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Elegancia Contenida – DESARIO: Haunted (Test Pattern Records, 2016)


Elegancia contenida, distorsiones cautelosas, composiciones equilibradas y el toque justo de rebeldía sonora. Desario son una banda californiana de largo bagaje que publican su nuevo trabajo con Test Pattern Records.

“Elegance, sophistication, melodies that touch the soul, songs that seem to have been conceived at some magic moment of the 80’s, but sound absolutely contemporary. Think of the classics, Bunnymen, Chills, Orange Juice, Ride and condense them, the result of this equation will surely be Desario” (The Blog That Celebrates Itself)



3 noviembre, 2016 Posted by | Desario | Deja un comentario

Desario: Red Returns (Test Pattern Records, 2015)

El sonido de Desario es algo así como una huella constante de ciertas sonoridades de los ochenta que tienen mucho que ver con el Pop que se facturaba en las Islas Británicas, con esa tendencia a la búsqueda de la belleza por la frialdad. Acaban de publicar este Red Returns en el sello Test Pattern Records.

“With their well-reviewed full-length, Mixer, as their template, Desario has moved forward crafting songs with tighter arrangements and “to the point” hooks, reminiscent of classic ‘80s and ‘90s Britpop, shoegaze, and indie, with a current aesthetic. 
Deciding to forego the DIY approach this time around, Desario chose to work with highly respected Sacramento veteran recording engineer Tony Cale. With Desario focusing on performance and Cale manning the board, the sessions resulted in a sound that will pleasantly surprise fans of the band’s previous releases and please fans of the band’s live shows. 
More raw, stripped down, and rhythm-section based than previous recordings, Red Returns still highlights the dual guitar approach that brought them attention. Red Returns is definitely the fresh, exciting, and logical next chapter for Desario, with many, many more chapters yet to follow…” (Press)

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16 junio, 2016 Posted by | Desario | Deja un 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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