pop, electronic, indie, nu gaze, rock, shoe-gaze from the UK. I’d say that just about covers it. The thing with most of their tracks is that they are really quite heavy and intense sonic assaults, but without the screaming and aggression that you would associate with genres like grindcore. It’s definitely not metal either – I’d say the main focus of the tracks is the synth, although there are plenty of guitars involved as well. The dreamy, sweet vocals from Rose Berlin counter the heaviness perfectly – it’s the sort of thing that done badly sounds awful, but for SPC ECO it really works.
At first I thought that this EP was not quite as melodic as the previous releases, but on repeat listens I started to hear more and more tunes swimming up out of the cacophony. To say the sort of music they create is easy listening sounds condescending, but that is how I could best describe it. It is never hard work to let the layers, beats, vocals and huge guitars wash over you. In other words, it is perfect soundtrack music. I would also advise exploring their back catalogue, including two full albums and several EPs, which are all available to stream and purchase on Bandcamp (

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29 marzo, 2012 Posted by | Spc Eco | 1 comentario

Desario: Mixer (2012)

Una prueba más de que los noventa comienzan a asomar la cabeza en lo que a revisionismo musical se refiere la constituye la aparición de una banda como Desario. El grupo, establecido en Sacramento, California, echa mano del College Rock surgido en los Estados Unidos a comienzos de aquella década para mostrar una de sus influencias más claras. Banda eminentemente de guitarras, el sonido de Desario es deudor tanto de aquellas bandas como de otras como Doves, Death Cab for CutieInterpol, Built to Spill... es decir, algo así como la parte menos furibunda de los noventa. Porque si de algo adolece la música de Desario es de una cierta rabia guitarrera en sus temas. Un poco más de nervio no les hubiera venido nada mal. Cuando sacan algo de alma en temas como Develop destroy, nuestros oídos lo agradecen.

Desario – Mixer (2012)

Desario call Sacramento, California home, but if you were told they hailed from the somewhat less exotic city of Glasgow you probably wouldn’t bat an eyelid. Their second album, ‘Mixer’, has its roots planted in the fertile bed of Scottish guitar bands of the 80s and 90s, as well as the the US collage rock scene they helped to inspire. As a result there’s little in the way of originality or experimentation here, instead we find 10 familiar sounding tracks, well executed but missing any particular wow factor. That’s not to say ‘Mixer’ is devoid of merit or appeal, there are some nice touches scattered throughout this record, albeit borrowed ones.
The default guitar setting is a pleasant, jangly fuzz that feels warm and worn like a cosy sweater. ‘Cement Sneakers’ sets the precedent and it’s a sound they barely stray from, beginning to end. Another band mixing The Jesus & Mary Chain, Pavement and Teenage Fanclub may not be what the world’s been crying out for, but when it works well – as on ‘Call Out Your Rivals’ or ‘Success (Is Ours)’ – it’s a treat to listen to. The excellent ‘Develop/Destroy’ recalls The Delgados when they were still rough around the edges.
There are points when ‘Mixer’ seems pedestrian and lacks spark, a few tracks outstay their welcome and this makes the album seem overly long. It may be a case of picking a handful of favourites and discarding the rest. Essentially, those looking for fresh new sounds would be advised to look elsewhere, however if you like jangly, laid-back, lo-fi indie then you’ll find moments to enjoy here” (

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29 marzo, 2012 Posted by | Desario | Deja un comentario


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