Tuesday, May 21, 2013

... MONTENEGRO “Confusos Recuerdos Después Del Coma" (Album Review)

With “Confusos Recuerdos Después Del Coma" the four piece psychedelic stoner rock band “Montenegro” from Buenos Aires/Argentina present their debut album. They play a quite individual style combining desert rock, psychedelic and folk sounds. The band formed in 2009 and the album was released 2013 (Sick-o-Delic Records). It consists of four lengthy songs with an overall runtime of about 35 minutes.
The opener “Idario” starts off with slow, low bass tunes that gradually are joined by the other instruments to slowly develop a nice thick fuzzy carpet of psychedelic stoner vibes. The striking warm vocals only set in after about 1/3 of the song.
“Soluciones” then begins with a simple basic slow blues rhythm that soon mixes with folky tunes sounding South American and Eastern European and with proggy groovy sounds as well. A lot of twists in rhythm and tempo is going on here before the vocals finally join in towards the end of the song.
“Tiempo Fractal” is a dynamic space trip. Psychedelic guitar riffs ride on a steady repetitive rhythm. There are spoken words then a quiet but tension building middle part … sung vocals join the hypnotic rhythm to end in a psychedelic jam with a warm fuzzy guitar sound.

The intro of “Santa Cruz” sounds like a movie sample of an old spaghetti western (it is not though). There’s spoken words again accompanied by a dark quirky percussion rhythm and dramatic melody that merges into a nicely spread out thick fuzzy psychedelic carpet again.

“Confusos Recuerdos Después Del Coma” offers four pretty diverse songs, with “Soluciones” probably being the most experimental and outstanding one. What they all have in common though, is the dark warm guitar tone providing the specific “desert” fuzz that thankfully doesn’t drown the remarkable groovy bass and drum work and the warm raw vocals. There’s a great feel for dramatic composition in the songwriting that adds a marked texture and personality to the songs.
I highly recommend you check out this debut album, it’s a really distinct take on the genre.

words by Ulla Roschat



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