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What’s Playing Now (Snack size edition) July 3, 2008

Posted by ashiah in Music, What's Playing Now.
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Alla – Es Tiempo (2008 )
Alla are three Mexican-Americans from Chicago. Lead singer Lupe Martinez sings in breathy Spanish over laid-back, yet unremarkable music. I tried really hard to like this album, but I kept forgetting what I was listening to. The songs are light and airy but tend to swoop into areas that don’t take the songs anywhere. “El Moviemento” is one of the few tracks to somewhat have a working formula. The song is like a psychedelic country ride that beautifully builds toward the end, not in a overdone way but just enough to realize the song has ended and another track is about to start (wish I could say the same about the others). Alla has great potential, though. They might be making pretty background music now, but who knows where they’ll be tomorrow.

Olafur Arnalds – Eulogy For Evolution (2007)
From Iceland, Olafur Arnalds has been getting lots of press for this year’s captivating Variation of Static. It’s only logical to see where Arnalds began and have a look at his debut. Eulogy For Evolution is sparser and more delicate. The songs are like icicles in their perfection — as if one touch or sudden move will cause the entire song to collapse. Arnalds reminds me somewhat of my favorite band, World’s End Girlfriend. The difference is Arnalds is less interested in making something frantic and experimental — he’s more of a minimalist. But both musicians have a classical aesthetic to their music that’s refreshing to hear. In fact, I think this album is slightly better than Variation Of Static. But shh, don’t tell anyone.

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